Palmer College’s West Campus to Provide Care at National Senior Games

Palmer Chiropractic News

Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West Campus in San Jose will offer chiropractic and sports injury care through its Sports Council to more than 10,000 athletes from throughout the United States in August. The athletes will convene on the Stanford University campus and other California locations Aug. 1-15 to compete in over two dozen sports, including basketball, cycling, racquetball, swimming, track and field, and water polo.

They will be gathering for the National Senior Games, the largest multi-sport event in the world for men and women athletes aged 50 and older. For those athletes who desire healthcare services to perform at their best or to deal with an injury, Palmer College will be providing sports chiropractic care, which may include anything from chiropractic adjustments to ice packs, muscle work or taping, depending on need.

The Sports Council programs at each Palmer College campus provide students with a unique opportunity to develop specialized skills in the field of sports chiropractic through practical on-field care and elective classes delivered by some of the most renowned sports-focused practitioners in the chiropractic profession. The West Campus Sports Council teams consist of experienced sports chiropractic faculty doctors and interns with special training in sports chiropractic.

Palmer College’s West Campus, established in 1980, is part of Palmer College of Chiropractic, the founding college of the chiropractic profession that also includes campuses in Davenport, Iowa, and Port Orange, Fla. The West Campus Sports Council has provided chiropractic and first aid services for many prominent athletic events during the past 15 years, ranging from the Santa Clara County Special Olympics and the Mountain Dew Action Sports Tour to the Sea Otter Classic, the world’s largest bicycling festival.

“I think it is a testament to the quality of our Sports Council program and students that we’ve been invited to provide chiropractic services at such a prestigious event,” said Greg Snow, D.C., dean of clinics at Palmer’s West Campus. “Being on Stanford’s campus and providing care alongside the healthcare providers from Stanford Hospital allows Palmer and the Sports Council an opportunity to demonstrate how capable our students are and the high quality care we provide.”

The National Senior Games held its inaugural event in 1987 with 2,000 athletes; more than 10,000 athletes are expected to compete in 800 events during the 16 days of the 2009 National Senior Games. The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) is a non-profit member of the United States Olympic Committee. Studies show that more and more members of the “Baby Boom” generation are seeking and benefiting from chiropractic to stay active and achieve their goals. An example of this is an article in the July issue of AARP Magazine about chiropractic benefits for back pain relief, which may be found at

“The National Senior Games will be our biggest endeavor by far,” said Edward Feinberg, D.C., West Campus professor and Sports Council faculty adviser. “In addition, we will be working with Stanford emergency and sports medicine departments, which will give our students the great experience of working as part of a team with other healthcare providers. Finally, we could not accomplish this task without a team of competent sports clinicians to fill the many shifts. Some of our best alumni are filling these spots. They make me proud.”

“Our Council is proud to have the opportunity to serve the athletes competing in the National Senior Games,” said Michael Lord, West Campus Sports Council president. “The (National Senior Games) athletes serve as an inspiration for their level of skill and competition. It’s an honor to help them achieve and maintain their health and wellness goals through chiropractic–not just in this competition, but in everyday life.”

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