PARK CITY, Utah (Aug. 22) - Richard Quincy has been named medical director for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, President and CEO Bill Marolt announced. As medical director, he will oversee the health and well-being of more than 200 national team athletes plus medical programs supporting their needs, including supervision of USSA's unique physicians' pool.
Quincy, who was born in Decatur, IL, completed his undergraduate work at Colorado College and his masters of science in exercise physiology at Michigan Technological University. He received a degree in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and is working toward a Ph.D. in sports psychology at San Diego University of Integrative Studies. He replaces Melinda Roalstad, who resigned in December as USSA's first fulltime medical director.
"Our medical program is an important asset for our USSA elite athletes," said Marolt. "The ability for USSA to provide emergency and ongoing medical care programs for our Teams is a valuable service. We're excited to have 'Quincy' take over leadership of this strong program."
Quincy said, "This position brings a huge responsibility with lots of preparation for emergency management. It's imperative to have systems in place and resources available when necessary. Most people don't think about the preparation that's involved so when it's needed, it's seamless and not a crisis."
The physicians' pool consists of about 200 physicians and surgeons, who provide on-site medical assistance as they travel with each Team to training camps and competitions. Quincy will work with renowned surgeon Dr. Richard Steadman, who heads the USSA's Medical Committee, to manage the innovative program.
As the Center of Excellence comes online, with formal opening expected in 2009, Quincy said the medical director would have greater responsibilities. "It will be an important stage as we move to the new Center because there will be more athletes moving to Utah for training and rehabilitation," Quincy said.
Dr. Larry Gaul of Vail, CO, a cardiologist and longtime team physician for the U.S. nordic teams (cross country, nordic combined, ski jumping), will be nominated to replace Roalstad on the International Ski Federation Medical Committee. Quincy said he would work closely with Gaul in that role.