AT Program Director, Dr. Eric J. Fuchs, ATC, EMT invited to back to serve as part of United States Olympic Committee Volunteer Medical Staff
Dr. Fuchs, EKU's AT Program Director will be leaving next week to work as a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Volunteer Medical Staff and will be working at the Chula Vista U.S. Olympic Training Center for two weeks March 2-16, 2014. This will be Dr. Fuchs, third time serving as a U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Staff Medical Volunteer, his first service was in 2000 where he worked at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) at Colorado Springs and was invited back in September of 2012 again serving at the USOTC in Colorado Springs.
The U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine staff depends on volunteer medical providers to help provide services to TeamUSA’s elite athletes. The USOC operates three sports medicine clinics at each of the U.S. Olympic Training Centers, located in Colorado Springs, Colo., Chula Vista, Calif., and Lake Placid, N.Y. Volunteers are heath care providers who have a minimum of three years of experience, including athletic trainers, chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists and physicians.
Through the program, full-time USOC staff members work with with volunteers to provide integrative, collaborative, multi-disciplinary care to the athletes. These services support U.S. Olympian and Paralympians in achieving sustained competitive excellence. Although the clinics treat many orthopedic problems, there are an equal number of general health concerns and that volunteers handle.
"My goal like I believe all the members of the sports medicine medical voluteers is to someday be selected to serve these great athlete, represent our profession and country at an Olympic Games, that being said, many great medical volunteers provide services to our U.S. Olympic athletes and not all will realize this dream, much like the athletes not all will make the Olympics, but the journey and what you learn working towards that goal whether realized or not is well worth the time and effort for the knowledge and experience you gain personally and professionally. This opportunity like the previous ones is a chance for myself as a practioner to learn and grow in my clinical practice, by working around some of the leaders in sports medicine who are members of the USOC full time and volunteer medical community. This experience allows me to bring back new insight for the classroom and clinical education components to integrate in the EKU AT Program as the AT Program faculty work hard to educate the next generation of athletic trainers with the most current and cutting edge best practices in the athletic training field.
I would also encourage others in the field of sports medicine to become involved in this process they can visit:
http://www.teamusa.org/About-the-USOC/Athlete-Development/Sports-Medicin... to learn more about how to become a U.S. Olympic Commitee sports medicine volunteer.
Dr. Eric J. Fuchs, ATC, EMT
Published on February 24, 2014