Dr. Luga Podesta is a nationally recognized sports medicine physician specializing in the non-surgical treatment of orthopedic, musculoskeletal and sports related injuries to the shoulder, elbow, knee and spine.
Dr. Podesta has practiced non-surgical orthopedics and sports medicine since 1990. Dr. Podesta is a diplomat of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is Board Certified in both Sports Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Dr. Podesta is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Western University School of Health Sciences and remains active academically lecturing nationally and internationally on various topics specific to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of injuries in the throwing athlete and other sports medicine topics. Dr. Podesta has authored or co-authored numerous scientific articles, book chapters and instructional videos on a variety of sports medicine topics and is a contributing writer on health related topics specific to musicians for DRUM! Magazine. His academic responsibilities also include the direct supervision and education of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic Sports Medicine Fellows as well as Western University School of Health Sciences medical students. He is a respected member of numerous medical societies including the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, International Spinal Intervention Society, Arena Football Physician and Trainers Society and Major League Baseball Physicians Association.
Dr. Podesta has served and continues to serve as team physician and sports medicine consultant for numerous professional, collegiate, high school, recreational and youth athletic teams and as a consultant to many past and present professional athletes and musicians. He has served 16 seasons as a Team Physician for the LA Dodgers and in 2001, as the Head Team Physician for the World Champion LA Xtreme professional football team of the XFL. Dr. Podesta has served as the Head Team Physician for the LA Avengers of the Arena Football League for 8 years, LA Riptide professional lacrosse team of Major League Lacrosse for 3 years and continues to serve as a consultant to the Major League Baseball’s LA Angels of Anaheim and Major League Baseball Umpires. Dr. Podesta is the Head Team Physician for the Lingerie Bowl Champion LA Temptation of the Lingerie Football League.
Dr. Podesta is the founder of the Podesta Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute in Thousand Oaks, California and continues to maintain an active practice at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles, California.