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Olympic Surgeon
updated: Jul 17, 2012, 11:59 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Orthopedic Surgeon Jonathan Fow, M.D. was recently selected by USA Volleyball (USAV) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to provide his sports medicine expertise at the London Olympic Games. He will travel to London July 23 through August 10 where he will join his sports medicine team.

Their 24/7 job is to help the athletes go for the gold. Included among the athletes are the Central Coast's own defending men's Gold Medalists Todd Rogers of Solvang and Phil Dalhausser of Ventura, two-time defending gold medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May, returning Olympians Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal, and 1st-time Olympians April Ross and Jen Kessy. Dr. Fow has worked with professional beach volleyball and the USAV for over 10 years covering tournaments across the country. This will be his first time traveling overseas and Dr. Fow's first time as a team physician at an Olympic Games.

As part of the competitive process of joining the USOC sports medicine program, Dr. Fow was chosen to collaborate with the sports medicine team at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center last August 1-16. There he worked with athletes of all disciplines as the on-site volunteer sports physician. Dr. Fow utilized his knowledge and experience in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine alongside a team of chiropractors, physical therapists, athletic trainers and massage therapists to keep the athletes healthy and competitive. Besides managing injuries, Dr. Fow addressed any medical problems that arose and elite sports performance. He worked in a similar capacity as the first Medical Director of the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.

Additionally, during his time at the Olympic Training Facility in Colorado this August, Dr. Fow lectured on various sports topics for the staff and discussed his approach to sports injuries and treating athletes. In January, he was invited to lecture at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista on approaches to sports sideline coverage.

By helping develop a world class, elite sports medicine team for beach volleyball, Dr. Fow has gained a great appreciation of the multidisciplinary approach to sports medicine. Beach volleyball has been at the forefront of this care model. Dr. Fow states "I prefer to offer a multi- level approach of care to all my patients whether they're athletes or my local patients on the Central Coast." Dr. Fow includes athletic trainers, chiropractors, physical therapists and massage therapists in the treatment of his patients. In addition, he may refer patients to dieticians, naturopathic physicians and acupuncture specialists to provide their knowledge and skills to better his patients' care. This approach to sports medicine has helped Dr. Fow improve both athletes' performance and his surgical patients' outcomes and lifestyle.

Jonathan Fow, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and completed a sports medicine and arthroscopy fellowship. Dr. Fow was recruited to the Central Coast in 2003 and is the Chief of Staff at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital. He has offices in Arroyo Grande and Morro Bay. Dr. Fow is the team physician for Nipomo High School, Morro Bay High School and the San Luis Blues Baseball Team. He resides in Avila Beach with his wife Leslie and their three children.

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