High Point Physician has Unique Sideline as U.S. Medical Coordinator for Philippine Olympic Team
HIGH POINT, N.C. – Dr. Todd Reiter, recently appointed medical director of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center at High Point Regional Health System, knows first-hand the similarities between Olympic athletes and rehabilitation patients. Dr. Reiter is also the U.S. Sports Medical Coordinator for the Philippine Olympic Team. He attended the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China and plans to attend the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in the United Kingdom.
“Going through physical rehabilitation following an injury or illness is the same as that of an athlete recovering from an injury, they are just at different levels," said Dr. Reiter. "Both patients and athletes have to work hard to regain their level of function.”
Dr. Reiter attended medical school at the University of the East in Manila, Philippines and graduated in 2004. While in medical school, he developed friendships and connections in the Philippines which led to his appointment as the U.S. Medical Director for the Philippine Team. Many of the Philippine teams train in the U.S., so Dr. Reiter keeps in touch with all of them.
“At the Beijing games, I stayed in the Olympic Village with the athletes. It was a great adventure, but it is all business. The athletes are extremely focused and dedicated,” said Dr. Reiter. “In some ways, it’s very similar to our patients on the Inpatient Rehabilitation unit. Both patients and athletes have to work hard to rebuild their strength and function. It’s a demanding process for both of them.”
As Medical Director of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, Dr. Reiter is focused on helping patients achieve their functional goals quickly.
Dr. Reiter explains, “We see all ages of patients here and we are continually inspired by those who think they are totally disabled following an injury or stroke. Their progress confirms why I became a physician and why my passion continues. The patients are my motivation.”
For more information on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, call the Contact Center at (336) 878-6888.