Medical Technology Supporting U.S. Soccer

Dr. Monica Rho is the team physician for the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team. In addition to preventing injury and illness, she specializing in rehabbing players, including Kelley O'Hara and Julie Ertz, using technology to monitor the health of their muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Track Cycling in Extreme Heat

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics expected to be one of the hottest on record, physiologist Lindsay Golich is helping Athletes prepare, including track cyclist Jennifer Valente. Golich uses the High Altitude Training Center (HATC) at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center, a room where the temperature, altitude and humidity can be controlled to mimic any competition venue in the world.

The Hard Numbers of Beach Volleyball

April Ross and Jennifer Kessy won silver in beach volleyball at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Both are heading to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, but this time Kessy will have the role as head coach for Ross and her new partner Alix Klineman. She uses math and statistical tools to help guide game strategy and make decisions that will give her team the best shot to win gold.

Track Doctors on the Front Lines

Olympic long jumper Brittney Reese works with a team of medical professionals, including Dr. Monique Burton, physician and chair of the USA Track and Field Sports Medicine and Science Committee. Not only does Dr. Burton ensure that Reese and other track & field athletes can perform at their highest levels, she also addresses any medical issues they may have both on and off the field of competition.

Stimulating the Brain for Peak Performance

For Olympic athletes, the drive for perfection is almost superhuman and requires countless hours of training and repetition to ensure the mind and body work in perfect harmony. Dr. Lindsay Shaw is a senior sport psychophysiologist for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and helps athletes explore the brain's role in achieving peak athletic performance.

The Impact of Olympic Diving
The impact divers David Boudia and Katrina Young have on their sports is undeniable, but the groundbreaking skills they perform can take a toll on their bodies. Susie Parker-Simmons, a physiologist with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, explains how an athlete's growth is monitored to avoid injury.

Strength and Conditioning for Victory in the Water

For Olympic swimmers like Katie Ledecky and Haley Anderson, a huge part of their success in the water starts with their strength and conditioning training. Amanda Fleece is a senior coach for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and helps swimmers like Anderson train the right muscles to help them win gold.

Mind, Body & Grit
As paratriathlete Hailey Danz prepares for the 2020 Paralympic Games, she incorporates mindfulness into her training. Mindfulness is the practice of concentrating on what’s happening in the moment of competition. She does this with the help of Dr. Sara Mitchell, a sports psychologist for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee.

Preventing Injury With a World Champion Wrestler
Wrestler Adeline Gray makes her sport look easy, but after a shoulder injury kept her from winning an Olympic medal in 2016, she hopes to prevent re-injury. Sarah Wilson is a research engineer at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado, working at the forefront of biomedical engineering and injury prevention using the Dynamic Stereo X-Ray System (DSX).

The Biomechanics of a Paratriathlete

Paratriathlete Allysa Seely works with a team of doctors and specialists behind the scenes, including Dr. Amber Donaldson at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center, to ensure that her running gait is the best it can be.

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