American Medical News—July 30, 2012
U.S. team physicians must have a strong sports medicine background, said Scott A. Rodeo, M.D. Dr. Rodeo is a team physician for the U.S. Olympic swim team and an orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He said most team physicians start by working with a particular sport. They volunteer at one of the country’s three Olympic training centers then work domestic competitions and move up to international competitions, such as the World Championships or Pan American Games, he said.
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The rewards of service
As a former competitive swimmer, Dr. Rodeo said he understands the years of dedication and sacrifice the athletes have made to reach this level of competition.
“It is an honor to support these athletes in achieving their athletic goals,” he said.
This is Dr. Rodeo’s third Olympics. He said some of his most memorable experiences were supporting the U.S. swimming team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing when Michael Phelps won eight gold medals, and marching in the opening ceremonies at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.
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