During 2017 Memorial weekend, Bastyr Sports Medicine Club provided complimentary naturopathic physical medicine to nearly 1000 athletes aged 11 – 18 at the Emerald City Volleyball Tournament. This was BSMC’s 8th appearance at ECC, the students there provided a variety of physical medicine modalities such as soft tissue massage, muscle energy stretching, Kinesio taping, and naturopathic manipulation, they also provided medical care and first aid.
The event was sponsored by Naturopathic Sports Medicine Associates and the Acupuncture Sports Medicine Associates. Supervising physicians include; medical director and lead supervising physician, Dr. Masahiro Takakura ND, DC, LAc and supervising physicians Dr. Calvin Kwan ND, Dr. Darci Davis ND, Dr. Tom Yang ND, LAc, and Dr. Grace Chang ND, LAc. Members of the BSMC provided hands on treatment to address range of motion conditions, abrasions, ankle sprains, knee pain/ injuries, hip pain, injuries to the fingers and wrist, ligament sprains, meniscal tears, athlete biomechanics, low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain/ injuries, and various forms of tendinitis. Teams of Naturopathic medical students and Doctors also evaluated and referred athletes for possible concussions and fractures.
Over a 2 month period, BSMC leadership team led, organized, prepped, and trained other students for the event. Nearly 20 members arrived to Dempsey Arena at the University of Washington over the weekend utilizing their physical medicine skills to provide care for the athletes competing in the event. Over the 40 hours of service, students worked through their intake
skills and physical assessments to rule out injuries in emergency cases. Prior to treating the patient with physical medicine modalities, the students practiced their intake skills; this included asking about the history of the injury, completing physical exams, orthopedic exams, neurological evaluation of concussion, triaging acute injuries, and working in a team to provide optimal care. The students also used different physical medicine modalities for treatment, these included: cold friction rub, ice therapy, soft tissue mobilization and myofascial release, muscle energy stretching, neuromuscular reeducation, naturopathic joint manipulation, craniosacral therapy, athletic taping, and Kinesio taping. Furthermore, naturopathic medical students practiced docere by educating the patient with appropriate follow up treatments and recommendations, such as at home exercises, stretching, and appropriate medical referrals. This opportunity offers students the ability to see a large number of patients over a short period of time, testing their medical decision-making skills and they are able to gain valuable feedback from the supervising doctors. BSMC would like to thank our supervising physicians and practitioners from NSMA and ASMA for taking the time out of their day to help medical students obtain more real world experience while gaining invaluable feedback. BSMC would also like to thank Jim Clavadetscher, ECC event organizer, for once again inviting us out and allowing us to practice our medicine. We look forward to re-joining the ECC team next year!