Logan’s Paralympic Operation Department recently partnered with USA Boccia for its 2019 Nationals competition in San Antonio, Texas. Devon Ackroyd, DC, CSCS, advanced practice clinician at Paraquad, and Cami Stastny, DC, CCSP, second year resident in Logan’s Human Performance Centers, were in attendance providing chiropractic support for the athletes and learning the classification system for the Paralympic precision ball sport, similar to bocce, for wheelchair athletes.
“I thoroughly enjoyed working with the Boccia athletes again, helping them prepare, recover and improve their performance,” said Dr. Ackroyd. “I particularly enjoyed being immersed in the classification process, and I look forward to continuing to grow and develop Logan’s partnership with USA Boccia.”
Drs. Ackroyd and Stastny worked with athletes by stretching them out before and after games and talking with them about seat positioning and general body movement. Athletes were given time to discuss their needs and how they can work with Logan chiropractors at future trainings and competitions to improve their performance.
“I couldn’t believe how much went into the sport, from the detailed classification system and strategy of play,” said Dr. Stastny. “Everyone was so great to work with, from administrative to athlete. I’m so glad I was able to be a part of the event and hope to see more chiropractors integrated in Paralympic events in the future.”
Becky Prince, executive director of USA Boccia, said Drs. Ackroyd and Stastny were a great addition to the tournament, and many athletes thanked her for making them available. “USA Boccia is very excited about this partnership and we are looking forward to more opportunities for growth,” she said.