Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Looking out for No. 1 Steelers Orthopedic Surgeon Jim Bradley Is the Chief Medical Officer for Jason Day, the Top-Ranked Golfer in the World

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Looking out for No. 1 Steelers Orthopedic Surgeon Jim Bradley Is the Chief Medical Officer for Jason Day, the Top-Ranked Golfer in the World

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Jim Bradley spends his fall and winter months making sure Ben Roethlisberger is as upright and healthy as can be in his role as the orthopedic surgeon for the Steelers. After all, no active quarterback in the NFL has been hit and sacked as much as Roethlisberger.

But, for the past four years, he has been responsible for keeping another elite athlete healthy and performing - Jason Day, the No. 1 ranked player in the world. Day calls Bradley his chief medical officer and part of his team that has taken on a Western Pennsylvania flavor.

In effect, Bradley has gone from No. 7 to No. 1.

"Any sort of injury I have my trainer is always calling Doc Bradley," Day said. "He has a lot of influence in what we do and how we go about certain things."

Bradley is no stranger to working with golfers. He was introduced to Greg Norman years ago and continues to help the Shark with any physical issues.

But his association with Day, another Australian, has taken on an added dimension, especially now that Day, 28, has risen to the top of the golf world after winning seven of his past 18 starts.

"He was getting a little advice that we kind of disagreed with and we started trying to stay away from certain things that he might have been doing," said Bradley, a single-digit handicap who is an Oakmont member. "You need dynamic stabilizers [muscles] and static stabilizers [ligaments, bones] working in synergy with one another because the velocity of the swing is exceptional."

Today's modern golf swing requires players to be physically fit because the motion stresses their lower body and produces a violent move at the ball. Day is no different. He is one of the longest and straightest drivers on the PGA Tour.

"The velocity of his swing and his ball velocity is exceptional," said Bradley, who walked with Day while the reigning PGA champion played a practice round Tuesday. "He's got the fastest hips I've ever seen."

Bradley said medical studies show that over a two-year period 60 percent of professional golfers will be sidelined by some type of injury, usually to the shoulder, wrist or back. …

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