Logan Places Third at 2018 Chiro Games

December 18, 2018 -- In late October, nearly 600 chiropractic student athletes from around the country gathered in Cocoa Beach, Florida, to compete in the annual Chiro Games, ultimately vying for the coveted Chiro Cup.  Ninety students represented Logan by displaying exceptional teamwork and sportsmanship in bowling, men’s basketball, ultimate frisbee, men’s and women’s soccer, flag football, softball, volleyball, and men’s and women’s golf.

Tyler Gunderson, Trimester 1 student, has been an avid golfer since age four. Coming to Logan, he knew he wanted to participate in the Chiro Games but was disappointed to learn Logan’s golf team was inactive. After some discussion with Robert Powell, director of sports and activities, and with the help of his friends, who happened to be Division I golfers, Tyler hosted tryouts and got the team up and running again. 

The men’s golf team took home a gold medal, and Logan student Zach Cutler earned the title of top overall male golfer. The women’s golf team earned a silver medal, and Logan took third place overall in golf. “Everyone played very well. I am so proud of this team, and it was an honor to serve as the team captain,” Tyler said. “It’s also nice to have a foundation for the club going forward. I’m already looking forward to coming back as the defending champs at next year’s games.”

Sarah-Jane (SJ) Pavlik, Trimester 7 student, served as the beach volleyball team captain at this year’s Chiro Games, overseeing logistics such as tryouts, practices and jerseys. “As the team captain, I was also the encourager for my team,” SJ said. “I made sure I always had a positive attitude and tried to be the best teammate I could.” 

The team went undefeated on the first day, but SJ kept everyone’s spirits high when they were eliminated on the second day. They even went as a team to cheer on Logan’s soccer team, who was playing for third place, and learned the team’s goalie had injured her hand. 

“Two of my friends started yelling for me to get in the goal,” SJ explained. “I thought they were joking because I hadn’t played soccer since I was five years old.” But, being a good sport and positive teammate, she put on a jersey and got in the goal. The soccer team won the game and took home third place. “It was a crazy experience, to say the least. I had a ton of fun, but I don’t think soccer is in my cards any time in the future,” SJ joked. 

Similarly, Natalie Hydock, Trimester 7 student and member of the Ultimate Frisbee team, stepped in to play softball when the team unexpectedly needed another player. Natalie played competitive softball from third grade through her senior year of high school, always playing third base. In this game, however, she jumped in as catcher, helping the team win the game and ultimately take third place overall.  

“I loved playing softball when I was younger, so it was great to be able to again use a skill set that I spent so much time and effort developing,” Natalie said. 


2018 Chiro Games Results: Logan University

Overall: 3rd Place

Gold Medal: 

  • Men’s Golf

Silver Medal: 

  • Bowling
  • Flag Football
  • Women’s Golf

Bronze Medal:

  • Men’s Soccer
  • Women’s Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee


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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