OA Centers for Orthopaedics today announced that Dr. Michael Pleacher has been selected to serve as team physician for the U.S. Ski Team as it competes in the FIS Cross Country World Cup Final Races in Sweden from March 14-18, 2012. Hosted by the Federation International de Ski (FIS), the World Cup Final opens with a sprint prologue race of 2.5K for women and 3.3K for men at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden on March 16. Longer distance races follow the prologue in Falun, Sweden on March 17-18. Seven athletes from the United States will compete against a field of 150 athletes from around the world.
“Dr. Pleacher continues a tradition of excellence among our specialty orthopedic doctors of serving as team physicians for United States national teams,” said John Wipfler, CEO of OA Centers for Orthopaedics. “OA doctors have served as team physicians for U.S. Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams at the Olympics and World Championships, the Duathlon World Championships as well as other high level athletic events both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Pleacher’s involvement with the U.S. Ski Team began four years ago when he was nominated and selected as part of a pool of 75-80 physicians from around the country to serve the U.S. Ski Team. As part of his training, Dr. Pleacher attended a medical emergency ski course in Beaver Creek, CO where he was trained by some of the best medical minds in emergency ski medicine. While in Sweden with the U.S. Ski Team, Dr. Pleacher will not only address race day medical encounters involving muscle strains and potential bone fractures and joint injuries, he will also interface with host country medical providers to review emergency evacuation plans in case of major medical emergencies.
“My involvement with the U.S. Ski Team has enhanced my sports medicine practice as I have developed an appreciation for the physiological strains that these extraordinarily fit athletes encounter in competition,” said Dr. Pleacher, who recently joined OA Centers for Orthopaedics to lead OA’s Brunswick office where he serves as team Physician for Bowdoin College
“I am really looking forward to the competition in Sweden,” Dr. Pleacher continued. “I expect #1 ranked Kikkan Randall of the U.S. to do extraordinarily well in the Women’s Prologue in Stockholm.”
At OA, Dr. Pleacher specializes in the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of sports-related musculoskeletal injuries. He completed his undergraduate studies at Wake Forest University and then earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA. After completing a Pediatric residency at Maine Medical Center, Dr. Pleacher went on to complete a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Maine Medical Center in conjunction with OA Centers for Orthopaedics. Dr. Pleacher then spent 6 years out west, most recently serving as a sports medicine doctor and team physician for the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Dr. Pleacher joined OA in November 2011.