September 06, 2018
For two weeks Jodie Hermann, D.O., assistant professor and chair in the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, sat ringside in Budapest, Hungary, as members of the USA Boxing youth team took on the world.
Hermann was there to take care of the young boxers’ injuries and illnesses, as well as to help them make their weight categories.
“These are a strong, driven, committed, passionate group of people who work very hard in their sport,” says Hermann.
USA Boxing is a feeder program for the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team. The male and female boxers on the youth team, all under the age of eighteen, captured three gold medals and one bronze medal.
Hermann was visiting the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado when USA Boxing’s athletic trainer asked if she would like to become the team’s ringside physician. Hermann accepted the offer.
“It’s a great adventure, and it’s always nice to help,” she says.
Hermann says she will take her experiences in Hungary and pass them on to her students.
She hits the road again in early October to work with the elite team, boxers over the age of 18. They’ll be competing in Chattanooga, Tennessee, at the U.S. National Qualifiers.