April 03, 2015
KANSAS CITY, Kan.—With opening day this Monday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium, the defending American League Champion Kansas City Royals begins its fifth year with The University of Kansas Hospital as its Official Healthcare Provider.
Once again, doctors from the hospital’s Sports Medicine and Performance Center will be taking care of the players while other hospital caregivers take care of the fans at The K.
This year’s player physicals at Spring Training in Surprise, Arizona had one new emphasis. The recent outbreaks of measles around the country caused physicians to check the immunization status of the players.
Dr. Joseph Noland, Sports Medicine and Performance Center at The University of Kansas Hospital talks about preparing players for the season ahead.
Dr. Joseph Noland says while checking for measles immunizations wasn’t required of major league teams, The Royals and other teams decided to check measles immunizations as a precaution. Any player found not to have immunity was given a booster shot. Dr. Noland says the checks and the shots should remove measles as a concern for the club.