Meet Dr. Wesley Cox


Wesley K. Cox M.D. is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in disorders of the shoulder and elbowand sports medicine. Cox, a Fayetteville native and Fayetteville High School alumnus, has been practicing in Northwest Arkansas for four years since returning from San Francisco, California.

Dr. Cox received his Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology at Auburn University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He then completed medical school in Little Rock at UAMS where he was twice awarded the Washington County Medical Society scholarship and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society.  After graduating from UAMS with his M.D., he stayed and completed internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery. During residency he received several awards including being named Resident of the Year for the entire UAMS system in 2004.

Dr. Cox and his family then traveled to San Francisco to complete fellowship specialty training in shoulder and elbow surgery and sports medicine. He trained with several world-renowned surgeons including those who first reported the ability to repair rotator cuff tears arthroscopically in the 1980s and the designers of the shoulder replacementthat is the most commonly used in the world. During his training and in his practice in Fayetteville, Dr. Cox has worked extensively with high school, collegiate, and professional athletes.

Dr. Cox enjoys coaching little league baseball and football

Dr. Cox enjoys coaching little league baseball and football

The most common surgeries Dr. Cox performs include Arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs, cartilage repairs for shoulder dislocations, shoulder replacements including partials, totals, and reverse shoulder replacements, elbow reconstruction including Tommy-John ligament repair, and shoulder and elbowtrauma and fractures.  Almost all of the surgeries he performs including fracture repair are done arthroscopically and rarely require hospitalization.

Dr. Cox has published journal articles, presented research abroad, and is a faculty instructor for the Arthroscopy Association of North America “Masters” level courses.

About The Book


Inspired by first-hand experiences as an orthopedic surgeon, parent, and little league coach, Dr. Wesley K. Cox began writing this book as a tool for his clinic and as an aid for his patients and young athletes. As the need became more and more obvious, the chapters grew. In Play Ball…Play Safe, parents, coaches, and young players are guided through the most common injuries and issues in youth baseball today.

Rehabilitation programs are provided, and performance training, hitting and throwing progression programs, and pre- and post -game routines are all given. Using this book as a reference, youth baseball players will be safer and better. Injuries will be recognized sooner, recovery will be quicker, and proper training to improve mechanics and muscle balance will make them better.