For the past 10 years, the West Campus Sports Council has served as the primary sports care provider at the Sea Otter Classic, a four-day “celebration of cycling” that brings nearly 10,000 riders, including national, world and Olympic champions, to the former Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif., for what is now universally regarded as the world’s premier cycling festival.
During the decade that the West Sports Council has been associated with the Sea Otter, West Campus faculty member and Sports Council clinician Dr. Mehdi Moossavi, West ’92, has shown a uniquely impressive level of strength and endurance by providing and managing care every day for each of the 10 years that the Sports Council has been associated with the Sea Otter event – including the years when the Sea Otter was a five-day competition.
Dr. Moossavi was recently honored for his “decade of dedication” as a Sports Council clinician, and was presented with a special plaque in recognition of his “exemplary dedication to excellence” every day of the Sea Otter competition for the past 10 years. “I was honored to receive the award,” said Dr. Moossavi, a CCSP who has served as a Sports Council clinician at many other major events, including the National Senior Games. “The extent of the appreciation shown by the students; having both Dr. (Thomas) Souza and Dr. (Edward) Feinberg present the award; and receiving the award with faculty and staff also present at the assembly, was thrilling and astonishing.” Providing care at an event the size of the Sea Otter requires a team effort by the West Sports Council, which typically includes a group that averages a total of 50 clinicians, interns and lower-quarter students who are collectively involved in the delivery of care to the competitors (as well as many of the nearly 50,000 spectators who pass through the festival during the four days).
Although Dr. Moossavi may have graduated two years before the West Sports Council was established in 1994, he has enjoyed helping Council members develop strong sports-care skills. Plus, as a West alumnus, he also is proud to be associated with the preeminent student sports chiropractic program among all chiropractic colleges.
“I take enormous pride in serving as one of the most active clinician since the West Sports Council was formed in 1994,” said Dr. Moossavi, who also maintains a part-time practice in San Jose with his sister, Dr. Mahnaz Moossavi (West '93). “Although we had great enthusiasm and confidence in the beginning, I could not have imaged the Sports Council becoming the preeminent student sports chiropractic program among all chiropractic colleges. Credit goes to the students, but also to Dr. Feinberg and Dr. Souza, and to Dr. (Greg) Snow (dean of College Clinics) and the College administration.”
“Not many people know the degree of effort and concentration that is required at this event," said Dr. Ed Feinberg, West Campus professor, and Sports Council faculty adviser since its 1994 formation. "The day typically starts before 7 a.m. and often ends after 7 p.m. Frequently, several injuries must be managed simultaneously, and we have to be constantly prepared for the emergency presentation.
“Though several clinicians have worked at the Sea Otter over the years, Dr. Moossavi has worked every day of each year, which has provided an important continuity for the athletes, race organizers, and the Sports Council team.”
Photo: (from left) Dr. Edward Feinberg, Dr. Thomas Souza and Dr. Mehdi Moossavi.