Olympic Gold Medalist Receives Post Operative Rehabilitation from Daemen College Physical Therapists
Mongolian Olympic Team’s Only Multi-Medalist Returns to WNY
Post-Op Rehabilitation Care Provided by Daemen Physical Therapy, Athletic Training Programs
March 1, 2013
Contact: Mike Andrei
This week Daemen College physical therapists provided rehabilitation therapy to Olympic gold medalist Naidan Tüvshinbayar, heavyweight judo champion from Mongolia, who is visiting Western New York with a delegation from his country.
In the 2012 London Summer Olympics, Tüvshinbayar won a silver medal, becoming the first Olympic multimedalist from Mongolia. He won despite suffering a serious knee injury in the semifinal bout. Upon arriving in WNY, Tüvshinbayar received successful surgery on his left knee, performed by noted Buffalo knee surgeon Dr. John Marzo.
The group previously visited Western New York following the 2008 Beijing Olympics to enable Tüvshinbayar, the first Mongolian to win an Olympic gold medal, to receive medical evaluation and treatment from Dr. Marzo and Daemen physical therapy for an injury he received to his right knee in Olympic competition.
“Daemen College is honored that the nation of Mongolia would entrust the Daemen Physical Therapy and Athletic Training Departments with the post-operative rehabilitative care of their country’s only Olympic gold medal winning athlete,” said Daemen President Dr. Gary A. Olson.
“We see this as an important step in the strengthening of future partnerships between Mongolian Olympic athletes and Daemen professional programs.”
Tüvshinbayar 's medical care is due to longstanding relationships fostered by Carmen Cabell, Consul of Mongolia in New Jersey. The Consul's close friendship with Niagara Falls Redevelopment Director Roger Trevino, and Seymour Knox IV, in Western New York led to the visit in 2008 for treatment to Tüvshinbayar 's knee. As the first Olympian representing Mongolia to win a gold medal, Tüvshinbayar was named a national hero in his country, which sits between Russia and China.
“In addition to enabling Naidan Tüvshinbayar to receive top-flight medical care from Dr. Marzo and Daemen, this visit to the Buffalo/Niagara region also has delegation members renewing old relationships and making new friends here in Western New York,” said Trevino.
In 2008, through the office of Consul Cabell, Trevino introduced the gold medalist to Dr. Marzo, whom Tüvshinbayar largely credits with extending his Olympic career and his second Olympic medal.
“The Athletic Training and Physical Therapy Departments at Daemen College are excited to provide rehabilitation services post operatively to Tüvshinbayar,” said Dr. Greg Ford, DPT, Ph.D., OCS, associate professor and chair of the Daemen Physical Therapy Department.
“This is an opportunity to assist an Olympic athlete to return to his sport at the highest level following significant reconstructive surgery.”
Upon his return to Mongolia, Tüvshinbayar will continue his rehabilitation with ongoing consultations with Ford and other members of the Daemen rehabilitative team via Skype, and telemedicine.
A longtime friendship between Trevino and former Daemen President Martin J. Anisman opened the door for dialog between Daemen and the Mongolian delegation. Mongolian Parliamentary Minister Khaltmaagiin Batuulga led the establishment of educational initiatives between Daemen College and Mongolian universities, including a developing partnership between the Daemen Departments of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training and the Mongolian Olympic team.
(L-R) Mongolian gold medal Olympian Naidan Tuvshinbayar, Daemen Physical Therapy Department Chair Dr. Greg Ford, and Daemen Athletic Training Department Director Dr. Lynn Matthews review electronic images of Tuvshinbayar's knee surgery, performed by Buffalo orthopaedic surgeon Dr. John Marzo.
Daemen Physical Therapy Department Chair Dr. Greg Ford closely examines the knee of Mongolian National Olympian Naidan Tuvshinbayar. Daemen physical therapy and athletic training professionals developed post-oprative rehabilitative treatment for the gold medal winning athlete.