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Memphis Grizzlies Make Changes to Medical Staff

Article reposted from Memphis Business Journal
Author: Michael Sheffield

The Memphis Grizzlies are making changes to the team’s medical and performance staff.

Allen Gruver was hired as medical director, while the team promoted Jim Scholler to head athletic trainer. The Grizzlies also added Eric Oetter as director of performance.

Gruver will oversee and direct the Grizzlies’ medical team, performance team, nutrition team and sports science team in an effort to ensure long-term player health. Gruver spent the last eight years as owner and director of Foothills Sports Medicine in Gilbert, Arizona, where he specialized in the rehabilitation of professional and amateur athletes of all sports. He has also worked or consulted with organizations such as the University of Arizona, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox,Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays, Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners,Stanford University, Denver Broncos and the PGA. He earned his athletic trainer’s certification and strength and conditioning certification from the University of Upper Iowa and received his master’s degree in physical therapy from North Carolina’s Elon University, where he played varsity basketball.

Scholler is in his ninth season with the Grizzlies, spending the previous eight seasons as the team’s assistant athletic trainer/assistant strength and conditioning coach. The Michigan native earned his bachelor’s degree in movement science from the University of Michigan and his master’s degree in health care administration from the University of North Florida.

Oetter will work with head strength and conditioning coach Chattin Hill to direct the team’s performance training. Additionally, he will assist Gruver in overseeing the team’s nutrition and sport science programs. Before coming to Memphis, Oetter coached and treated clientele at Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training, Cressey Sports Performance and the Hruska Clinic. He earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science from the University of Georgia and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Emory University School of Medicine. He is also in the process of earning a Ph.D. in Applied Physiology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was a member of the football team.

The Grizzlies will officially open training camp for the 2016-2017 season today.