• By Sharon Theimer

Mayo Clinic Experts Available to Comment on Olympics, Paralympic Games

July 9, 2012

ROCHESTER, Minn. — July 9, 2012.  Mayo Clinic experts are available to offer comment throughout the Olympics and Paralympic Games on everything from the physiology and psychology of competitive athletes to injuries they may be coping with and controversies such as gender testing and doping. Here is a sampling:

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Michael Joyner, M.D., is an anesthesiologist and specialist in exercise science, with a special interest in track and field. Dr. Joyner is an expert on aging athletes, the relationship of environment to training, performance-enhancing drugs and how genetic variation and gender play out in Olympic competition.

Max Trenerry, Ph.D., is a psychologist specializing in sports psychology. He can discuss the role of psychological factors in athletic performance. Dr. Trenerry is also a soccer coach who routinely talks to parents and coaches about what is appropriate in coach-athlete relationships.

Mary O'Connor, M.D., is chair of orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic in Florida. Dr. O'Connor was a member of the Olympic rowing team in 1980 when the United States boycotted the games. She specializes in women's health and hip and knee replacement and can talk about bone damage and treatment.

Michael Jensen, M.D., is an endocrinologist and obesity expert who can discuss how the body burns energy. His research includes the effects of obesity and hormonal factors on body-fat distribution and exploring how people cope with excess energy intake and energy deficits.

Karen Andrews, M.D., specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation including amputee rehabilitation, vascular wounds and vascular rehabilitation. Her research includes the management of neuropathic, arterial and venous wounds.

Gregory Poland, M.D., is an expert in infectious diseases, including public outbreaks of illnesses such as measles, and in vaccinations.

Edward Laskowski, M.D., is co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center. His specialties include sports medicine, fitness, and strength and stability training. Dr. Laskowski has served on the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, on the Chicago Marathon medical staff and the 2002 Winter Olympics medical staff at the Olympic Polyclinic in the Olympic Village.

David Dodick, M.D., is a neurologist with Mayo Clinic in Arizona and president of the American Headache Society. Dr. Dodick can discuss head injuries including concussions.

For more experts, see Mayo Clinic News.


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Media Contact: Sharon Theimer, 507-284-5005 (days), newsbureau@mayo.edu

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