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Providing care at Central American and Caribbean Games

Drs. Jorn Jensen (left) and Saul Luengas at the Central American and Caribbean Games.
Drs. Jensen and Luengas standing inside indoor cycling track

Palmer’s San Jose campus was well-represented among the group of chiropractors who provided care for athletes at the 22nd Central American and Caribbean Games, a multi-sport regional championship event held Nov. 14-30, 2014, in Veracruz and Xalapa, Mexico.

The Games are held every four years, and the 2014 event featured more than 5,000 athletes from 31 countries competing in nearly 50 sporting events— the largest number of participants since the Games’ debut in 1926. Athletes competed in sports ranging from swimming, gymnastics and cycling, to tabletennis, handball and wrestling, among others.

Saul Luengas, D.C., ICSSP, a 1994 graduate of Palmer’s San Jose campus who maintains his primary practice in Querétaro, Mexico, served as chief of chiropractic services, similar to the role he held for the Pan American Games in 2011.

In selecting his team for the Central American and Caribbean Games, Dr. Luengas recruited several of the doctors who assisted him at the Pan Am games, and also reached out to various graduates of Palmer’s San Jose campus, which is well known for its leadership in the field of sports chiropractic.

Other Palmer San Jose members of the chiropractic team included Jesus Cazares, D.C., CCSP® (’13); Amanda Gammage, D.C. (’95); Nichelle Gurule, D.C. (’13); Frances Rabner Halberg, D.C., CCSP® (’94); Jorn Jensen, D.C. (’94); and Gabriel Quintero, D.C. (’95).

According to Dr. Luengas, the chiropractic team, which included a total of nearly two dozen doctors, provided care for more than 1,500 athletes during the two weeks of the 2014 Games.

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