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From the Past to the Present–Palmer Women Continue to Inspire

From the Past to the Present–Palmer Women Continue to Inspire

Winter 2016

alumni news

Palmer alumni provide care at Rio Paralympics

From left, Josue Maysonet, D.C., CCSP®, Florida ’12, Troy Holder, D.C., DACBSP®, West ’10 and Jason Kim, D.C., West ’13, provided care at the 15th Summer Paralympic Games.
Drs. Maysonet, Holder, and Kim stand together in front of Rio2016 Polyclinic sign

Additionally, Joel Dekanich, D.C., Davenport ’94, Vail, Colo., served as sports chiropractor on the U.S. track and field sports medicine team for the Rio Paralympics.

More than 4,000 athletes from 163 countries competed in 22 sports during the 11-day competition, governed by the International Paralympic Committee. More than 2 million tickets were sold—surpassing Beijing 2008 as the secondmost- attended Paralympic Games.

The U.S. Paralympic athletes won 115 medals, the most won by the team since the 1996 Games in Atlanta. Track and field athlete Tatyana Mc- Fadden was one of the most decorated athletes, winning four gold medals and two silver medals. Working with McFadden and other athletes was a highlight of Dr. Dekanich’s experience. Paralympic athletes compete in every event the able-bodied athletes compete in at the Olympics, and in the same venues. “There’s able-bodied athletes and there’s Paralympic athletes, and there’s no difference,” Dr. Dekanich says. “I’m humbled and honored to help these athletes.”

The Paralympics polyclinic (staffed by chiropractors and physiotherapists as well as osteopathic and medical doctors) was accessible to all athletes and coaches; however, some of the larger teams, including the U.S. and Netherlands, brought their own staff of sports-care specialists.

“Being in a true multidisciplinary setting was great, and everyone worked well together” says Dr. Kim, whose clinic is Active Sports & Spine in Bellevue, Wash. “It’s hard to describe, but I felt very humbled by the experience of getting to work with athletes of their caliber, and to have them show so much appreciation for the services you can provide for them in the biggest moment of their lives was an incredible honor,” he adds.

Dr. Maysonet, who maintains his practice at Kerinver Chiropractic Health in Kissimmee, Fla., felt a sense of Palmer pride at teaming up with fellow alumni. “I’m extremely thankful to Palmer College of Chiropractic for putting me in a position to serve athletes at this level,” says Dr. Maysonet. “It was exciting to see the degree of chiropractic acceptance at the world’s biggest sporting stage, and having the ability to immediately impact an athlete’s performance— regardless of where he or she is from, or what language they speak—is an awesome feeling!”

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