FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 23, 2015
American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
AMSSM Member To Serve As Medical Director for 2015 Special Olympics World Games
(Leawood, KS) – July 23, 2015 - American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) Member Aaron Rubin, MD, is serving as Medical Director for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games LA2015, which will be held in Los Angeles July 25 thru August 2, 2015. Dr. Rubin will manage a team of more than 650 participating physicians from Kaiser Permanente who will partner with medical teams from USC, UCLA, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Western Medical School and others. Together they will provide medical care for the 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries. The Special Olympics World Games has also drawn 30,000 non-medical volunteers to assist in what will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015 and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. The anticipated attendance at seven venues throughout greater Los Angeles is expected to be more than 500,000.
Anticipating event needs, Dr. Rubin, and the team from Kaiser Permanente and the Special Olympics World Games Organizing Committee LA2015, created a comprehensive medical care plan which includes training, written protocols and screening guidelines, all to be implemented with the assistance of local police, fire departments and EMS agencies that will be on hand to provide emergency care at designated partner hospitals.
Prior to his involvement with the Special Olympics World Games, Dr. Rubin provided medical coverage for the Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games, which included several hundred international athletes in attendance.
Dr. Rubin is the editor for the Sideline and Event Management section of the Current Sports Medicine Reportand creator of the Sideline Trauma and Event Medicine (S.T.E.M.) course for sports medicine providers. He currently practices family and sports medicine at Kaiser Permanente in Fontana, CA, where he is Program Director for the Kaiser Permanente Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. He also serves as Team Physician at Patriot High School and the University of California, Riverside.
In addition to his work in sports medicine, Dr. Rubin is the Regional Coordinator for Disaster Preparedness and the Regional Chair of Sports Medicine for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group.
He helped found and has served as the Commander for the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Medical Reserve Corp.
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AMSSM is a multi-disciplinary organization of 2,700+ sports medicine physicians dedicated to education, research, advocacy and the care of athletes of all ages. The majority of AMSSM members are primary care physicians with fellowship training and added qualification in sports medicine who then combine their practice of sports medicine with their primary specialty. AMSSM includes members who specialize solely in non-surgical sports medicine and serve as team physicians at the youth level, NCAA, NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS and NHL, as well as with Olympic teams. By nature of their training and experience, sports medicine physicians are ideally suited to provide comprehensive medical care for athletes, sports teams or active individuals who are simply looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle.