Larry Nassar had a long career as a physician, specifically in the field of sports medicine and gymnastics. Here are some key points about his career:
- Education and Training: Nassar earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan in 1985. He went on to pursue a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating in 1993.
- USA Gymnastics National Team Doctor: Nassar began working with USA Gymnastics as a team physician in 1986. He was named the national team doctor in 1996 and continued in that position until 2015.
- Michigan State University: Nassar was associated with Michigan State University (MSU) as an associate professor in the College of Osteopathic Medicine. He joined the MSU Sports Medicine Clinic in 1997.
- Olympic Games and Championships: Nassar provided medical care to gymnasts at various prestigious events, including the Olympic Games. He attended four Olympic Games as the team doctor for USA Gymnastics, in 1996, 2000, 2008, and 2012.
- Medical Innovations: Nassar was known for his work in developing new treatment techniques for sports-related injuries, including a technique called the “Nassar Technique” for pelvic floor physical therapy.
- Respected Figure: Nassar gained the trust and respect of many athletes, coaches, and parents due to his prominent role as a team doctor and his reputation as a knowledgeable and caring physician.
- Abuse Scandal: Nassar’s career came to a devastating end when his widespread sexual abuse of young female gymnasts was exposed. The abuse occurred under the guise of medical treatments and occurred over many years. The case brought significant attention to the issue of sexual abuse in sports and led to major investigations and reforms within USA Gymnastics and other organizations.
It’s important to note that while Nassar had a career as a physician, his actions and crimes overshadow any positive contributions he may have made in the field. His abuse of patients has had a profound and lasting impact on the gymnasts he victimized and the broader sports community.