UT Health San Antonio teams up with San Antonio Brahmas to deliver game-day care

UT Health San Antonio medical team members for the Brahmas. (Left to right): Caitlyn Mooney, MD, Orthopaedics; Aditya Raghunandan, MD, Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine; Benjamin Wallisch, DO, Anesthesiology; Ken O. Kenneth-Nwosa, MD, Orthopaedics; Katherine Bartush, MD, Orthopaedics; John Parker, MD, Orthopaedics; and Felix Amarista, DDS, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.


UT Health San Antonio is the official sports medicine provider for the San Antonio Brahmas, the local XFL football team.  


FEBRUARY 19, 2023: The St, Louis Battlehawks against the San Antonio Brahmas at The Alamo Dome on February 19th, 2023 in San Antonio, TX.
(© Gerald Leong/XFL)

A sports medicine team provides medical care for the team’s athletes with comprehensive care on the field for home games, ensuring the health and safety of each player. Offering access to UT Health San Antonio’s high-quality providers and vast services ensures each player’s medical needs are met and are prepared to succeed on and off the field.


UT Health San Antonio’s orthopaedic physicians Katherine Bartush, MD, head orthopaedic surgeon, and Ken O. Kenneth-Nwosa, MD, head team physician, lead the Brahmas local medical team. Sports medicine physician Caitlyn Mooney, MD, joins them, with orthopaedic surgeons Thomas DeBerardino, MD, and Philip Jacobs, MD.  


Brahmas players in their inaugural game.Other key specialties available for the on-the-field medical team include UT Health San Antonio anesthesiologists, rehabilitation medicine, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, primary care physicians, emergency medicine, dentists, ophthalmologists, ear/nose/throat providers and athletic trainers. Each provider is an expert in their field and trained to respond to injuries received in a game.  


Together, the medical team focuses on preventing common injuries, recognizing and treating concussions, understanding the role proper stretching, hydration and nutrition play in keeping athletes healthy, and deciding when a player has fully recovered and is safe to return to play. 


XFL Brahmas team practice
FEBRUARY 12, 2023: San Antonio Brahmas practice at Northwest ISD Stadium in Justin, TX on February 12th, 2023
(© Samantha Weaver/XFL)

In addition to acting as the exclusive medical partners for the Brahmas, UT Health San Antonio’s orthopaedic providers currently serve as medical partners for the University of Texas at San Antonio Athletics and Soccer Central. 


The San Antonio Brahmas is a new, professional football team based in San Antonio and led by head coach Hines Ward, the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers’ all-time leading receiver. The Alamodome plays host to the Brahmas and discounted game tickets for home games are available for UT Health San Antonio students, faculty and employees. Click here to purchase tickets. Enter promo code: 2023PARTNER



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