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.  


Treating the Elite: Logan Alum Prepares Athletes for Olympic Games

September 5, 2019 -- For Jonathan Wilhelm, DC ’04, MS ‘12, CCSP, CSCS, CCEP, ICSC, working with athletes is the perfect expression of being a sports chiropractor – he gets to apply his work to the “finest human machines” and receive immediate feedback from the most finely tuned and specialized athletic individuals on the planet. Furthermore, sports chiropractic has given him experiences he will never forget and friendships that will last a lifetime.

This summer, Dr. Wilhelm’s profession took him around the world where he, along with a team of healthcare professionals, served the most elite athletes.

In Tortosa, Spain, Dr. Wilhelm was one of 22 chiropractors from around the world who were chosen by the International Federation of Sports Chiropractors (FICS) to work at the CSIT World Sports Games – an international sporting event that occurs every two years and includes up to 8,000 participants across various competitive sports.

Similarly, he was one of three sports chiropractors who received a special invite to travel to the USA Track and Field National Championships held in July in Des Moines, Iowa. He, along with other local sports chiropractors and massage therapists, provided recovery and performance care to approximately 500 competing athletes.  These were the top professional, collegiate and amateur track and field athletes in the United States, competing for their spot on the US National Team.

At the USA Gymnastics National Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, Dr. Wilhelm led the Athlete Recovery Center, where physical therapists, certified athletic trainers, medical doctors and himself provided recovery and performance therapy to all of the athletes. “While I was the only sports chiropractor to work this event, that’s something I hope to change in the future by providing skilled, professional work and in turn educating the other members of the medical team on the qualifications and quality of service provided by sports chiropractors,” he said.

With the Summer Olympic Games coming up in Tokyo in 2020, Dr. Wilhelm said national championships prior to an Olympic year are quite important, as the top athletes in America gather to compete for spots on the national team, which can have big implications on who is chosen for the Olympic team. This, he said, makes his role in providing care even more critical. 

“It is both a great honor, and so much fun,” Dr. Wilhelm said of his experience working with elite athletes in these settings. “The honor comes in helping athletes who have dedicated their lives to competing for our country under the stars and stripes. In a small way, this is how I get to represent my country, behind the scenes, helping these athletes achieve.

“The fun comes in two ways: Working together with, and learning from, the other members of the medical team, and in building rapport and trust with athletes throughout the competition as they return for treatment and advice, eventually seeing the results of your combined work in their competitive results.”

Dr. Wilhelm is the owner of Pro Chiropractic, which has locations in Bozeman and Belgrade, Montana. Pro Chiropractic specializes in sports medicine, spinal injury and family care. He was also named the 2018 Sports Chiropractor of the Year by the American Chiropractic Association Sports Council. 


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. 

    

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 Alumnus Scores Position with FC Dallas

January 10, 2019 -- When Jacob Stutz, DC (2015) moved to Frisco, Texas, the first thing he did was drive to Toyota Stadium, home of Major League Soccer team FC Dallas.

“I sat in the parking lot, thinking about the chance to be just a small part of professional soccer,” he said. “Three months after walking across the stage at Logan, I had no idea this would happen to someone like me.”

Dr. Stutz is now wrapping up his third season as team chiropractor for FC Dallas. He said the opportunity to work with the team had nothing to do with connections―rather it was the result of hard work, determination and the courage to ask.

 

“I walked in and asked if I could offer the team my services,” he said. “After a long conversation with an athletic trainer―where I had an impromptu patient treatment―they plugged me into the rotation where I treated athletes several days a week. Following a short trial period, the position was made official.”

 

Today, Dr. Stutz divides his time between practicing at Frisco Family & Sport, where he cares for athletes of all abilities, and FC Dallas, where he treats athletes before, during and after games and practices. He also is on call for any immediate needs and often treats athletes for visiting teams.

 

Dr. Stutz credits his Logan education and years of playing soccer for helping build trust and credibility with his patients. “I understand how they feel after an injury or practice, so there’s a higher level of compassion as well as reporting and compliance from the athletes,” he said.

 

Because many of the international athletes speak little or no English or have never been exposed to chiropractic, Dr. Stutz often uses his Spanish to educate and explain how chiropractic can help. He enjoys this educational aspect of his job just as much as treating patients. “I get to plant the seed and spread awareness of the profession through education and care,” he said.

 

For someone who grew up playing soccer and is still passionate about the sport, Dr. Stutz said he’s living a dream. “It just shows that the answer is always ‘no’ until you ask.”



Dr. Jonathan Wilhelm Named Sports Chiropractor of the Year

January 4, 2019 -- Congratulations to Jonathan Wilhelm, DC, MS, CCSP, CCEP, CSCS, ICSSD (2004) who was honored as the 2018 Sports Chiropractor of the Year by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) Sports Council. Dr. Wilhelm, owner of Pro Chiropractic in Bozeman, Montana, was honored during the annual symposium of the ACA Sports Council.

“I am so surprised and grateful to have been recognized by my peers in this way,” said Dr. Wilhelm in a press release from Pro Chiropractic. “I love helping athletes achieve, and to be recognized for doing something I so genuinely enjoy is really something special. This award tells me is that I have represented sports chiropractic well and I hope to empower others to do so moving forward.”

Dr. Wilhelm has worked with competitive Olympic, college, and professional athletes as well as local high school and youth athletes experiencing sports-related pain or lack of performance. During his career, Dr. Wilhelm has served USA Bobsled Skeleton and USA Gymnastics as the Traveling and Event Team Sports Chiropractor.  In February 2018, he became one of a select few sports chiropractors to serve the U.S. Olympic Team in Pyeongchang, South Korea, at the XXIII Winter Olympic Games.


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