If you visit this blog regularly, you may already know my love of treating world-class athletes, like NBA players and Olympians. That’s why I’m so excited to share my latest venture with you! I was recently named Chief Medical Director for Star Athletics.
Star Athletics is led by former Olympians Dennis Mitchell and Damu Cherry-Mitchell. These coaches train seven athletes ranked in the top 10 in the world! And nearly all 15-20 of the Star Athletics runners have Olympic experience!
Dennis Mitchell is a three time Olympic medalist and has coached several athletes to Olympic and World Championship medals, including our good friends Olympic Gold Medalist Justin Gatlin, Olympic Silver Medalist Jeff Demps, and Olympic Bronze Medalist Kellie Wells.
You may recall Justin’s battle with a leg injury last year. This injury happened just a few weeks before he competed in the USA Track and Field National Championships. A spot on the World Championships team was on the line.
Not only did Justin recover, but he won the silver medal in the World Championships (in Moscow, Russia), making him the second fastest man on the planet, just behind Usain Bolt.
To hear Justin say such kind things is very humbling and I’m honored to have earned the trust of these athletes.
I personally selected five physicians to join me on this team. Each of these doctors is the top in their field and all have extensive experience treating professional athletes.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Dr. Laura Bancroft- Musculoskeletal Radiology (Chief Director, Florida Hospital), Dr. Bryan Reuss- Orthopedic Surgery (Orthopedic Department Chairman at Orlando Health), Dr. Gideon G. Lewis- Family Practice, Dr. Raj Shah- Interventional Cardiology, Dr. Matt Contino- Sports Medicine Physical Therapy
It’s our job to keep these runners healthy and on track for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro. They train year round to run just a few seconds, so what might be a minor injury to you or me can cost these athletes a spot on that podium.
Bottom line, if they don’t win, I don’t win.
Until next time, I’ll be brushing on my Portuguese for 2016 in Rio. Shake it, baby.