Jim Berry begins by clarifying he is a certified athletic trainer, not an epidemiologist. Berry is qualified to discuss the safety protocols the Naval Academy Athletic Association has implemented for the return of sports during a coronavirus pandemic. Navy’s associate athletic director for sports medicine is not an expert on COVID-19, although he learns more and more about the highly contagious disease every day.
When the spread of COVID-19 finally began to slow, colleges around the country had to make decisions on how and if they would play competitive sports. At the five service academies, the decision was further complicated by the requirement of their students to complete the physical aspect of their mission.
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Many questioned the decision by Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo to not engage in contact practices throughout August training camp.
Cmdr. Lance LeClere, MD, a former orthopaedic surgeon for the Navy Seals and current head team physician for the U.S. Naval Academy’s 33 varsity sports, has joined Vanderbilt Orthopaedics Lebanon at Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital.
WHAT DO OLYMPIANS, Navy SEALs, and many women over the age of 55 all have in common? They’ve embraced a new kind of physical therapy and training method called blood flow restriction (BFR).