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
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.
about Dr. Stastny’s experience and how she provided care for the top athletes
in United States.
Were you nervous or excited
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
What you did during the
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
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
What are you doing now?
I am an attending clinician at Texas
Chiropractic College in Pasadena, Texas.
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.