Elite experience for chiro students

October 7, 2013

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A group of five Murdoch University students worked alongside the world’s best sports chiropractors at the recent World Games in Cali, Colombia.

Back row (L-R): Anders Liveroed, Rune Finne, Dr Deb Nook, Martin Isaksson. Front row (L-R): Inga Gossow, Laura Maurice

Led by Adjunct Associate Professor Brian Nook, the students assisted the treating chiropractors with clerical tasks and collected research data for an injury surveillance study.

“During the 10 days of competition, the students worked from six in the morning until midnight or later,” said Associate Professor Nook.

“The feedback about the students from the treating chiropractors, who are among the best in their field, was extremely positive.”

Like the Olympic Games, the World Games is a multi-sport event held every four years. It features sports not contested in the Olympic Games, including artistic roller skating, squash, karate, powerlifting and lifesaving.

The International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS) is contracted by the World Games organisers to treat the competitors, with Associate Professor Brian Nook overseeing the rigorous selection process for the treating chiropractors.

Rune Finne, a fourth year chiropractic student, said he was thrilled to see elite athletes reaping the results of successful treatments.

“One of the FICS chiropractors treated a Swedish archer before her semi-final. Later, she came back to say that, thanks to us, she made the finals,” he said.

“She ended up winning and went back to Sweden with a gold medal.”

Fifth-year student Martin Isaksson, who is only weeks away from completing his qualification, said the trip made him even more passionate about his chosen profession.

“For me, it was all about learning the small things that make a huge difference for a patient, such as different adjustment techniques, different types of soft tissue manipulation and a few valuable tips,” he said.

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