Team Leaders and Medical Staff
When traveling with the U.S. Team, there are a few people in addition to the athletes who will be joining you to help make sure things run smoothly. Here you'll find information on who the team leaders and medical staff are, what they do and who will be traveling to the upcoming international events.
Team Leader/Assistant Team Leader
Team leaders have been selected based on their knowledge of the sport, their ability to manage and organize, and their ability to work with all delegation members. The U.S. Figure Skating Selections Committee uses careful consideration in reviewing these candidates. The team leader's primary responsibility is to organize the logistics as well as monitor the technical aspects of the competition, i.e. making sure the competition is being run in accordance with the rules for the fairness of our athletes. As "leaders" these individuals will work to develop a sense of unity and a supportive network amongst the U.S. Team.
The main responsibility of the team leader is to provide a total support system for the athletes so that they are able to skate to their highest potential at international competitions. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
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- Managing administrative duties:
- Making transportation arrangements (ground, air, domestic and international)
- Serving as a media liaison (only if U.S. Figure Skating does not have staff attending)
- Arranging meals and housing
- Obtaining credentials
- Attending the necessary technical meetings at the event
- Organizing team functions such as team meeting, team dinner and distribution of team gifts
- Communicating information between the LOC and team members when necessary
- Handling crisis management situations:
- Medical Emergency
- Establishing harmonious relationships with the athletes, coaches, family members of athletes, and other team personnel
- Upholding the highest ethical standards of U.S. Figure Skating in dealing fairly with all athletes
- Use and display of good sportsmanship at all times
- In the event of disciplinary, personal or medical issues involving our athletes, stay composed and use your best judgement.
Team Medical Staff
For travel to international locations where there may not be adequate medical services readily available, a team physician, physical therapist and/or athletic trainer will be selected to travel with the team. The U.S. Figure Skating Sports Medicine Committee reviews the team physician, physical therapist and/or athletic trainer before being recommended to the U.S. Figure Skating Selections Committee. Medical staff personnel have also been selected based on their ability to serve the delegation and to act as "team players"; assisting with all aspects of the competitive requirements and team activities.
These individuals are responsible for providing medical care and therapy for our athletes, coaches and team staff. They are not responsible for accompanying persons (parents, spouses, etc.). If an athlete becomes ill or injured, the team physician must medically clear the athlete to compete. The first priority is the U.S. Team. When approached by people outside the U.S. Team for non-emergency medical care, they should be referred to the competition medical staff.
Other responsibilities include:
- Being available 24 hrs/day
- Maintaining the confidentiality of patient/doctor information
- Monitoring all skating sessions
- Keeping a treatment log of all medical record notes throughout the event to be turned into Dr. John Lalonde, member of the U.S. Figure Skating Sports Medicine Committee