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Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was the top U.S. finisher in Monday's standing slalom races. Jones took fifth place in the women's race, while Monte Meier (Park City, Utah) had the highest placing for the men in eighth. Team USA had a great day on the curling ice Monday, defeating Italy and Great Britain. The win over GB came on the last rock, in extra ends. Team USA is currently tied with Canada for first place with four games remaining in round robin play. Kelly Underkofler (St. Paul, Minn.) was the only U.S. athlete to hit the cross country track... Continue reading
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Mar 16, 2010
Health care professionals who work with Paralympic athletes convened today at the first-ever National Paralympic Committee Team Physician Conference. The conference focused on Medical Care and Services in the Paralympic Winter Sports Environment. Several ACSM Fellows served as presenters, including Walter Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, and Stuart Willick, M.D., FACSM. For all Paralympics developments and news, visit www.paralympic.org. Continue reading
The Paralympic Games have begun! Read on for three inspiring stories (courtesy of the U.S. Olympic Committee) of Paralympians in this year's Games. Which Paralympian's story touches your heart the most? Alexi Salamone. Adopted from the Ukraine after being born with deformed legs as a result of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Alexi just wanted to be like other kids. Wrestling and sled hockey made that possible. Now years later, Alexi has been named to his second U.S. Paralympic Team. Heath Calhoun. After losing both legs while serving in Iraq as a squad leader for the 101st airborne, Heath learned to... Continue reading
The IPC has selected three Paralympic greats for induction in 2010. They are cross-country skier Tanja Kari (FIN), alpine skier Chris Waddell (USA), and Biathlon and Cross-Country Skiing coach Rolf Hettich (GER). The three inductees were nominated by member organizations of the IPC based on their athletic performance, history of fair play and participation in community service. Kari, Waddell and Hettich then were selected by the IPC's Governing Board. The Paralympic Hall of Fame ensures that a permanent record and institutional memory is kept of top Paralympic athletes and coaches of all time, thus honouring the performers who achieved a... Continue reading
Paralympics Go Multimedia As the entire media team of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will soon be heading to Canada for the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, all preparations are in their final stages. The Games do not begin for another 11 days, however various tools and channels are already in place to relay as much information as possible to Paralympic fans around the world... Read more Paralympics in Vancouver 2010 The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), and the Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Democratic Reform),... Continue reading
By Erik Brand MD MSc, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Richard Zorowitz, M.D., Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Erik Brand is a volunteer with Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. He is stationed as part of the Venue Transport Team at the Whistler Sliding Centre, location of luge,skeleton and bob sleigh. The severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) sustained by snowboarder Kevin Pearce while training for an Olympics qualifier gives healthcare providers, coaches and athletes an opportunity to raise awareness about common signs, symptoms, treatment, and prevention strategies in hopes of improving athlete safety. Epidemiology TBI... Continue reading
By Michael Miao, M.D. Women’s hockey is poised for a comeback. After winning the gold medal in Japan during the 1998 Winter Games, the USA Women’s Olympic Team garnered silver in 2002 and a bronze 2006. After that, there was a major shift in the management, development and selection processes leading to the new-and-improved 2010 team. The current team boasts previous Olympians as well as several outstanding newcomers that give the USA team a solid chance to regain the gold this year in Vancouver. Although smaller and lighter in stature than their male counterparts, there is no less the level... Continue reading
By Gemmie S. Devera, PA-C, MPH In April 1997, I visited Thomas Creek Ice Arena in New York and skated to Jewel’s “You Were Meant for Me.” As the lyrics played “Dreams last so long even after you’re gone,” I observed that skating requires a person to stay in the present and enjoy the moment. That thought was fitting because “Enjoy the Moment” is one of the mottos for this year’s Olympic Games. During that visit, I skated with several skaters in their 60s and 70s and learned that one can skate for a lifetime. At my home rink, skaters... Continue reading
Can't get enough of the athletic competition in Vancouver? It doesn't end after this week; the Paralympics will showcase elite athletes in sports such as downhill skiing, ice sledge hockey, wheelchair curling, and more. Watch the Paralympic Games online at paralympicsport.tv. Download the Paralympicsports.tv viewing schedule Continue reading
By Diane Hart Well, I thought I would need gloves at the women's half-pipe snowboard competition but instead found most of the women in the crowd wearing tank tops to take advantage of the bright sun and mid-50s temperatures when the competition began. Cypress Mountain was the venue and they had done an amazing job of grooming what snow they received to keep the pipe safe and snow-covered for the competitors. It should be noted that one never knows when the fitness level we work so hard to attain and maintain will come in handy. I was very happy that... Continue reading
CoSport Company (the official ticketing agent for the Olympics) invited me to their hospitality lounge at the Sheraton Hotel where I mingled with guests from other countries, sampled cuisines from various world cultures and watched the women's snowboard cross on their giant TV. Weather continues to be extremely warm but the atmosphere last night at BC Place for the Victory Ceremony was HOT! Seth Wescott from Sugarloaf, Maine, was awarded a Gold Medal for Snowboard Cross and it was wonderful to hear our national anthem and unfurl our large U.S. flag for all to see. Following the medal ceremony we... Continue reading
The Olympics aren't the only athletic showcase in Vancouver this year! The Paralympic Games begin soon. To get in the know with all things Paralympics, read the latest IPC newsletter. What are you most looking forward to about the Paralympic Games? Continue reading
By Peter Gerbino, M.D. Approaching the 2010 Winter Olympics, figure skating is in the spotlight. Those who know that I travel as a Team Physician with U.S. Figure Skating want to know why skaters need a doctor, what injuries they get and how they are treated. Figure skaters are among the fittest athletes in the world. They train as hard as track and field athletes and get banged up as much as lacrosse players. All skaters are injured in some manner most of the time. The injuries include tendinitis, pulled muscles and bruises. At the Olympics, any serious orthopedic problems... Continue reading
By Diane Hart, ACSM Alliance Member The Northern Canadian House was on our agenda today. It was a spectacular display of the native art and animal species of the Arctic Nunavut and Yukon regions of Canada. Gorgeous jewelry, artwork and even a diamond-polishing exhibition rounded out this regional exhibition. The wait line was less than half an hour. The wait line for the Royal Canadian Mint was three hours, but was well worth it to be photographed with an Olympic gold medal and actually touch gold, silver and bronze medals with a special white glove provided by the Mint. The... Continue reading
By Alan Remde, M.D., FAAFP Vitamin D (actually a hormone), is an essential fat-soluble hormone required for the health of the bones, muscles, heart and blood vessels, nervous, immune and other systems of the body. Given that many of these systems are critical for athletic performance, the adequacy of vitamin D status is relevant for Olympic athletes. Sources & requirements: The majority (~ 90%) of vitamin D is derived from direct sunlight (cannot be through windows, sunscreens or clothes) when the sun is at least 40 degrees above the horizon. Thus at latitudes above 35 degrees, there is a “vitamin... Continue reading
By Robyn Knutson Bueling, M.D. When he steps onto the ice for the first moments of his seven-minute Olympic experience, United States Figure Skating National Champion Jeremy Abbot will put his 20 years of training to the test. Few people have ever reached the pinnacle of sport and attended the Olympics, and few of us understand the perfectly coordinated training that goes into reaching that height. The average elite figure skater first donned skates in preschool. He likely began in a group lesson, once or twice a week, but once his talent or love for the sport was identified, his... Continue reading
Carl Foster, Ph.D., FACSM, is Professor of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse. He is a past president of the American College of Sports Medicine and a member of the scientific support team for U.S. Speed Skating. Heather Richardson, a former elite inline speed skater, is competing in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games in ice speed skating (a similar, but distinctly different sport) and in three different events. While this seems like an unusual transition, it is remarkable in that Heather has only been speed skating on ice for a comparatively short time.... Continue reading
By Sharon A. Chirban, Ph.D. That is the question often haunting an athlete following an unexpected loss during high-level competition. For many athletes, it was achieving Olympic-level competition that drove years and years of training and preparation. For some sports (figure skating, ski racing, skeleton, etc.), the Olympics are the largest venue for competition and the Games only come around every four years. Reorganizing one's identity following athletic loss can be one of the most challenging experiences an athlete faces after the rigors of training and mental preparation for the Olympic stage. Depending on the reasons for the loss (and... Continue reading
By Diane Hart, ACSM Alliance Member Wish you were here! Vancouver and the entire world has welcomed me to the Olympic events. What a beautiful city, and the Olympic Committee has done an outstanding job of organizing the travel to and from the venues. Movement of the crowds through the SkyTrain (subway system) is remarkable. This is the first time I have ever attended an Olympics and the spirit in the venues and even on the street is palpable….it is so heartening to know that no matter where you are from that we all laugh the same! When people travel... Continue reading
By Gemmie S. Devera, PA-C, MPH Olympic Figure Skating consists of women’s singles, men’s singles, pairs, and ice dancing. Elite competitors skate at the senior level. To reach this level, skaters must pass 16 rigorous tests in Moves in the Field and Free Skating. Moves in the Field showcase skating skills and transition elements such as spirals, a move that involves balancing on the skating leg and extending the free leg, or non-skating leg, into the air. Free Skating moves highlight jumps, spins, and transition elements in a choreographed program. Ice dancers complete a separate series of dance tests. Each... Continue reading
A collective cry went out at the Main Media Centre this morning when video featuring the horrific crash of Georgian luger, Nodar Kumaritashvili was broadcast into the main hall. Read the rest of the article: http://bit.ly/9Q0AIo Continue reading
Expert addresses yesterday's luge death and safety questions raised By Gregory Fox, ACSM-certified professional and former bobsled/skeleton competitor Yesterday's tragic death of an Olympic luger is a reminder to all how dangerous the sliding sports can be. In Bobsled, Skeleton and Luge, safety seems minimal when athletes wear nothing more than a helmet and a spandex-like suit. Nothing could be further from the truth; even at 90 mph, this is enough protection for most incidences. The greater safety precautions come from the years of training these athletes go through. In the USA, Luge athletes are recruited between the ages of... Continue reading
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP)—A men’s Olympic luger from the country of Georgia died Friday after a high-speed crash on a track that is the world’s fastest and has raised safety concerns among competitors. IOC president Jacques Rogge said the death hours before the opening ceremony “clearly casts a shadow over these games.” Read the rest of the article: http://bit.ly/aJaoXi Continue reading
By Jeffrey A. Ross, DPM, M.D., FACSM Associate Clinical Professor, Baylor College of Medicine Imagine you are a runner, and you have been experiencing shin splints during your training for a marathon. You know what it feels like. A sharp gnawing pain along the tibia, and extending along the posterior tibial tendon, and the inside of the ankle. Sometimes it hurts even when you are not running. Only rest, ice, and biomechnical correction seems to help calm the area down. Now imagine you are skiing and you fall with your body moving forward over the top of your boots. Imagine... Continue reading