Players Health

Joe Rogowski, the NBPA’s Director of Sports Medicine and Research, was previously the director of science and research for the Rockets, and the head strength and conditioning coach for the Magic.

A key initiative currently of the NBPA is helping retired players take an active role in their cardiovascular health. We are implementing heart screening programs in select NBA cities with physician specialists to target specific athlete health-related areas. We are able to provide this service free of charge to all former professional basketball players.

For more information, please contact Joe Rogowski at

Here are some media links that highlight the NBPA’s heart screenings for retired players, which have now taken place in Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York and Orlando:

1. NBPA — “Inside the NBPA’s Heart Screening Initiative, Now Reaching Five Cities and 100 Players”

2. American Heart Association — “Deaths prompt heart screenings for former NBA players”

3. ESPN Video — “Inside the NBPA Heart Screening”

4. ESPN — “Former stars have hearts checked at first NBPA-organized screening”

5. Associated Press — “NBPA screens retired players for cardio problems”


Retired NBA player Kevin Loder (left) and Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas at the heart screening in Houston.