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Medical Coverage of Winter Nordic Sports: An Overview From the Field

Gaul, Lawrence W.

doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e3181f27553
Sport-Specific Illness and Injury: Section Articles

Traveling with sports teams requires flexibility and a wide range of knowledge, as well as problem-solving abilities. Dominating the medical types of problems in the Nordic sports are the respiratory illnesses, especially asthma and upper respiratory infections (URI). Additionally, the team physician must have an awareness of antidoping issues. This overview highlights many of the issues encountered traveling domestically as well as internationally with high-level Nordic teams. Helpful links are included to facilitate the care of all levels of athletes. Additionally, a few side issues such as altitude illness and minor trauma are mentioned.

Team Physician, Nordic Sports, United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), Park City, UT; USSA FIS medical committee representative, Medical Director, Intensive Care Unit, Vail Valley Medical Center, Vail, CO; Cardiologist, Avanti Cardiology, a division of VVMC, Vail, CO

Address for correspondence: Lawrence W. Gaul, M.D., FACC, C/O Avanti Cardiology, 108 S. Frontage Rd. West # 206, Vail, CO 81658 (E-mail:

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