Sports Medicine

Rothman Orthopaedics Named Official Orthopedic Physicians for the XFL Orlando Guardians

Rothman Orthopaedics will provide sports medicine and athletic training coverage, as well as concussion-spotting responsibilities for Orlando’s XFL team.


Rothman Orthopaedics, a global leader in musculoskeletal care and the largest private practice in the U.S., has been named “The Official Orthopedic Team Physicians of the Orlando Guardians” in addition to having a marketing partnership with the team in the Guardians inaugural season. Dr. Daryl Osbahr, Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery and Managing Partner for Rothman Orthopaedics Florida, and Dr. Michelle Mullins, Sports Medicine Physician, will serve as Head Orthopaedic Surgeon and Head Primary Care Team Physician, respectively.

“We’ve provided world-class care for professional athletes for over 30 years. A pillar of our practice is that athletes from the professional ranks to youth sports receive the highest-level of musculoskeletal care in order to maintain a trajectory of future success,” said Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhD, MBA, President of Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, Richard H. Rothman Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics, and Professor of Neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals. “We are thrilled to work with the Guardians this season—our Florida team is dedicated to optimizing performance and managing players’ health.”

“Elite athletes need elite care which we are proud to offer,” said Christopher T. Olivia, MD, CEO of Rothman Orthopaedic Institute. “As we continue to expand our footprint in Florida, what better way to do so by partnering with the new-look Guardians of the XFL. We’re excited to build our relationship with the team.”

The Rothman team will provide sports medicine and athletic training sideline coverage during all home games, for Guardian players as well as concussion spotting responsibilities for both home and away sidelines. Rothman will also provide an X-ray technician during home games for imaging needs requested by the medical team. In a separate engagement, Rothman will receive in-stadium brand exposure, pregame activation opportunities and hospitality.

“The XFL is a new and exciting opportunity for all of us involved,” said Dr. Osbahr. “We are ecstatic to formalize this winning partnership with the Guardians and implement the same excellent care to their organization as the Orlando community has grown to expect from us since our expansion to the market in 2021.”

Dr. Osbahr specializes in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and is actively involved in surgical, clinical and basic science research. In addition to his role at Rothman, he serves as the Medical Director for Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Executive Medical Director for the AdventHealth Orthopedic Institute. He is also the Co-Chief Medical Officer for USA Baseball and Team Physician for the US Soccer Men’s National Team. He previously served as the Medical Director and Head Orthopaedic Team Physician of the Orlando City Soccer Club, Orlando SeaWolves, Arnold Palmer Invitational and Seminole State College.

Dr. Mullins is a fellowship-trained Primary Care Sports Medicine physician with a special interest in injury prevention, overuse injuries, concussion, and bone stress injury management. She currently serves as the team physician for Orangewood Christian School and has previously assisted with medical coverage for Georgia Tech Athletics, Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Dream, Fan Controlled Football League, UTR Pro Tennis Tour, NSAF Outdoor Nationals and the Atlanta Marathon.

“The Orlando Guardians are thrilled to partner with Rothman Orthopaedics,” said Erica Muhleman, XFL Chief Revenue Officer. “The health and well-being of our team is our highest priority, and having a first-class partner as the team’s Official Orthopedic Physicians shows that commitment to our players.”

About Rothman Orthopaedics:

Rothman Orthopaedic Institute is the largest musculoskeletal practice in the United States according to Becker’s Review. A world-leader in the field of orthopedics, Rothman Orthopaedics partners with health systems, hospitals and physicians to build enduring musculoskeletal systems of care in communities that are high-quality, compassionate, affordable and grounded in evidence-based medicine. Rothman Orthopaedic Institute orthopedists treat patients in 43 locations and has surgical privileges at 71 facilities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Florida. With experts in nine orthopedic sub-specialties including spine, hip and knee, foot and ankle, shoulder and elbow, hand and wrist, sports medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, orthopedic oncology and trauma, Rothman Orthopaedics is recognized for excellence in clinical treatment methods, research, education and technology. Consistently recognized as national and regional “Top Docs,” Rothman Orthopaedics is proud to be the official team physicians for the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, the Orlando Magic, the iconic Radio City Rockettes, The Big EAST Conference, as well as over 60 college and high school teams. For more information about Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, please visit

Josh Sandberg

Josh Sandberg is the President and CEO of Ortho Spine Partners and sits on several company and industry related Boards. He also is the Creator and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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