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Thursday, June 21, 2012
Dr. Scott Rodeo, An Olympic Hero Behind The Scenes
The pride in which the support staff takes in their role is visible and palpable. They wear their country's uniform and colors just as proudly as the athletes themselves. They regularly go beyond the call of duty, quietly, patriotically and humbly.
Dr. Scott Rodeo is one of these unheralded individuals. A former competitive swimmer himself, he has been a member of the USA delegation at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
The Daily News of Open Water Swimming asked the good doctor what he does.
Daily News: What is your role?
Dr. Rodeo: The overall role of the physician is to assure the health and safety of all members of the U.S. delegation. At the Olympic Games the team physician will treat both musculoskeletal injuries as well as medical illnesses. Common musculoskeletal problems include shoulder pain, low back muscle strain, and patellar (knee cap) pain. Common medical illnesses include upper respiratory tract infections, cough, sore throat, and gastroenteritis. Other issues that we address include jet lag, adjusting to new foods, dehydration, and problems with sleep. Swimming in new bodies of water with varying water quality, chemicals, and potential pollutants can lead to sinusitis and other upper respiratory symptoms. The stress of travel and international competition can also lead to transient alterations in immune function and result in some of these illnesses. The team physician’s job is to anticipate and treat all of these issues in a timely fashion.
Daily News: How long are you over in London?
Dr. Rodeo: I am in London for entirety of the Olympic Games. We will first travel to Vichy, France for a training camp, and then to London July 21. After swimming is completed I will stay as a U.S. Olympic Committee physician to assist other sports and athletes until the Closing Ceremonies on August 12.
Daily News: You have worked at the Super Bowl. I know they are two separate sporting competitions, but how does the Olympics compare in terms of athlete’s preparation, media attention, pressure?
Dr. Rodeo: I have had the good fortune to be on the sidelines New York Giants team physician for the 2008 and 2012 Super Bowls. Despite the obvious differences between these events, there are actually distinct similarities. The media attention and associated pressure are similar. Both events are likely the most important of an athlete’s career, and something that they have worked for years to achieve. There are similarities in the level of preparation and planning that goes into these events, both for the athletes and for the support team. Success in both of these scenarios comes from a team approach, with everyone (coaches, managers, physicians, trainers, etc) working together to guarantee the athlete’s success.
Daily News: In the days leading up to the Super Bowl and the Olympics, are athletes more sensitive to colds, injuries and perceived afflictions of various kinds? If so, how do you deal with the athletes, both physiologically and psychologically?
Dr. Rodeo: It seems that athletes may be more susceptible to mild illnesses in the time leading up to a major event. The stress associated with these events may lead to transient alterations in immune function, which could potentially contribute to minor illnesses. It is also likely that the athlete is simply more tuned in to any mild symptoms or abnormalities. The job of the team physician is to recognize these symptoms and know how to re-assure the athlete. It is important not to immediately assume that an athlete’s symptoms are merely due to "nerves". We need to be sure that there is not, in fact, a significant illness. Not only do we have to correctly diagnose and treat any ailment, an even more important job is to know how to manage the athlete’s concerns about illness and to be able to re-assure the individual. Another important part of the team physician role is to communicate the information to coaches, managers, parents, etc. We also have to be able determine when an athlete might have a contagious illness, so that we can protect the other team members.
Daily News: Do you have anything special in your black doctor’s bag for marathon swimmers that you would not have for football players?
Dr. Rodeo: We have medications and equipment for things such as jelly fish stings, hypothermia, and hypoglycemia. My motto is, "If you prepare for problems you won’t have them".
Daily News: What are some of the differences you see between Olympic swimmers and your average age-group or high school swimmer?
Dr. Rodeo: The elite, world-class athlete has both the physical, innate ability, but also the motivation and mental make-up to be successful at that level. At some level, champions are born. They "choose their parents wisely" as genetics certainly play an important role. However, I believe that is only part of the equation. The elite performer has the ability to perform at the highest level in the most important circumstances. In football, it is said that big athletes make big plays in big games. The Olympic athlete or successful professional football player is not afraid to take chances. They are not afraid to fail. To perform at that level, the athlete needs to be willing to risk failure. They have an innate will to win.
Copyright © 2012 by Open Water Source
2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE
The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a conference on the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.
The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.
The conference's mission is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.
Dozens of presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.
The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.
"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."
Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
"Because the audience is passionate and educated about the sport and its finest practitioners, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is also the location of the induction ceremonies for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the annual WOWSA Awards that recognize the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career."
The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Programme
Wednesday, September 17th
Leave Glasgow to commence 2-day tour of Scotland [closest international airport is Glasgow]
Thursday, September 18th
Stay Mainland, North of Scotland
Friday, September 19th
14:00 - Swim Loch Lomond
17:00 - Head to Isle of Bute
19:30 - Scottish Banquet
21:30 - Dinner Dance
Saturday, September 20th
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
12:20 - Lunch and WOWSA Awards
13:40 – Speeches
15:40 - Round Table
19:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony
Sunday, September 21st
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
14:30 - Swim in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute
The luminaries of the open water swimming world who will be honored in Scotland will include:
* Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Judith van Berkel-de Njis (Netherlands), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* David Yudovin (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Dale Petranech (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Contributor
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), 2013 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award winner
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation, , International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Organisation
* Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* Bering Strait Swim (international team), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (Ram Barkai, founder, South Africa), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year
For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:
* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland
* The Incredible Career Of Merceded Gleitze
* Jon Erikson To Be Honoured In Florida
* The Incredible Career Of Mercedes Gleitze
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference
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