February 17, 2021
The Philadelphia Phoenix of the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) is excited to announce that Sommer Hammoud, MD from the Rothman Institute for Orthopaedics will serve as the team’s head physician for the 2021 season. Dr. Hammoud is an ABOS Board Certified assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University and specializes in sports related injuries of the knee, shoulder and elbow. She previously served as an assistant team physician in the care of the Boston Red Sox, New England Revolution, and Boston Bruins and served as the head team physician for Curry College athletics.
Dr. Hammoud joins the Phoenix as part of the new AUDL Athletic Care Network (ACN), a new league-wide program that provides each of the league's 22 teams with a Head Team Physician. As the Head Team Physician, Dr. Hammoud will be overseeing all Phoenix health protocols and personnel, including medical specialists, athletic trainers, and other allied healthcare professionals. She will work with the league network to provide an avenue for safely re-opening play in 2021.
Announced today, the formation of the ACN originated from the work in early 2020 to assemble the AUDL COVID Task Force (ACTF). A multidisciplinary committee of eight experts in medicine, epidemiology, and public health, the ACTF together created the AUDL COVID Policies and Procedures, a precursor to establishing a more comprehensive AUDL Health and Safety Guidelines. These guidelines include specific COVID-related protocols pertinent to the short-term, as well as general health and safety best practices to ensure the well-being of AUDL players and personnel in the long-term.
More details on the Athletic Care Network can be found on the AUDL website.