9/20/2017: I don’t know. Here’s his job description, explaining that his duties are split between the Ducks Department of Athletic Medicine, and the University Health Center, followed by his salary report showing all his pay comes from the UHC, which is funded by student health fees:
But at least he’s board certified in Sports Medicine. In fact it was a requirement for the job, although his boss doesn’t have it.
9/7/2017: Duck Director of Athletic Medicine Greg Skaggs is not board certified in Sports Medicine
The American Medical Association / ABMS website notes:
My Doctor is Board Certified. Is Yours? You want quality care for your family. That’s why choosing a Board Certified doctor is so important.
Board Certification is a voluntary process that goes above and beyond licensing requirements – it’s a commitment to continually expand knowledge in a medical specialty.
Presumably that knowledge would include concussion treatments, rhabdo, exercise during low air quality, and perhaps some CTE on medical ethics and conflicts of interest while working as a team doctor. This 2010 UO job announcement for a University Physician notes:
Graduate of accredited medical school
M.D. or D.O. Licensure by the Oregon Medical Board – (or license eligible)
ABMS-approved board certification in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine or Pediatrics
Successful Completion of Sports Medicine Fellowship
Board Certified or Board Eligible in Sports Medicine
Dr. Skaggs’s Sports Medicine certification lapsed in 2009: https://www.theabfm.org/diplomate/find.aspx?ts=636403559
9/2/2017: Duck Physician Greg Skaggs delays Utah game over unhealthy smoke levels
Just kidding, if the good doctor is OK with the concussions and CTE, a little lung damage of the sort that knocked back Steve Prefontaine’s career at Hayward Field in 1973 certainly isn’t going to make him lose any sleep at night:
Of course the unpaid Duck and Southern Utah “student-athletes” are playing to earn the money that will pay Skaggs’s salary, and could lose their scholarships for refusing to do so. Prefontaine was running for himself. From the Seattle Times:
In 1973, Prefontaine scheduled a race at Hayward Field to pass the hat to raise money for him to compete in Europe.
“It was free. It was almost just a workout. It was, `Come and watch me and I’ll run a four-minute mile,’ ” Hollister said.
But the wind shifted and brought smoke from nearby grass-field burns over the campus. Prefontaine ran the mile in 3:58 anyway.
“You really almost had to drive with your headlights on the smoke was so thick,” Hollister said. “He showed up and ran a four-minute mile. It was a pretty gutty and impressive effort.
“It definitely affected his lungs. He got out there with a blow horn and thanked everybody and spit up some blood. That pretty much ruined the rest of his year.”
In 1974, he was back, setting five American records and winning five races in Europe. He set his sights on the 1976 Olympics, when he would be 25 and just reaching his prime.
His contemporaries say Prefontaine was far ahead of his time in the fight for athletes’ rights for endorsements and earning money to train.