Up for the Challenge: Former Logan Sports Resident Takes on Olympic Training Center

September 24, 2019 -- Cami Stastny, DC, MS (’19), CCSP, just returned from a two-week rotation at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Complex in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is the flagship training center for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and the Olympic & Paralympic Training Center programs.

The training center serves more than 500 athletes and coaches at any given time and supports boxing, cycling (Olympic and Paralympic), figure skating, gymnastics, Paralympic judo, pentathlon, shooting (Paralympic and Olympic), Paralympic swimming and wrestling.

Read about Dr. Stastny’s experience and how she provided care for the top athletes in United States.

Were you nervous or excited about attending?

Definitely a little bit of both, but in a good way. For instance, I was nervous and excited to work in a new environment with a new system, but I felt unsure on how my approach would fit―I wanted the athletes to like my treatments. I was also excited to meet new colleagues, share ideas and learn the care given to our nation’s best athletes. 

What you did during the rotation?

As a volunteer, you are assigned to treat in the clinic and take care of the patients on the schedule. There were times I was assigned to cover practices (I did cycling and men’s gymnastics) and times I was on-call through the night, since we were close enough to respond to any emergencies. With my sideline care though my sports science & rehabilitation residency at Logan and several years of clinical experience behind me, I felt well prepared for the rotation. 

What was the most surprising or interesting aspect of the rotation?

The most interesting part was learning about the training center’s history … how it’s all sponsored and donated, learning more about each sport and how to treat it, and the role the training center had on each sport versus the national governing body.

How has this experience prepared you for going forward in your career?

It gave me a good experience of working in a true multi-disciplinary environment and learning how to efficiently and effectively treat the athletes as well as manage cases from different perspectives.      

What are you doing now?

I am an attending clinician at Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena, Texas. 

The opportunity to serve at the Olympic Training Center is
available to any sports chiropractor who meets the requirements to apply. These include, but are not limited to, a minimum of three years professional experience and active involvement in the sports community. Details can be found here.  

Jude Miller Offers Tips for Treating Athletes in Chiropractic Economics

June 11, 2019 -- Jude Miller, DC, MS, CCSP, CME, advanced practice clinician at The University of Memphis (UofM), was recently featured in Chiropractic Economics offering his top chiropractic dos and don’ts when working with college athletes.

Dr. Miller graduated from Logan in 2011 and now represents the University as the team chiropractic physician at UofM, where he works with a sports medicine team consisting of 12 athletic trainers, one full-time physical therapist and himself. Logan Doctor of Chiropractic students complete rotations under the supervision of Dr. Miller, assisting with chiropractic care, soft tissue work, dry needling, kinesio taping and laser therapy for UofM student athletes. Read more about Logan’s partnership with UofM here.

Dr. Miller’s Chiropractic Economics feature is available here

Sports Chiropractors Get a Win in Congress

October 16, 2018 -- In early October, Congress approved legislation that protects chiropractors who travel with sports teams. Whereas previously, jurisdictional issues left chiropractors who crossed state lines to care for athletes uncovered by their medical malpractice insurance, clinicians now can travel with teams worry-free.

The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act of 2018 was included in a H.R. 302, an unrelated piece of legislation that passed the Senate on Oct. 3 and was signed by the President two days later.  It ensures chiropractors that their license and liability insurance remain in effect across all states. This removes an enormous burden of legal and financial risk sports chiropractors faced in the past.

Lobbyists and volunteers with the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) worked closely with government officials to ensure that the bill’s final language included Doctors of Chiropractic. “This legislation not only protects chiropractors and other health professionals who travel with sports teams, it also ensures consistency of care for the athletes who rely on them,” said ACA President N. Ray Tuck, Jr., DC in a statement released by the ACA.

Chiropractic’s role in keeping athletes healthy and performing at their best is being increasingly recognized. In addition to a new partnership with the University of Memphis, Logan University also provides chiropractic care to athletes at the University of Missouri in Columbia and Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis.

“This is a very good thing,” said Logan University President Clay McDonald, DC, MBA, JD. “Chiropractors are an essential element of care for so many athletes and shouldn’t have to take on an undue amount of risk to provide the care needed to keep athletes safe.”

Striking a Balance: Athletics and Academics Create Opportunities for Students

September 26, 2018 -- For many students, sports provide a healthy outlet from rigorous coursework. For others, athletics provide the tools to become better problem solvers, communicators and confident leaders. Meet three Logan University students who are using their passion for sports to their advantage and turning skills acquired in the gym, on the court or on the track to help others lead a healthy, active lifestyle.

Cami Cleaveland

For Trimester 9 student Cami Cleaveland, boxing began as a tool to strengthen her leg muscles after a soccer injury in college left her unable to run. She quickly realized boxing’s physical benefits as well as the emotional benefit of relieving the frustration of not being able to play soccer.  

Six months later, she was hooked and began training to become an instructor. Today, Cami divides her time between earning her Doctor of Chiropractic degree and serving as a boxing and kickboxing instructor at Title Boxing Club in Ballwin, just a few miles from Logan’s campus.

“I have developed great interpersonal skills from being an instructor and from my time at Logan,” she said, adding that her two pursuits have complemented each other in the name of leadership. “I look forward to using those skills after graduation to encourage people to live a healthier lifestyle.”

Alex Midkiff

Alex Midkiff’s curiosity about chiropractic led him to Logan. Now, as a Trimester 4 student, he’s not only learning how to care for others, but he’s also applying that knowledge to help care for his own body while playing physically demanding sports.

“Before, I knew the basics of stretching and preparing my body to play,” he said. “Now, I am so much more aware and mindful, and I have more in-depth knowledge about how to train and prepare.”

When Alex is not studying to be a Doctor of Chiropractic, he can be found on the racquetball courta sport he’s played since he was just 5 years old. His mother, a collegiate racquetball player, first encouraged him to learn the rules of the game since the sport was close to her heart. Although Alex began playing when he was very young, it wasn’t until college that he began to seriously focus of the competitive aspect of racquetball. His most memorable accomplishment is winning the Men’s Singles Open division at the Mizzou Fall Shootout Racquetball Tournament in fall 2017.

Alex recently competed in the 2018 National Intercollegiate Racquetball Championship held in March in Minneapolis, where he finished ninth. He is currently ranked third for men’s singles in Missouri.

“Racquetball has been a great outlet for me to help manage the stresses of school,” says Alex. “School always comes first, but whether I need a break or to burn off some energy, playing racquetball helps me live a healthy lifestyle.”

Garrett Panno

June 23, 2007 is a date Trimester 6 student Garrett Panno will never forget. It was the day he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Despite his diagnosis coming with struggles, Garrett has never let diabetes define him. Instead, he uses it as motivation for changing how the world views people with diabetes, having completed his first marathon with his sights on a second.  

The turning point was October 2016. Garrett went for an early morning run, and without his glasses or phone, he got lost. “I ran six and a half miles, which was the farthest I had ever run,” Garrett said. “It was the day I first realized I could really push myself and my limits.” One year later, he finished running his first marathon for the American Diabetes Association and raised more than $1,800 for the organization. Through training and completing this marathon, Garrett gained a better understanding of blood sugar control and improving his long-term blood sugar levels.

From running and living a healthy lifestyle to studying chiropractic, everything Garrett is doing now serves to help prepare him for his future plan of opening a diabetes-centered and functional medicine-based clinic. “I don’t like the term chiropractic ‘practice.’ It shouldn’t be ‘practice’ when you’re working with a patient,” he said. “School is the time for practicing and learning … but helping patients, that’s game day.”

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