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Mayo Clinic Experts Offer Insights on Olympians
Date:8/4/2008

ROCHESTER, Minn., Aug. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mayo Clinic's medical experts offer breadth and depth about health issues and background related to the Olympic Games and Olympians. These are just some of our experts. Call us -- we'll do our best to meet your needs.

Michael Joyner, M.D., is an anesthesiologist and specialist in exercise science, with special interest in track and field. He says that athletes' performances continue to improve not necessarily because of genetics but because of training harder and longer, improved medical care and the fact that world-class athletes from more countries now participate. Dr. Joyner is an expert on the older athlete and can address relationships of environment on training. He also is an authority on doping.

Mary Oconnor, M.D., is chair of Orthopedic Surgery at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida. She was a member of the Olympic rowing team in 1980 when the U.S. boycotted the games. Dr. Oconnor was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal for being a team member. She specializes in limb and knee repair and in women's health and can talk about any aspect of bone damage and treatment.

Aynsley Smith, Ph.D., is a sports medicine specialist who can discuss depression and its relationship to poor athletic performance and how psychological factors affect an athlete's success. She can also discuss pressures on athletes to do well -- from coaches, parents, peers and sponsors. She has significant insight on doping issues, from supplements to performance enhancing drugs. And, she is a national expert on "yips" -- the phenomenon where a person experiences a jerk or tremor in high-pressure situations causing them to fail.

Richard Berger, M.D., Ph.D., is an expert on the biomechanics and nerves of the hand and wrist, from bones and ligaments to injury and repair.

Diane Dahm, M.D., specializes in bone mineral density and the knee in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)-injured patients. She can talk abou
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