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West Campus Alumni Provide Care at World Cup Skiing Event in Canada

2/11/2011 (Archived)

ca - neff robinson skiers 2011West alumni Dr. Richard Robinson (’96) and Dr. Garrett Neff (’10) provided care to the Canadian team that competed in the 2011 World Cup Freestyle competition at WinSport Canada’s Canada Olympic Park, Jan. 27-29, in Calgary, Alb., Canada.

Dr. Robinson, clinic director at Calgary Sports Therapy, has served as “Chiropractor/Core Medical Team Member” for the Canadian National Freestyle Ski Team since 2000.

“We have approximately 50 skiers on the Canadian World Cup and “development” teams who compete in the aerial and mogul events, and virtually every member utilizes chiropractic care during the course of the season,” said Dr. Robinson, who also served in a similar “chiropractor/core medical team member” role at the longtrack speed skating World Championships at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, Feb. 12-13.

“The very nature of the freestyle events, where athletes subject their bodies to rapid-fire twist and torque, lends itself to chiropractic care -- which explains why I’m always one of the busiest members of the core medical team.”

Dr. Neff, now a fulltime member of the Calgary Sports Therapy team, assisted Dr. Robinson with care for the Canadian freestyle team at the World Cup freestyle event for the second year in a row.

"It was such an incredible experience and exciting opportunity for me to work with national and Olympic-level athletes, just one month after graduation,” said Dr. Neff, a member of the Fall ’10 class.

“My care involved taping before training or competition, and treating the athletes in the evening. I worked closely with such athletes as Jenn Heil (moguls silver medalist at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C., and recent gold medalist at World Championships in Deer Valley, Utah), and Warren Shouldice (aerials gold medalist at the January World Cup in Calgary, and recent gold medalist and World Record Holder at World Championships in Deer Valley, Utah)”.

Dr. Neff was an active Sports Council member throughout his West Campus experience, including serving as an executive officer. He considers it an honor to now work with Dr. Robinson, who was instrumental in establishing the Sports Council in 1994.

“It's hard to imagine that only three years ago I was merely dreaming of such an opportunity, and even today it's pretty surreal. I can honestly say I owe everything to our Sports Council, and Dr. Robinson, for turning so many dreams like mine into such realities. The education and experience I gained by being a part of the West Campus Sports Council is simply untouchable!"

“I continue to be impressed by the sports chiropractic program at the West Campus, and as the program continues to evolve and expand, so does the quality of graduate, Dr. Neff being another example, which bodes well for the future of the profession, and the continued advance of sports chiropractic,” said Dr. Robinson, three-time member of the Canadian Olympic core medical team, who helped establish the West Campus Sports Council, and has returned annually to help teach part of the Sports Chiropractic elective, as well as serve as field clinician at various Sports Council events.

“I’m fortunate to have achieved many of my career goals. As I move forward in my career, I want to ‘pass the torch’ on to qualified sports chiropractors, such as Garrett, and similar skilled Sports Council graduates from Palmer West, whom I’m confident will continue to ‘raise the bar,’ and advance sports chiropractic’s place on the sports stage around the world.”