On a beautiful weekend in August, a group of students from the Bastyr Sports Medicine Club gathered to practice their excellent skills and knowledge of physical medicine by treating the tired and accomplished bicyclists at the Gigantic Bicycle Festival in Snoqualmie, Washington.
The bikers started at Magnuson Park in Seattle and rode the 77-100 miles to Centennial Fields Park in Snoqualmie. When they arrived at the finish-line, the Bastyr Sports Medicine Club members were able to address the athlete’s concerns, ranging from neck pain, to sore leg muscles. They also provided First-Aid for the entire festival, addressing cuts from falls and other minor injuries. The Bastyr students were under the supervision of Dr. Masahiro Takakura, Dr. Calvin Kwan and Dr. Darci Davis of the Masa Integrative Clinic in Ballard. The students performed quick assessments of the injuries to rule out any emergency cases and to get to the cause of injury. Following the assessment, students used a variety of physical medicine modalities, such as soft tissue mobilization, cupping, Graston, muscle energy stretches, spinal and extremity manipulation, and kinesio taping. Bikers were recommended for appropriate follow-up treatment for home exercises, stretching and particular strategies to better improve the biomechanics of biking.
The Bastyr Sports Medicine Club were led by their captain, Leah Linder, co-captain Thien Nguyen, assistant captains: Jessica Norton, Jennalyn McBride, Julieann Murella, and Ashok Bhandari. Volunteer students, Eric Hughes and Mark Heisig, gave their time and support assisting in patient care. All of the students showed their commitment and professionalism, representing naturopathic medicine and Bastyr University. Our next endeavor is the Seattle Marathon on Thanksgiving day weekend. Please support us through participation, donations for medical supplies and our need for a medical tent. Thank you for sending us good Bastyr vibes. Our goal is to further train our students in physical medicine with a speciality in sports medicine. These volunteer events enrich the student’s clinical training. Help cheer us on!