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‘Classic’ experience for West Campus Sports Council

Far left, West Campus Professor and Sports Council Clinician Dr. Mehdi Moossavi, performs athletic taping. In back, Sports Council intern Dakota Montgomery, left, conducts a preliminary report of findings on another patient during the Sea Otter Classic.
Dr. Mehdi Moossavi taping student

The West Campus Sports Council served as the primary sports healthcare provider at the 2009 Sea Otter Classic, April 16-19, a four-day “celebration of sport.” It has grown to become the world’s largest cycling festival, drawing nearly 10,000 professional and amateur athletes and more than 50,000 fans to courses within and around Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif.

More than 75 Sports Council members played a part in the delivery of care to athletes who competed in road, slalom, downhill and other cycling events, under the leadership of Sports Council President Michael Lord. Overseeing the Sports Council is faculty adviser Ed Feinberg, D.C., West ’83, who has been in this role since the program’s inception in 1994.

“The Sea Otter Classic is my favorite Sports Council event for a variety of reasons,” said Dr. Feinberg. “Our students get to evaluate and treat a wide variety of injuries. Lower-quarter students are paired with more experienced interns, so everyone gets a learning opportunity.”

In addition to Dr. Feinberg, Richard Robinson, D.C., West ’96, and Mehdi Moossavi, D.C., West ’92, supervised intern care as Sports Council clinicians. Dr. Robinson has been a chiropractor for Canadian Olympic teams and will provide care at the 2010 Vancouver Games. In the six years the Council has provided care at the Classic, Dr. Moossavi has worked all 24 days of the event.

“Palmer has become part of the Sea Otter tradition,” said Jeannie Pruitt-Retamoso, Sea Otter director of festival and media/marketing operations. “Our administrative team, and especially our athletes, greatly appreciate everything that the Palmer team of students and doctors brings to the Sea Otter experience, not only for the scope of services they provide, from the chiropractic care to ‘first responder’ duties, but for the professionalism and dedication they demonstrate from start to finish.”

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