Giants.com—September 14, 2016
Giants.com writer Matt Cohen conducted a Q&A interview with Scott A. Rodeo, MD, a sports medicine surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, who is also the head team physician for the New York Football Giants and team physician for USA Swimming. Here is an excerpt from the Q&A:
Q: Rio was your third Olympics as Team Physician for USA Swimming. How did you get involved, and how difficult is it to balance your role with the Giants, USA Swimming as well as your sports medicine practice at HSS?
A: I became involved with USA Swimming from having been a former competitive swimmer. We have organized a group of physicians, physical therapist, athletic trainers, chiropractors, massage therapists, nutritionists, sport psychology experts, and other sports science specialists around the country to help organize and provide care for our national swimming team. I became involved because I like working with athletes, and I wanted to give back to the sport.
Balancing these responsibilities with the NY Giants can sometimes be a bit challenging, but has been very doable based on careful planning and organization. Another key factor is having a team to help you. This team approach is critical to provide the optimal level of care for the athletes, and to also ensure continued and appropriate availability of medical care at all times. For example, another physician helped to cover our Olympic swimmers in Rio due to overlap with Giants training camp.
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