Mayo Clinic doctor to lead U.S. men’s ice hockey medical staff at Beijing Winter Olympics


Michael J. Stuart, MD, will oversee medical care for all Team USA players and staff. Dr. Stuart will work with USA Hockey athletic coaches and attend practices, team meetings, doping control tests and games, to ensure the team remains healthy and competitively ready amid of the COVID-19 pandemic. He will also work at the American Coalition for the Prevention of Illness and Injury in Sport medical clinic to provide care to other Olympic athletes as needed.

“The health and safety of players and staff is always paramount, but even more so during the pandemic,” Dr Stuart said. “We are following all COVID-19 precautions and requirements and can’t wait to get on the ice.”

The United States men’s Olympic ice hockey team opens play Feb. 10 against hosts China in the first game of the preliminary round.

“It’s obviously an honor to represent our country. And it’s a special opportunity for me to be part of a team. We really work very closely together. We help each other. And so I interact on a daily basis, not just with the sports coaches, but also with our equipment managers, our coaches and, of course, our players, as well as the entire USOPC medical team,” explains Dr. Stuart.

Dr. Stuart’s roots in the hockey and sports community run deep. He is Medical Director and Chief Safety Officer for USA Hockey, a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation Medical Committee, and President of the Rochester Mustangs sledge hockey team. He is also former co-director of the Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota.

This is Dr. Stuart’s fourth tour as the doctor for the United States Olympic men’s ice hockey team. Previously, he participated in the 1994, 2010 and 2014 Olympics.

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