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AMSC 2021: Lessons from the Games
Zoom Meeting - Details online
Zionsville, INDIANA 46077
United States
Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM EST
Category: Educational Program

This program is part of the Virtual Annual Meeting and special registration is required.  Please visit the AMSC website for more details. 

Program Description

Join us for an exciting evening where four sports medicine professionals who participated in the recent Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games will be sharing their lessons from the games. Lessons will include injury/illness data from the games, COVID-19 response and roles of the multidisciplinary team. 

After this presentation the learner will:
  1. Understand composition of the medical team, COVID-19 cases and US injury/illnesses data from the games (Finnoff) 
  2. Lessons in game day readiness (Wittman) 
  3. NGB/USOPC integration and collaboration during the games (Johnson) 
  4. Analyze the need for a sports PTs to have a knowledge base about prosthetics, orthotics and emergency management on and off the field (Christopher)


Jonathan Finnoff, DO, FACSM, FAMSSM, RMSK - chief medical officer for USOPC
Julia Johnson, DC, DACBSP, ATC, CSCS, CCD - Chiropractor and Athletic trainer, Liaison Olympics- Triathlon
Kelcie Wittman, PT, DPT, SCS - Physical Therapist, USOPC, director of PT fellowship, Paralympics
Shefali Christopher, PT, DPT, PhD, SCS, LAT, ATC - Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer, Medical liaison for NBG-US Paratriathlon

Shefali Christopher is a physical therapist and athletic trainer from Elon University, NC. She has worked with USA Paratriathlon since 2018. Dr. Christopher has spoken at national and regional conferences on treating the triathlete and paratriathlete, educating other health care providers on the epidemiology of triathlon and paratriathlon injuries and current treatments. She teaches orthopedics and sports elective topics in Elon's Doctor of Physical therapy program. She is also the director of the Elon Sports Physical Therapy Residency program and does her clinical work with the Elon division I athletes. Dr. Christopher’s research is in injury prevention strategies in NCAA division 1 athletes and postpartum runners. Dr. Christopher got her athletic training degree from Denison University, where she was on the varsity swim team, and her doctor of physical therapy from Duke University.

Jonathan Finnoff is the Chief Medical Officer for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and a Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Rochester, MN.  Dr. Finnoff is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine.  Prior to joining the USOPC, Dr. Finnoff was the Medical Director for Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine in Minneapolis, MN.  He also served as the Program Director for the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Fellowship.  Dr. Finnoff has published over 100 articles in peer reviewed journals, authored multiple book chapters, and co-edited a book with Mark Harrast, MD, titled “Sports Medicine: Study Guide and Review for Boards”.  He has been a faculty member or course director for numerous national and international conferences and previously served on the boards for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM).  Dr. Finnoff was a team physician for the United States Ski Team for nearly two decades and has provided medical coverage at the Olympics Games, Paralympic Games, World Cups, and World Championships.  Dr. Finnoff’s clinical interests are broad and include multiple sports medicine topics including advanced diagnostic and interventional ultrasound and exertional leg pain.

Julia Johnson is the Senior High Performance Health Care Services Provider-Clinic Lead for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee Sports Medicine Division in Colorado Springs.  She has been with the organization for eight years and has attended 6 games including the 2015 Paralympic Pan-American Games in Toronto, 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang and 2019 Pan-American Games in Lima and most recently the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.  Julia was the medical director for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. Julia became certified as an Athletic Trainer in 2004 and earned her Doctorate of Chiropractic in 2007.  She completed a fellowship in sports medicine with the USOPC in 2008 and spent 3 years working with the 4th Infantry Division Combat Team stationed at Fort Carson Army Base.  In 2016, she received her Diplomate from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians.  She holds certifications with both the National Strength and Conditioning Association and International Society of Densitometry and sits on the Medical Advisory Board for USA Cycling. 

Kelcie Wittman is a physical therapist with The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and works at the Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. She has been with the USOPC since 2019 and served on the medical team at the 2019 Parapan American Games, 2021 Figure Skating World Championships and 2020 Paralympic Games. Kelcie holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa. She was residency-trained through the APTA-accredited University of Wisconsin Sports Physical Therapy Residency program and is an ABPTS board certified Sports Clinical Specialist. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy (AASPT), the Adaptive Sports SIG, and serves as the Vice Chair of the Knee SIG for the AASPT.

Continuing Education

This program is worth 0.1 CEUs or one contact hour.

Contact: Jayme Little - [email protected]