Helping Olympians and Elite Athletes to Achieve: The Role of the Therapist at the Competitive Venue and in the Clinic

Date/Time: Fri, October 2, 2020 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM


Olympians and elite athletes challenge their bodies to their highest potential to achieve goals that are unattainable to most people. The demands may exceed the physiological strength of their musculoskeletal structures and this can result in a devastating injury if the athlete can not continue or if their ability to function is compromised. A clinician who wants to work with these amateur, elite athletes must consider the demands of training, analyze biomechanics/function and work in an inter-professional care team. This presentation will discuss the avenues of entry into the United States Olympic Committee system, the roles and responsibilities of the therapist in pre- and post-competition settings and include how the hand therapist draws elite athletes into their program.


  • At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to analyze factors that are involved for a clinician to be successful in the Olympic venue

  • At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able anticipate various UE injuries or conditions that may occur during Olympic competition in the various sports and prepare for optimally caring for these athletes

  • Participants will describe specific steps to develop an interprofessional model of care to improve performance outcomes in the elite athlete

  • Participants will identify specific action items to draw an athletic population to your hand therapy services