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West alum team chiropractor for USA Volleyball

Dustin Glass, D.C. (West ’03), maintains a practice at Competitive Edge Chiropractic in his southern California hometown of Lake Forrest, where for the past two years he has also served as team chiropractor for USA Volleyball, including the women’s squad that earned a silver medal at this year’s Summer Olympics in London.

His interest in sports chiropractic began as a West Campus student, when he volunteered as an intern for the San Jose Sabercats of the Arena Football League (AFL). He spent many long, lonely and notso- glamorous evenings picking up sweaty towels, cleaning up blood-soaked gauze, folding laundry and mixing the occasional tub of Gatorade.

However, Dr. Glass acknowledges the hours of “grunt work” provided an invaluable learning experience, which served as an integral step in achieving his goal of working with an Olympic team. Following graduation, he returned to establish his practice in southern California. Within a few months, he earned his first major sports team appointment as chiropractor for the AFL Los Angeles Avengers—thanks in large part to a recommendation from the Sabercats’ trainer.

Dr. Glass (third from left) with the USA Volleyball women’s squad that won a silver medal at this year’s London Olympics.
Dr. Glass standing with the USA women

Dr. Glass’ work with the Avengers caught the attention of the sports care staff for the pro hockey Anaheim Ducks, who named him as their chiropractic consultant. This prompted Dr. Glass to open an additional office in Orange County to provide more convenient accessibility for the players. His association with the Avengers and the Ducks, coupled with the conveniently located Orange County-based office, proved helpful in garnering his appointment to provide care for the men’s and women’s national volleyball teams, as the USA Volleyball organization also is based in Anaheim.

“I am fortunate to be a part of USA Volleyball,” says Dr. Glass. “I am proud to help the players perform their best on the court, and I am proud of what both teams have achieved.” In the weeks leading up to the London games, he treated players in his office and at practice. Dr. Glass says the most frequent musculoskeletal injuries he sees among volleyball players of all levels—especially younger players—are lower-back facet issues, which have to be monitored for pars defects or spondy issues. Other common volleyball-related conditions include knee and shoulder repetitive sprain/strain issues.

“I’m thankful for the education that I received at Palmer for helping me achieve my lifelong goal,” he says. “And as a Palmer graduate, I’m proud to see so many other West alumni achieving similar appointments and achieving their goals in the field of sports chiropractic.”

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