The Social Media Presence of Professional Sports Team Physicians Is High Among Major League Soccer, Major League Lacrosse, Major League Rugby, Winter Olympics, and Women’s National Basketball Association, But Highest Among MLS Team Physicians

Sayyida S. Hasan, Hashim Shaikh, Keshin Visahan, Sergio Navarro, Irvin Sulapas, Theodore Shybut

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Purpose: To quantify the social media utilization of professional sports team physicians on popular platforms and analyze differences between physician users and physician non-users for smaller major professional sports: Major League Soccer (MLS), Major League Lacrosse (MLL), Major League Rugby (MLR), Winter Olympics (WO) and Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Methods: Physicians for the MLS, MLL, MLR, WO, and WNBA were identified and characterized based on training background, practice setting, years of experience, and geographic location. Social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and ResearchGate were determined. Differences between social media users and non-users were analyzed via chi-squared tests for nonparametric variables. Secondary analysis consisted of univariate logistic regression to identify associated factors. Results: 86 team physicians were identified. 73.3% of physicians had at least one social media profile. 80.2% of physicians were orthopedic surgeons. Specifically, 22.1% had a professional Facebook page, 24.4% had a professional Twitter page, 58.1% had a LinkedIn profile, 25.6% a ResearchGate profile, and 9.3% an Instagram account. All physicians with a social media presence were fellowship-trained. Conclusions: Seventy-three percent of team physicians in the MLS, MLL, MLR, WO, or WNBA have social media presence, with over half using LinkedIn. Fellowship-trained physicians were significantly more likely to use social media, and 100% of physicians with social media presence were fellowship trained. MLS and WO team physicians were significantly more likely to use LinkedIn (P =.02). MLS team physicians were significantly more likely to use social media overall (P =.004). No other metric significantly impacted social media presence. Clinical Relevance: The influence of social media is vast. It is important to explore the extent that sports team physicians utilize social media and how this use may influence patient care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e59-e65
JournalArthroscopy, Sports Medicine, and Rehabilitation
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2023

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