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Medical Pool Information

The following information pertains to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Volunteer Medical Pool. If you have any questions, please contact the medical department at medical@usskiandsnowboard.org with the subject line "Medical Pool." 

Medical coordinating for event coverage begins in June each year, after the FIS calendar has been set. We continually update our medical coverage calendars for every subsequent calendar change as it is confirmed internally.  The best way to learn when we begin scheduling our medical coverage is to join the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Sports Medicine newsletter. The Sports Medicine Coordinator for each discipline will be in touch directly with interested persons as coverage is needed.

Physician Medical Pool

The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Physician Pool is comprised of more than 200 licensed physicians of various sub-specialties who volunteer their time and financial resources to provide medical services to the Teams at training camps and competitions. Requirements include screening by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Medical Committee, regular participation in U.S. Ski & Snowboard training courses, completion of background screening every three years, and annual completion of Safe Sport and Anti-Doping Education. Once established as active pool members, physicians are scheduled annually to travel with a team to provide medical care and assistance to U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes and staff.

The Sports Medicine Director and the Medical Committee will meet on an annual basis to review applications and determine acceptance as active members of the Medical Pool.

At this time, we are not accepting PA-C or NP's into the medical pool due to licensure/liability protections.

Team Role

Pool physicians are responsible for keeping abreast of the medical issues involved with athletes they oversee while on the road. They serve as the primary resource for the head coach, head team PT/AT, and medical director regarding medical issues relating to an athlete’s ability to train or compete. They also provide recommendations regarding further evaluation, diagnostic procedures and treatment plans and maintain up-to-date information on the medical and participation status of all athletes in conjunction with the Head Team Physician.

PHYSICIAN POOL APPLICATION – Returning/Current Pool Member

You are considered to be a returning/current pool member if you meet the following criteria, otherwise, please see the new applicant section:

Please contact the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Medical Department with any questions.

PHYSICIAN POOL APPLICATION – New Applicant

Any physician interested in participating in the U.S. Ski & Snowboard physician pool program is invited to do so by satisfying the requirements listed below and submitting the requested documents and information to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Medical Department.  New applicants will be requested to complete an initial travel/coverage project with a team on a trial basis. Once they have been evaluated, and with a successful event, they may be officially added to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard physician pool. Use of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Sports Medicine logo and association with U.S. Ski & Snowboard will not be allowed until officially added to the pool as an Active Member. Failure to meet the goals and expectations may result in a one-year probation period followed by removal from the official pool.

Physician Pool Application Requirements

  • U.S. citizen and currently board certified or board eligible in your field of practice
  • History of involvement in athlete, event, or athletic team coverage
  • No limited scope restrictions or sanctions against medical license, nor history of loss of medical license
  • Must be capable of performing the essential functions of the position (for example ski ability) and to be essentially on call 24/7 while traveling with respective team
  • Willing to provide the financial resources necessary to travel with a team on a trip at least once every three years
  • Have completed the Medical Pool Membership 
  • Successful completion of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Medical Emergencies in Skiing and Snowboarding Course (MESS) every 4 years
  • Background screen through U.S. Ski & Snowboard
  • Current medical liability insurance coverage
  • Completion of USOC SafeSport Training and WADA Sport Physician Tool Kit

Physician Pool Application Documents

Submit the following required application documents to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Medical Department, subject: Physician Pool – New Applicant:

  • Current curriculum vitae
  • A minimum of three letters of reference from peers, coaches/athletes, athletic directors, and staff
  • Verification of credentials, board certification, medical license, and DEA certificate 
  • Proof/copy of medical liability insurance coverage
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Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist Medical Pool (AT/PT)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has established a rotational pool of volunteer athletic trainers and physical therapists from various regional sponsors around the country to provide daily medical management of teams at camps or competitions. These individuals are responsible for the acute care and daily medical management while with the assigned team and for communicating ongoing medical issue management strategies to the head Team Medical Coordinator and Medical Director to ensure continuity of care.

The AT/PT pool is completely voluntary or sponsored by U.S. Ski & Snowboard Regional Medical. Sponsors and the individuals involved in this program take time away from established employment to provide medical care with our teams. 

At this time, we are not accepting PTA's into the medical pool due to licensure/liability protections.

LMT's may be admitted on an individual basis after additional screening. 

AT/PT - Returning/Current Pool Member

You are considered to be a returning/current pool member if you meet the following criteria, otherwise, please see the new applicant section:

Please contact the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Medical Department with any questions.

AT/PT POOL APPLICATION – New Applicant

Any AT/PT interested in participating in the U.S. Ski & Snowboard  pool program is invited to do so by satisfying the requirements listed below and submitting the requested documents and information to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Medical Department.  New applicants will be requested to complete an initial travel/coverage project with a team on a trial basis. Once they have been evaluated, and with a successful event, they may be officially added to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard AT/PT pool.

Pool Application Requirements

  • Certified athletic trainer or licensed physical therapist with a background in sports injuries. International providers [e.g. physiotherapists, athletic therapists] are also considered.
  • Current first aid and CPR (Professional Rescuer) with bag valve mask and AED certification
  • History of involvement in athlete, event and athletic team coverage
  • Advanced skiing or snowboarding ability
  • Must be capable of performing the essential functions of the position and be available essentially on call 24/7 while traveling with respective team
  • Independent in traveling and adaptable/flexible in adverse working conditions
  • Have completed the Medical Pool Membership 
  • Successful completion of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Medical Emergencies in Skiing and Snowboarding Course (MESS) every 4 years
  • Background screen through U.S. Ski & Snowboard
  • Completion of USOC Safe Sport training
  • Completion of USADA's HealthPro Advantage 

AT/PT  Application Documents

Submit the following required application documents to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Medical Department, subject: AT/PT Pool – New Applicant:

  • Copy of current Curriculum Vitae
  • Proof of athletic training certification (BOC) and state licensure (where applicable)/ Proof of Physical Therapy licensure/Proof of international equivalent.
  • Copy of current advanced CPR with valve bag mask and AED certificate
  • A minimum of three letters of reference from peers, coaches/athletes, athletic directors and staff
  • Current professional liability insurance
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