AT 85, Dr. Howard G. Knuttgen is perhaps the oldest to attend the International Olympic Committee World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.
Still active on a semi-retired appointment in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard University in the United States, Dr. Knuttgen, still works at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston.
To date, he continues to take part in IOC activities as Coordinator of Scientific Publications for the IOC Medical Commission.
In this role, he has produced 21 volumes of an Encyclopedia of Sports medicine and 21 handbooks of Sports medicine and Science, each of them on a different Olympic Sport.
During his academic years, Dr. Knuttgen already was much interested in the science of sports so much so he was appointed to this position of leadership for publication activities of the Medical Commission.
Howard is married to Swedish Brigitte from whom he has two lovely daughters, each of whom gave him a grandson.
His love for sports has not ceased even at his advanced age as he continues to trail bike in the forest in his hometown of Boston.
In his student days in high school and college, he actively engaged in three different sports—international soccer (or football), basketball (playing the guard position) and lacrosse, an ancient American-Indian team sport played between teams with the use of a small ball and a long-handed stick called a crosse.