USA Para Powerlifting Holds Training Camp at Logan University

More than a dozen athletes, coaches and families gathered this weekend for Logan’s first training camp as the new home for USA Para Powerlifting. 

The athletes are preparing for upcoming national and world competitions with the ultimate goal of earning a spot on the Paralympic Team. 

“As a kid, I always watched the Olympics and wanted to compete,” said Chelsi Figley, past National team member from Columbiana, Ohio. “I didn’t even know about the Paralympics until my mid 20s, and when I heard they had bench press, I thought, ‘I’m pretty good at that.’”

Chelsi officially got involved in para powerlifting in June 2009. She has qualified for World Paralympic Championships in the past and is hoping to make her first Olympic appearance at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Toyko.

During the competition, Chelsi said mentally, she felt better than usual. “I felt really prepared going in and I think part of that was just knowing what to expect,” she said. “We’ve been communicated with a lot prior to our arrival and everything has been running very smooth. I’m really looking forward to returning to Logan for more tournaments and training.”

David Parish, DC, MS, CSCS, DACBSP, ICCSP, associate dean of clinical care, director of the Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation program and high performance coach for the USA Para Powerlifting Team, was instrumental in securing Logan as the home of USA Para Powerlifting.

He, along with Logan’s Human Performance Center staff, helped arrange on-site chiropractic treatment from Logan residents and body composition analysis, something the athletes have never had access to during a training camp.

“We’ve also set up Skype presentations from the United States Olympic Committee on nutrition and sports psychology,” said Dr. Parish. “It’s been a huge team effort and everyone has done a phenomenal job. It is my goal to make the athletes better and stronger and to be the premiere team at the Paralympics."

Eric Park, PhD, instructor in Logan’s Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance program, was running the DEXA machine to give athletes an idea of how they can improve their diet and optimize performance during competition. “We were looking at their muscle versus fat, but we’ll be following them, gathering data and making recommendations.”

That kind of service, says Mary Hodge, CPT, MS, high performance manager for the USA Para Powerlifting Team, is what has made the training camp a success. “It’s amazing to work with knowledgeable people who have the athlete’s best interests, physically and professionally as far as sports, in mind.”

Cardiologist Meets Chiropractor - March 20th, 2017

Chiropractic on Purpose presents Cardiologist Meets Chiropractor on Monday, March 20th at 11:20am in Room 156B.

Students are invited to hear Jack Wolfson, DO, author of The Paleo Cardiologist, who will share his story about embracing a holistic lifestyle through chiropractic after meeting his wife, Heather Wolfson, DC.

Logan Sports Rehab Graduate Provides Strength and Conditioning Support for Iowa Wild Hockey Team

Gary Bowman, DC always assumed he’d end up playing professional hockey. What he didn’t expect was a career in hockey that, for the most part, keeps him off the ice.

“I was waiting to see if there were any opportunities to play hockey at the collegiate level when I learned that my assistant coach for the junior hockey team St. Louis Sting, Mike Murphy, DC, was working with a number of St. Louis Blues hockey players,” he said. “That was my “a-ha” moment. I could still be a part of the game by helping hockey players achieve greatness.”

An opportunity to play hockey in college brought Dr. Bowman to upstate New York where he enrolled at State University of New York at Oswego. With his mind set on chiropractic, he worked toward a degree in wellness management/health science while fulfilling prerequisites for a chiropractic degree.

From Palmer College of Chiropractic for his Doctor of Chiropractic degree to clinical practice in the suburbs of Chicago, Dr. Bowman eventually found his way back to Iowa, eager to continue his education once more and fine tune his patient care skills. Logan’s Master’s in Sports Science and Rehabilitation helped fill that desire. 

“Once I decided to go for my master’s, rather than a diplomate, Logan was the obvious choice,” he said. “Other degree programs didn’t have that added value that Logan offers, such as opportunities to learn about nutrition and to work in collaborative health care environments.”

In 2014, Dr. Bowman was offered a position with the Iowa Wild, a member of the American Hockey League. Today, he provides strength and conditioning support as well as team training to boost players’ athletic performance.

“When the NHL pulls up guys from the farm program, our guys have to be ready to go,” Dr. Bowman said. “Knowing the sport as well as I do, I know how to help the players get back into the line-up where they should be. We try to provide a seamless transition between the two organizations and the NHL has a true appreciation for what we are doing here."

“I never expected to enjoy my job as much as I do, but this is what I’ve been chasing my whole life.”

Think Like a Chiropractor - March 8th, 2017

Students are invited to attend a special presentation from Dr. Jeff Lawlor titled "Think Like a Chiropractor" on Wednesday, March 8th at 11:30am in Room 142A.

Students in attendance will learn how their chiropractic philosophy guides their critical thinking in making clinical decisions while shaping patients' results.

A pizza lunch will be provided. 

Hosted by the Gonstead Club.

Dr. Dennis Enix Featured in the American Chiropractor

Dr. Dennis Enix, Associate Professor of Research at Logan University, was recently featured in the American Chiropractor in an article detailing his chiropractic research within the geriatric population.

Read the full interview with Dr. Enix in the February 2017 issue of the American Chiropractor.

The Tower - Spring 2017