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West Campus Sports Council Keeps Riders Rolling at 2011 Sea Otter Classic

5/3/2011 (Archived)

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From jump-starting the athletes to help reach the finish line through chiropractic healthcare services to jump-starting the battery of a stalled paramedics truck, the West Campus Sports Council kept things rolling once again at the 2011 Sea Otter Classic, held April 14-17 on the grounds of the historic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.

ca - sea otter classic 2011This marked the ninth year in a row that the West Campus Sports Council has served as the primary sport care provider for the “celebration of cycling” that brings nearly 10,000 riders and approximately 50,000 spectators to the largest event of its type in the western United States, which also marks the annual start of the U.S. cycling season.

The West Campus Sports Council has served as the primary sports care provider at every Sea Otter event since 2003. In addition to providing pre- and post-race care for the riders at tents posted at two locations on the expansive Raceway grounds, the Sports Council team also has “first responder” duties at courses for the various events, which range from traditional European-style road racing to contemporary events, including downhill, dual slalom, mountain cross and jumps.

All of which keeps the Council quite busy. Due to the expansive size of the Sea Otter event (which utilizes not only the main track, but most of the 500 acres of the collective Laguna Seca property), the Council maintains two locations, and provided care for approximately 200 people during the four days. More than 50 students filled the roles of intern, observer and tent managers.

“This was another fabulous Sea Otter experience. Each year our students improve on the process, and this year was no exception,” said Ed Feinberg, D.C., West Campus professor and Sports Council faculty adviser. “I was particularly impressed with the diligence and compassion demonstrated by our students. They worked very hard and demonstrated the qualities that create wonderful, successful sports chiropractors.”

“The Sea Otter is our most exciting event of the year, because we see so many different conditions during the four days of the races, which enables us to apply our skills and knowledge in a challenging and fast-paced setting,” said Ben Stevens, West Campus Sports Council president. “I’m proud of the effort by the collective Council members who participated, for continuing the Sports Council tradition of delivering quality, caring services to each person who visited our tent for care. I also want to acknowledge Mike Caione, in particular, for a great job as event coordinator for what is annually our biggest and busiest event of the year, which requires a lot of planning and preparation.”

Event clinicians included West Campus faculty members Dr. Feinberg; Mehdi Moossavi, D.C. (who has attended every Sea Otter at which the Council has provided care); Jonathan Slater, D.C., West ’97; Karen Roitz, D.C., West ’96; and Hal Rosenberg, D.C., West ’01.

For the third year in a row, Michael Lord, D.C., West ’10, served as the Sea Otter’s medical coordinator, overseeing the various agencies that are involved with providing medical and emergency services, including the Sports Council, EMTs, the Monterey County Rural Fire Department, the local ski patrol and others.

“The Sports Council has become a staple of the Sea Otter Classic, and, as always, they did another great job at this year’s event,” said Dr. Lord, a past Sports Council president who practices with Dr. Rosenberg and two other West Campus alumni (Dr. Taylor Rabbetz and Dr. Daniel Lord) at Chiro-Medical Group in San Francisco. “We have people who return every year to get treated. I think that it speaks to the high level of care that the Sports Council provides.”

In addition to providing traditional chiropractic care, along with various soft-tissue therapies, the Sports Council tents also saw a steady flow of patients coming in for care related to concussions, fractures, shoulder separations, dehydration and various other race-related conditions.

ca - sea otter classic 2011 2“The best part of organizing the medical for the sea otter classic is that everyone works so well together,” said Dr. Lord, who succeeded Dr. Goldi Jacques Maynes, ’07 West alumna, who also served as Sports Council president, as Sea Otter medical coordinator in 2008. “The coordination is seamless between the various groups when responding to an injured athlete. Each group knows their role and is really focused on getting the patient the care they need."

“The Sea Otter is such a great event because our students are exposed to so many different clinical situations, and they also learn what it’s like to work as part of a multidisciplinary team,” said Dr. Feinberg. “As one of their instructors at the College, and as the faculty adviser to the Council, I’m always filled with a great sense of pride as I observe the students demonstrate their skills with great clinical competency. We can all take great pride in the manner in which the Council represents Palmer and the chiropractic profession.”