MAYWOOD, Ill. (June 5, 2015) – Two Loyola University Health System physicians will be official team physicians for the USA at the 2015 summer World University Games (WUG) in Korea.
Jolie C. Holschen, MD, emergency medicine, along with sports medicine physician, Haemi Choi, MD, will travel to Korea and lend their medical expertise to the premier athletic event.
“As a USA team physician, I will utilize my diverse medical training practiced in the Loyola Emergency Department to care for the more than 500 athletes competing in 21 sports,” says Dr. Holschen. “The World University Games are second only to the Olympic Games and the young talent are names we will recognize for a long time to come. As a former collegiate athlete as well as a physician, I can relate to the risks of injury and the desire to remain competitive.”
The WUG is an international multi-sport event organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The WUG is an international sporting and cultural festival, staged every two years in a different city around the world, representing both winter and summer competitions.
“The young athletes will be extremely competitive and each will be pushing the limits for team excellence and personal bests,” says Dr. Choi. “As a sports medicine physician, I expect to treat a full range of sports-related injuries including sprains, broken bones, pulled muscles and concussions.”
Drs Holschen and Choi will provide medical care for the USA delegation of athletes and staff. They will also provide onsite medical coverage at sporting events. Both have provided medical care to athletes at the collegiate, amateur, Olympic and professional levels for more than a decade.
“I will partner with the American athletes to make sure they are fit to compete throughout the international competition,” says Dr. Holschen. “The desire to win is strong among athletes at this level and the stakes are high.”
With more than 500 athletes, the 2015 Summer Games in Gwangju City, Korea, will have the largest American team in the history of USA. participation in the Games. By contrast, the 2013 American team had 400 athletes and staff in Kazan, Russia.
The USA won a total of 40 medals at the 2013 Kazan Summer Games, finishing 6th in the world. Many now-famous athletes have represented the USA in previous WUG competitions prior to gaining stardom in the Olympics and professional sports. These include such elite athletes as Michael Johnson (track), Charles Barkley and Larry Bird (men’s basketball), Matt Biondi and Michael Phelps (swimming), and Lisa Leslie (women’s basketball).
Dr. Holschen is an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Dr. Choi is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.