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.  


Logan Clinician and Resident Provide Chiropractic Care to USA Boccia Paralympic Athletes

August 7, 2019 -- 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. 


Logan Residents Pass Sports & Rehab Exams

August 5, 2019 -- Congratulations to two Logan Sports & Rehabilitation residents who passed the most recent round of sports chiropractic certification exams.

Cami Stastny, DC, MS, CCSP successfully passed the written portion of her Diplomate of American Board of Chiropractic Sports Physicians (DACBSP®) exam, and Leslie Reece, DC successfully passed the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP®)exam.

Logan Resident Director and Clinician Melissa Engelson, DC, MS, CSCS, DACBSP, ICCSP said this recognition represents a significant achievement in the journey of successful Sports & Rehabilitation residents. 

    

Your Whole Health: Preventing Injuries in Youth Sports

June 19, 2019 -- School’s out which means summer camps and youth sports are in full swing. As youngsters of all ages head to the parks and playing fields, Logan’s Human Performance Center Resident Cami Stastny, DC, MS, CCSP, reminds parents and coaches to follow a few simple steps to minimize and prevent the risk of youth sport injuries.

  • Ensure proper warm-up and instruction of exercises/drills
  • Be aware and cautious of overuse injuries
  • Encourage participation in multiple sports and activities so the body learns many planes of movement and becomes more adaptable

Dr. Stastny said some coaches lack a fundamental understanding of exercises and how to implement training methods, and unfortunately, they may mirror their personal past experiences and “old school” mentality, which might not fit the group of children they are training. She said it’s not uncommon to see previous collegiate or semi-pro athletes implement training strategies on youth athletes whose bodies are just not ready for it.

When it comes to youth sports, it’s also important to take the time to understand best practices and strategies, which include proper nutrition and hydration, getting plenty of rest and wearing proper gear. 

Chiropractic care is a valuable tool for treating injuries and keeping active youth in good shape, on and off the field. In general, adjustments help with keeping joints healthy. Additionally, movement and mobility screenings can provide a personalized assessment of an injury.

Dr. Stastny said being able to see deficiencies in movement can allow for some simple rehab exercises that can both enhance performance and prevent injury. For example, a chiropractor can make sure the foot is able to absorb forces properly, which can make a big difference in performance and training.  

Not all injuries and athletes should be treated the same. While the knowledge and the techniques used to treat the patient will be similar, how they are applied to each person should be customized to fit the individual. 


Congratulations to Dr. Stastny and Dr. Wells!

One of the significant achievements of a successful Logan Human Performance Center (HPC) resident is recognition as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP®).

Please join us in congratulating Cami Stastny, DC, for passing her CCSP® exam this past April, and Courtney Wells, DC, the senior HPC resident, who successfully passed her CCSP® in November 2017.

Congratulations!

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