The Montreal Royal of the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) is excited to announce that Andreane Bourgeois, MD from University of Montreal will continue to serve as the team’s head physician for the 2021 season. Dr. Bourgeois specializes in family medicine and as a Primary Care sport physician.
Dr. Bourgeois joins the new AUDL Athletic Care Network (ACN), a new league-wide program that provides each of the league's 22 teams with a Head Team Physician. As the Head Team Physician, Dr. Bourgeois will be overseeing all Royal health protocols and personnel, including medical specialists, athletic trainers, and other allied healthcare professionals. She will work with the league network to provide an avenue for safely re-opening play in 2021.
Announced earlier, the formation of the ACN originated from the work in early 2020 to assemble the AUDL COVID Task Force (ACTF). A multidisciplinary committee of eight experts in medicine, epidemiology, and public health, the ACTF together created the AUDL COVID Policies and Procedures, a precursor to establishing a more comprehensive AUDL Health and Safety Guidelines. These guidelines include specific COVID-related protocols pertinent to the short-term, as well as general health and safety best practices to ensure the well-being of AUDL players and personnel in the long-term.
After the 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19, the league hopes to return to play a full season in 2021, which would include four Montreal Royal home games played at Complexe Sportif Claude-Robillard. More details on the Athletic Care Network can be found on the AUDL website.