Dr. Brett Winchester Authors Article for SportsMD.com

May 31, 2019 -- Brett Winchester, DC, instructor at Logan University and consultant for several Major League Baseball teams, authored in article on SportsMD.com on a current epidemic in baseball – Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) injuries – and the importance of biomechanics in baseball pitching.

Read his article on SportsMD.com

Logan’s Master’s in Sports Science and Rehabilitation Recognized as One of Best in USA

March 12, 2019 – Logan University’s Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation program was recognized by OnlineMasters.com as one of the best online master’s in sports medicine programs in the United States for 2019. Logan’s program was ranked No. 11 and was honored specifically as Best in Leadership Training.

OnlineMasters.com analyzed every online Master’s in Sports Medicine program in the nation, considering each program’s academic quality, student success and affordability. It conducted more than 33 hours of research and consulted 13 industry experts, hiring managers, current students and alumni to identify the 17 best programs.

Interested in Logan's Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation degree program or a career in health sciences? Complete an online inquiry form, and an Admissions Coordinator will be in touch with you. 


Devon Ackroyd, DC, CSCS

November 5, 2018 -- Devon Ackroyd, DC, CSCS is an advanced practice clinician at Paraquad, a nonprofit that empowers people with disabilities in the St. Louis area. As an athlete, particularly as a Division I collegiate swimmer, Dr. Ackroyd witnessed firsthand how sports medicine and chiropractic could make a difference in an athlete’s overall performance and health. That realization inspired him to seek a career in chiropractic.

Originally from Toronto, Dr. Ackroyd came to the United States on a swimming scholarship to Syracuse University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in biology and met his future wife, who was also a swimmer at the university. After graduating, he moved back to Canada to attend the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, from which he graduated in 2010.

“As an athlete, I understood the value of chiropractic, and I decided it would be a great career fit for me,” he said. He spent the next eight years in private practice in Toronto, working at a sports medicine clinic.

“I enjoyed working in an interdisciplinary environment with physical therapists, chiropractors, surgeons and physiotherapists,” said Dr. Ackroyd. “I learned a lot from the various practices and from the collaborative environment.”

In 2017, Dr. Ackroyd and his wife, a St. Louis native, decided to relocate to St. Louis so their two children could be closer to family. Dr. Ackroyd planned to go into private practice but received an unexpected job offer he could not turn down.

“When I heard about this position at Paraquad, I was intrigued. It was so different and challenging, and I could not pass up the opportunity to bring my experience to this facility,” he said. As the advanced practice clinician at Paraquad, Dr. Ackroyd works with patients to meet their individual goals. “Each patient has a unique set of goals – whether it be to walk with a cane or restore hand movements,” said Dr. Ackroyd. “Creating a strategy tailored to their needs to help them achieve more independence keeps me focused every day.”

His personal philosophy of utilizing evidence-based treatment approaches aligns with Paraquad’s mission of empowering people with disabilities to increase their independence through choice and opportunity. Dr. Ackroyd’s previous experience of working with Paralympic athletes in swimming and wheelchair basketball gave him a glimpse into what this work at Paraquad would entail.

In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Ackroyd is also enrolled in Logan’s online Sports Science and Rehabilitation master’s program and is teaching a physical rehabilitation class at Logan. Through each of these roles, he looks forward to helping improve the lives of others.

“Working with patients with disabilities and mentoring interns and residents is incredibly rewarding,” Dr. Ackroyd said.

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.”

New Program Directors Set Sights on Elevating Health Sciences Degrees

September 5, 2018 -- Logan University's College of Health Sciences recently hired new directors for two of its online master’s degree programs: Stephen Nickell, EdD, MA, ATC, program director of Master of Science in Sports and Rehabilitation, and Theresa DeLorenzo, DCN, RD, program director of Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance. 

Tell us about yourself and your professional experience.

Dr. Stephen Nickell: I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Ohio University in 1999, then earned my master’s degree from Rider University in New Jersey in 2001. I completed my doctorate at the University of Missouri in July 2017. For the past six years, I have been the athletic training program director at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. Prior to that, I was the program director of athletic training and sports science for Urbana University in Urbana, Ohio, and before that I was a clinical athletic trainer for a school district in Ohio.

Dr. Theresa DeLorenzo: I have taught in higher education for five years. Most recently, I taught in the undergraduate and graduate dietetics programs at State University of New York Oneonta. While there, I was also the director of the master’s program in dietetics as well as the dietetics internship. Prior to that, I was a clinical dietician in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Albany Medical Center―the first dietician involved in the unit.

Tell us about your role as program director.

SN: I oversee the curriculum for the sports and rehab program, which means designing it, maintaining course descriptions and syllabi, and hiring and evaluating the professors who teach those courses. I collect and analyze data and outcomes from students on whether they met the program’s goals and success metrics. I also develop new courses and new curriculum related to the program, and I can potentially oversee the creation of a new program.

TD: I oversee all three of the nutrition concentrations within the degree program. I work closely with the faculty to make sure the courses are streamlined so that they’re easy to navigate and are up to date to ensure students receive the best education possible. I also help students figure out next steps for their career based on their interests and the knowledge they’ve gained at Logan. Additionally, I develop new courses, train new faculty and recruit new students, and I’m currently working on a new track to add to the program.

What are your goals for this role and this program?

SN: I’d like to see the introduction of an in-person, on-campus undergraduate program related to the master’s in sports and rehab program. I would also like to expand the current program and curriculum, and get more students aware of and enrolled in the program.  

I have a deep interest in interprofessional medical care, so I am excited to work with the College of Chiropractic and other programs within the College of Health Sciences to incorporate more interprofessional education and work opportunities for our students. Doing so would continue to help the University set itself apart.

TD: My goals are to continue to grow the program, to maintain quality courses and offer more tracks that appeal to students. We are continuously striving to elevate the courses and elevate the knowledge students gain through the program so that they are well prepared to work as leaders in the field of nutrition. 

  

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