Talent Wellness Program Summary
WWE implemented a WWE Talent Wellness Program on February 27, 2006. The WWE Talent Wellness Program is administered independent of WWE by the following team of physicians:
Dr. David Black (Program Administrator)
Dr. Mark Lovell (ImPACT)
Dr. Bryan Donohue (Cardiologist)
Dr. Vijay K. Bahl (Endocrinologist)
Dr. Mark Unterberg (Sports Psychiatrist)
Dr. Christopher Amann (WWE Ringside Physician)
Dr. Michael Sampson (WWE Ringside Physician)
Dr. Earl Suttle (Life Skills)
Since its implementation, the Wellness Program has been refined and expanded to cover the following:
- Comprehensive Medical and Wellness Staffing
- Cardiovascular Testing and Monitoring
- ImPACT™ Testing
- Substance Abuse and Drug Testing
- Annual Physicals
- Health Care Referrals
Below is a summary of the components of the WWE Talent Wellness Program.
Comprehensive Medical and Wellness Staffing and Infrastructure
Dr. Joseph Maroon, WWE’s Medical Director, manages the Talent Wellness Program, which includes a comprehensive medical and wellness staff and infrastructure. Dr. Maroon’s responsibilities include the supervision of ringside physicians and athletic trainers, and the administrative oversight of medical care and drug testing for WWE talent. Dr. Maroon is a board certified Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh and has been the Team Neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers for more than 25 years.
Cardiovascular Testing and Monitoring Program
All WWE talent undergo an extensive cardiovascular stress test before they are offered a contract by WWE, and subsequently tested at least biennially while under contract (more frequently as and when circumstances warrant). Dr. Bryan Donohue, Division Chief of Cardiology at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Shadyside Hospital, and Senior Partner at Donohue Cardiology Associates, administers WWE’s cardiovascular testing and monitoring program.
Mandatory ImPACT™ Testing
All WWE talent undergo tests of brain function, including memory, processing speed and reaction time. Monitoring and analysis are done through the ImPACT™ Concussion Management Program, which is used by the NFL, NHL, MLB, MLS, US Olympic Training Center and in more than 400 colleges and 2,000 high schools.
To learn more about the WWE & ImPACT™ Concussion Management Program, please click here.
To learn more about the ImPACT™ Concussion Management Program, please click here.
Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Policy
The Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Policy prohibits the use of drugs by WWE talent for other than a legitimate medical purpose pursuant to a valid prescription from a licensed and treating physician. The use of masking agents and/or diuretics to conceal or obscure the use of prohibited drugs is also forbidden. For the full policy and a complete list of banned substances, please click here.
Dr. David L. Black, Ph.D., D-ABFT, FAIC, of Aegis Sciences Corporation, independently administers the policy. Aegis provides drug testing for sports organizations, crime laboratories, corporations and universities throughout the world. Click here to learn more about Aegis Sciences Corporation.
Annual Physical Examinations and Blood Screening
The Wellness Program includes annual physical examinations and blood screening for all WWE talent. The examinations and screening are undertaken with a goal of identifying issues before they manifest into symptoms of disease, illness and/or injury.
Referrals to Consulting Health Care Providers On An As Needed Basis
WWE offers all WWE talent the opportunity for referral to qualified health care professionals who can help them with issues that may arise from time to time. Under the supervision of Dr. Maroon, WWE has established relationships with renowned specialists in psychiatry, orthopedics and endocrinology.