Stephanie Stahl, a well-known Emmy Award-winning health reporter, is one of only 30 in the United States selected for the NFL Diversity in Sports Medicine Pipeline Initiative. As a journalist, she is determined to bring attention to the issue of diversity in sports medicine and change the way medical professionals are perceived within the field.
As a Black woman with a passion for sports medicine, Dees feels that it’s important for medical students from diverse backgrounds to consider careers in this field. “We don’t see a lot of medical professionals within that field specifically that look like us,” she said. “It’s important to change that, especially for treating professional football players.” Dees understands the importance of representation and believes that it’s crucial for athletes to see people who are taking care of them that look like them.
During her training rotation with the New York Jets, Dees gained valuable firsthand experience working in an NFL club setting. She learned about patient management and how patients were treated at an NFL level. However, despite her interest in working for the Eagles as a lifelong fan, Dees knows that objectivity is key when it comes to being a sports medicine professional. “Growing up as a fan, I might be less objective than I would want to be,” she said.
Despite facing challenges along her journey, Dees remains committed to making sports medicine more diverse and inclusive. Her passion for this field started when she was just a young dancer and has grown into a lifelong pursuit of excellence. Through her work as an NFL Diversity in Sports Medicine Pipeline Initiative participant and as an Emmy Award-winning health reporter, Dees hopes to inspire others to follow in her footsteps and pursue careers in this exciting and rewarding field.