The University of Alabama is privileged to have a team of talented physicians maintaining their athletes.
Dr. Jimmy Robinson volunteers his time to ensure that Crimson Tide athletes stay in peak medical condition. Dr. Robinson opened a practice in August of 1989 and has ever since been with the University Alabama. He had been practicing seven years when he asked Craig Buettner to join him. Five years after that, Jeff Laubenthal, former stand-out baseball player for the Tide, joined the practice.
Now these three men serve as the primary physicians for the Crimson Tide. Robinson and his colleagues are involved in all levels of an athlete's healthcare, from the first physical of the year before an athlete can even start practice to an exit physical at the end of an athlete's career.
In addition to the near daily attention of Drs. Robinson, Buettner and Laubenthal, Alabama has several specialists on call including former Alabama quarterback Dr. Les Fowler who serves as the department's orthopedist.
Alabama athletes also count on Dr. James Andrews, who serves on the Tide's medical staff as a consultant. Andrews is one of the world's foremost orthopedic surgeons, internationally known and recognized for his scientific and clinical research contributions in knee, shoulder and elbow injuries and his skill as an orthopedic surgeon. Many of the world's outstanding athletes seek his expertise in sports injuries. Dr. Lyle Cain also serves as an orthpedic consultant.