National Senior Games a Golden Experience for Chiropractic Students

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Palmer’s West Campus Sports Council takes care of athletes at National Senior Games — Members of the Sports Council chapter of Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West Campus in San Jose, California, provided chiropractic sports care services to more than 800 competitors in Augusts 2009 National Senior Games, the largest multi-sport event in the world for seniors. Competitors in the two-week National Senior Games, held primarily at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., were able to enhance their performances through chiropractic care. There were more than 10,000 athletes participating in the August 1-15 competition.

Palmer College’s West Campus Sports Council worked as part of an integrative healthcare team with residents from the Stanford University Medical Center, who referred any conditions that were musculoskeletal in nature to the Palmer Sports Council tent. More than 800 athletes received care from the Sports Council team, and many returned for follow-up care, which pushed the total number of patient visits to more than 1,200.

Palmer West Sports Council Senior Games 2009
Palmer West Sports Council at 2009 Senior Games

“Although I know this is just a step on a journey for our Sports Council, the National Senior Games felt like the culmination of a career for me,” said Edward Feinberg, D.C., a Palmer professor and Sports Council faculty adviser since the organization’s formation in 1994. “This was the first time that we’ve interacted with Stanford Emergency and Sports Medicine, and we’ve left them with some very positive impressions.”

“I can’t help feeling proud about our Sport’s Council’s recent experience working alongside other health providers at the National Senior Games,” said William Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., West Campus president. “This is truly a high level of visibility for Palmer College and for chiropractic in general, and it demonstrates the value that the organizers saw in making chiropractic care available to these amazing athletes. Whenever we work with other healthcare providers in these settings, we generate respect and open up other avenues of potential collaboration.”

Palmer College alumni who served as Sports Council clinicians during the two-week event included: Pauline Anderson, D.C. (1990 graduate and West Campus associate clinical professor); Steve Capobianco, D.C. (2003); Dr. Feinberg (1983 graduate, West Campus professor and Sports Council adviser); Tony Kearns, D.C. (2007); and Mehdi Moossavi, D.C. (1992 graduate and West Campus professor). In addition, another West alumnus, Taylor Rabbetz, D.C. (2000), was instrumental in helping to facilitate the opportunity for the West Campus Sports Council to serve as the event’s chiropractic provider.

“The National Senior Games was by far the best event during my time as a member of the Sports Council,” said Michael Lord, West Campus Sports Council president. “There were nearly two dozen sports, so you had athletes presenting with a variety of conditions. Plus, you had athletes returning after their events, which provided the opportunity for immediate feedback and evaluation. The competitive spirit of these athletes was inspiring. And it was great to have so many athletes return and thank us for helping them compete, and, for several, win their events.”

For additional information: www.palmer.eduwww.palmerwestsports.comwww.2009seniorgames.org

Source: Palmer College of Chiropractic

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