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USA Fencing Names Jeremy Summers as Director of Sports Medicine

11/09/2015, 11:00pm CST
By Nicole Jomantas

Jeremy Summers, USA Fencing Director of Sports Medicine

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – USA Fencing is pleased to announce that Jeremy Summers (Huntington Beach, Calif.) has been named as the director of sports medicine.

A member of the 1997 Senior World Team and two-time Junior World Team, Summers became one of the first U.S. saber fencers ever to compete in the quarter-finals when he finished in the top eight at the 1994 Cadet Worlds and retired from competition in 2000.

Summers joined the USA Fencing Sports Medicine staff in 2009 and has worked as a chiropractor and athletic trainer on both the North American and World Cup circuits. Summers, who became chair of the Sports Medicine Committee in 2013, has served on the sports medicine staff for the Senior World Championship Teams in 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

In his new role, Summers will work with USA Fencing’s National Team athletes as well as the USA Fencing and U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Performance Staffs to ensure that the teams are provided with exemplary medical care.

Summers will travel to assigned Olympic qualifying and Championship events to work with Team USA as well as coordinate sports medicine coverage for USA Fencing’s domestic and international tournament schedule.

“We are thrilled to have Jeremy as part of our team.  Our top level athletes will see a significant upgrade in medical care and our membership will benefit from enhanced sports medicine educational opportunities,” said USA Fencing Sports Performance Director Kate Reisinger (Colorado Springs, Colo.) “Jeremy’s passion for the sport and dedication to our athletes is unmatched and we look forward to providing our fencers with the support they need prior to the 2016 Olympic Games.”

Summers earned his doctor of chiropractic degree from Southern California University of Health Sciences in 2009 and his bachelor’s degree in sports medicine and athletic training from Park University in 2004. Summers also holds a masters in acupuncture and a diplomate of chiropractic sports medicine.

Prior to joining the USA Fencing staff on a full-time basis, Summers worked in private practice as a doctor of chiropractic at the Soft Tissue Center at D.I.S.C. in Marina del Rey, Calif. 

"It's an absolute honor to be in a position of support for our men and women of the USA Fencing National Team as they embark upon their road to Rio,” Summers said. “I am truly looking forward to dedicating my passion of sports medicine to our wonderful sport of fencing."

Summers will be traveling with Team USA on the World Cup circuit throughout October and November where he will work with the women’s saber team in Orleans, France; the men’s foil team in Tokyo, Japan; and the men’s epee team in Tallinn, Estonia. 

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