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Sports Council teams up with San Jose State Rugby

West Campus Sports Council member Michael Hoiles adjusts a member of the San Jose State University rugby club during a recent game.
Michael Hoiles adjusting college rugby player on sideline

The West Campus Sports Council has ventured into a partnership with the San Jose State University (SJSU) Spartans rugby club, marking the first time in its 17-year history that the Council will provide continuous care for a team for a whole season.

“As opposed to our usual one-day events, we will now have the chance to work with the athletes for the entire season,” says past Sports Council president Adam Meisenhelder, who was instrumental in forging the relationship with the SJSU rugby club. “This represents a more ‘real-world’ patient management experience for our interns.”

The Sports Council will provide care for the Spartans at practices and homegames throughout the rugby season, which runs from January through April. The primary field clinicians are West Campus alumni Drs. Daniel Lord, ’08; Kily Tracy, ’93; and Jonathan Slater, ’97.

Dr. Slater sees real benefit in the Council’s extended commitment.

“When you see players at practice and games during the course of a season, you develop a rapport, establish a consistency in care, and monitor the progress, which enables you to better assess the outcomes.”

Phil “Rolo” Toste, former Spartan rugby player and SJSU rugby coach for 20 years, says, “We’ve never had anything like this before. It’s an enormous comfort to have skilled healthcare personnel available to assess our injured players, and, equally important, to provide preand post-game care that helps to reduce the risk of injury.”

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