The USSA Physician Pool is comprised of more than 200 licensed medical providers of various specialties who volunteer their time and financial resources to provide medical services to the Team. Requirements for membership include screening by the USSA Medical Committee and regular participation in USSA training courses. Once established as pool members, medical providers are scheduled annually to travel with a team to provide medical care and assistance to USSA staff in the management of our athletes.
Team physicians are responsible for keeping abreast of the medical issues involved with athletes they oversee. They serve as the primary resource for the head coach, therapist/trainer, medical director or coordinator regarding medical issues relating to an athlete’s ability to train or compete. They also provide recommendations regarding further evaluation, diagnostic procedures and treatment plans and maintain up-to-date information on the medical and participation status of all athletes.
USSA Physician Pool Protocol
Any physician interested in participating in the USSA Physician Pool is invited to do so by satisfying the requirements listed below and submitting the requested documents and information to the USSA medical department. The medical director, USSA Medical Committee, and the USSA medical staff will meet on an annual basis to review applications and determine acceptance as "Active Members" of the USSA Physician Pool.
New applicants will be required to complete both the USSA Medical Emergencies in Skiing and Snowboarding course as well as an initial travel coverage assignment with a team on a trial basis. Once they have been evaluated, and with a successful event, they may be officially added to the USSA physician pool the following year.
Use of USSA physician logo and association with USSA will not be allowed until officially added to the pool as an “active member." Failure to meet the goals and expectations may result in a one-year probation period followed by removal from "active pool."
Physician Pool Application Requirements
Physician Pool Documentation Requirements
Submit the following documents to the attention of the USSA Medical Director or Gillian Bower (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Maintaining Active Member Status
Approved Logo Usage
PT/ATC Pool Program
The USSA has established a rotational pool of volunteer PTs and ATCs from clinics around the country to provide daily medical management at camps and competitions. They are responsible for acute care while with the Team as well as communicating ongoing medical issue management strategies to the Team PT and/or ATC, medical director or coordinator to ensure continuity of care. The rotational pool is completely voluntary or sponsored by USSA regional medical sponsors. These voluntary PTs and ATCs take time away from their established employment to provide medical care to teams. The Team PT and/or ATC is responsible for scheduling these volunteers, which is determined by resource allocation from teams to cover travel expenses.
PT/ATC Pool Program Requirements
PT/ATC Pool Program Application Requirements
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2015 World Championships
After a very successful Olympic year, teams are turning their attention to the 2015 World Championship season, including the FIS Alpine World Champs in Colorado.