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Palmer student competes in World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation World Championships Oct. 27-28

10/23/2012 (Archived)

Palmer College of Chiropractic student David Adamson has been competing at the highest level of powerlifting for the past 28 years. Having endured injuries and setbacks over the course of his powerlifting career, he credits chiropractic care and living a healthy lifestyle with his current success. 

Adamson is the U.S. National Powerlifting Champion for the American Drug Free Powerlifting Federation. He competed in the World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation World Championships, which was held in the Boston suburb of Rockland, Mass., October 27-28. More than 20 countries were represented with 80 lifters in a dozen divisions.

"This was my first time at Worlds, and I won my division on my first attempt," said David. "I placed 8th overall."

David was inspired by a 73-year-old man who lifted 530 pounds on a deadlift (defined as when the "weight is lifted from the floor to the level of the hips and then lowered by controlled effort to the floor").

“I had about an eight-year stretch where I could not compete because of four knee surgeries,” he says. “Through chiropractic care and great nutrition I was able to recover, gain strength and return to the sport I love.”

Adamson earned a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine and physical education from Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash., and worked in the field before enrolling at Palmer College. He expects to graduate from Palmer with a Bachelor of Science degree in general science and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree in February 2014. His 28-year powerlifting career began in 1986 when he became the Junior Washington State and National Champion. He earned several USA Powerlifting Washington State Championships over the years, culminating in becoming the American Drug Free Powerlifting Federation National Champion in 2012.