More than a dozen members of the West Campus Sports Council ventured to Indianapolis, Ind., to attend the seventh annual Professional Football Chiropractic Society (PFCS) seminar, Feb. 22-23, which brought together chiropractors from every National Football League team, including Dr. Kyle Prusso, team D.C. for the Oakland Raiders, who also is a West Campus clinician – and the new PFCS president.
Established in 2001, PFCS membership includes the chiropractor from each of the NFL’s 32 teams. And due to the players’ growing demand for quick and convenient accessibility for chiropractic services, the sports care staffs of some NFL teams now include two D.C.s.
Appointed as the Raiders’ team chiropractor in 2005, Dr. Prusso joined the PFCS the following year. In 2009, Dr. Prusso was elected PFCS vice president; his primary duties included management of social media campaigns, seminar planning, and oversight of PFCS web site development (www.profootballchiros.com/).
At this year’s seminar, Dr. Prusso was elected to a two-year term as PFCS president. In this role, Dr. Prusso is responsible for the growth of the PFCS organization, interdisciplinary relationships (with ATC's and Team Physicians), and continued growth of the PFCS’s annual educational symposium.
“The Professional Football Chiropractic Society is dedicated to the advancement of chiropractic, and I’m proud and honored to serve as PFCS president,” said Dr. Prusso, appointed to the team of West clinicians in 2012.
“The PFCS is another example of just how far the profession has come, and another example that shows chiropractic gets results. Not that long ago, if an NFL player wanted to see a chiropractor, he had to keep it on the ‘down low’, so to speak. The fact that we now have a chiropractor serving each team is really a result of the players' demand for our services. The players want it, and they want it integrated.”
While the PFCS seminar is intended primarily to provide an opportunity for the collective team of NFL chiropractors to meet for didactic discussion and practical hands-on workshops, the PFCS has also welcomed participation by students -- and, once again, West Sports Council members took advantage of this unique learning and networking opportunity.
“We, as students, could not be more proud of Dr. Prusso’s role with the PFCS, and we’re grateful for his dedication to the interns and patients in the clinic, and to all of the students involved in the Sports Council,” said Kaitlin Overman, Sports Council executive officer, who was among the West student attendees at this year’s PFCS seminar.
While working with professional athletes has been a great source of professional pride and satisfaction, Dr. Prusso says he derives equal pleasure caring for the recreational athletes and “weekend warriors” who seek relief from their sports-related injuries at the Palmer Chiropractic Clinic.
“I am so impressed with the quality of our interns,” said Dr. Prusso, the featured guest speaker at the Winter Quarter ’13 “Welcome Back” assembly. “I enjoy interacting with them, watching their skills improve as they progress through clinic, and the talks we have about their plans after graduation.”
Dr. Prusso is “incredibly grateful” for the opportunity to work with the Raiders. He encourages the West students to be equally diligent in pursuing their career goals.
“I impress upon the students that while not everyone will be lucky in the same respect as me, their luck may come in another way,” said Dr. Prusso, an avid cyclist who plans to celebrate his 40th birthday in April by cycling the 175 miles from his home in Livermore to Yosemite National Park.
“It’s important to cultivate relationships, professionally and personally, that will help lead you to your goal. You never know who you might meet along the way, so be prepared!
Dr. Prusso will be the featured guest speaker at a special program hosted by the West Campus Sports Council on Monday, April 8, 6-7 p.m. in the Cafeteria.
Photo: West Campus clinician (and Oakland Raiders’ team chiropractor) Dr. Kyle Prusso (middle of the back row) with the West Sports Council delegation at the 2013 Professional Football Chiropractic Society (PFCS) seminar, Feb. 22-23, in Indianapolis. A member of the PFCS since 2006 who served as vice president for the past two years, Dr. Prusso was selected PFCS president at this year’s program.