Colorado Doctor Returns from Adaptive World Cup Competition

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Dr. Richard Price of Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates in Grand Junction, Colorado, returns from serving as the Adaptive U.S. Ski Team physician during the World Cup Competition.

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If someone has a disability and would like to learn to ski, programs like Colorado Discover Ability are perfect resources

Dr. Richard Price of Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates (RMOA) recently returned from the World Cup competition in Sestriere, Italy, where he served as the Adaptive U.S. Ski Team’s physician.

During the Jan. 17-23 competition, Dr. Price and physicians representing the competing countries were available to treat the athletes in case of injuries. According to Price there were only two instances where he had to send participants to the hospital for x-rays.

“The skills of these athletes are top notch,” Price said. “The U.S. team consisted of approximately 25 athletes, ranging from a blind skier, to those with a missing limb to all levels of paralysis.”

“If someone has a disability and would like to learn to ski, programs like Colorado Discover Ability are perfect resources,” Price continued. “Many doctors don’t know a lot about adaptive skiing because each person is different in relation to their injury or condition, but these programs are a fantastic place to start.”

RMOA is a sponsor of Colorado Discover Ability’s 14th Annual Ski Challenge at the Powderhorn Resort – Feb. 6 - which benefits athletes in the Grand Valley with disabilities. For more information or to register for the benefit ski race, visit http://www.ColoradoDiscoverAbility.org.

Before joining RMOA as a Primary Care Sports Medicine physician, Dr. Price began as a sports medicine volunteer during ski races while attending the University of Utah. Working the ski scene for some time evolved into becoming the U.S. Ski Team physician during select races. After moving to Mammoth, Calif., Dr. Price worked with many of the top professional snowboarders training in the area and volunteered to work with the U.S. Snowboard Team.

This was Dr. Price’s first year working with the Adaptive U.S. Ski Team, which is sponsored by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Alpine Skiing – http://www.ipc-alpineskiing.org. This year’s events in Sestriere, Italy, included Downhill and Super G races. You can learn more about the Adaptive U.S. Ski Team at http://www.usskiteam.com/adaptive.

About Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates
Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates (RMOA) are dedicated to providing world-class orthopaedic services with hometown compassion. All RMOA physicians have extensive training in the diagnosis and management of injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints and muscles). Physician specialties include arthroscopy, sports medicine, total joint replacement, complex joint reconstruction, fracture care, hand surgery, pediatric orthopaedics, foot surgery, and treatment of spinal disorders and injuries. RMOA locations include the Grand Junction headquarters and offices in Fruita, Delta and Rangely. To learn more about RMOA, visit http://www.rmodocs.com.

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