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Sports Medicine

Welcome to USA Fencing Sports Medicine

Jeremy Summers DC, DACBSPĀ®, LAc, ATC

Hello! My name is Jeremy Summers and I am the Director of Sports Medicine for USA Fencing. In 2015, I had the honor of being employed by USA Fencing full time in order to help provide and facilitate the support our National Teams. 

I have been working within the USA Fencing Sports Medicine Program since 2008-09 season and took over for from my mentor and friend Peter A. Harmer Ph.D., MPH, ATC, FACSM.

Actually, I have been around fencing since the early 90s when I started fencing at Central High School in Kansas City, Mo. with coach Valdimir Nazlymov. I represented USA Fencing in 50+ World Cups and four World Championships (1994-97) and came just shy of making the Olympic Games in 2000. During the 1996 Junior Worlds, I suffered one of the most common injuries in fencing: a hamstring tear on my front leg. Since this injury and my retirement I have been on a mission to educate myself and to become the best possible sports medicine doctor in order to bring it all back to the sport of fencing.

I am now honored to represent USA Fencing in this position where I travel with Team USA on the international circuit and also work at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.  

This new position is not only my dream job in supporting our National Team in winning Olympic medals but it also allows our sports medicine team the opportunity for developing a multimedia educational platform for our sport. Our Sports Medicine Program’s ultimate goal is to help change a culture of fencing through education by providing our athletes, coaches, and parents with the tools of optimal performance.

Throughout the coming season our sports medicine program will be developing content and resources for our fencers, coaches and parents. I am pleased that we are moving forward to bringing evidence-based sports medicine knowledge to your fingertips.

Our strategic plan over the next year will include developing content that will aid our demographic to better understand injury prevention strategies, proper recovery of athletic performance, sports nutritional information, sports psychology aspects to training/performance and much more. It is my personal hope that we use a wide variety of multimedia outlets of video instruction, this sports medicine blog, and live personal educational seminars at domestic USA Fencing events in order to give you the opportunity to learn and be informed. This will also include interactive web content and archives that will allow our users to find information they are looking for!

Again, USA Fencing Sports Medicine Program is absolutely excited to be moving forward and hopes that you join us as we provide information that you may find useful in sport and in life!

Jeremy Summers

Director of Sports Medicine