Students in sports medicine and DC program volunteer to treat athletes at international sporting event
PORTLAND, Ore., April 2, 2013 – Seven students from the University of Western States (UWS), a leader in the education of health care professionals, have volunteered to treat athletes at the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel. The students, who are enrolled in the UWS exercise and sports science masters and doctor of chiropractic programs, will provide treatment at various athletic events to competing teams and individuals who do not have their own medical support personnel.
The Maccabiah Games, the third largest international athletic competition, is an Olympic-style sporting event for Jewish athletes that occurs every four years. The two-week event, beginning on July 17, is expected to attract 8,500 world class athletes from 60 countries.
“What an incredible opportunity for our students to treat elite athletes and work alongside doctors from all over the world,” said Sara Mathov, D.C.,DACBR, ATC and an exercise and sports science instructor who will accompany the students. “Not only will the students be able to practice what they’ve learned in the classroom, but they’ll be able to interact with health care professionals and athletes in a different environment than they are used to. It’s a privilege to be asked to help, and an experience that can’t be replicated in the classroom.”
Students volunteering for the Maccabiah Games are enrolled in the doctor of chiropractic program, and are concurrently earning a master’s degree in exercise and sports science. The dual degree program teaches students to hone their skills in several key areas including performance enhancement, injury and diagnostic management, and nutritional support.
Volunteers Need Your Financial Support
Students are sponsoring several fundraising events to help offset some of the costs including a 5K run and one-mile run on Saturday, April 27, at David Douglas High School. For questions and sign up information, contact Dr. Mathov at [email protected]. In addition, donations can be made directly at www.gofundme.com/1vv1ho or by check (made out to University of Western States) and sent to Dr. Mathov in care of the university’s address: Attn: Dr. Sara Mathov, University of Western States, 2900 NE 132 Ave., Portland, OR 97230.
“For me personally, it’s an opportunity to expose students to an event, a culture, and an experience that will enhance their practice as future health care providers and enrich their personal lives,” added Dr. Mathov.
About the University of Western States
A world leader in the education of health care professionals, the University of Western States (UWS) provides a science-driven curriculum that delivers a solid foundation and competitive edge in preparing students for clinical practice. UWS is a regionally accredited, non-profit institution dedicated to improving the health of society through its education programs, research and clinical services. Founded in 1904, the university offers a doctor of chiropractic degree program; master of science degree programs in exercise and sports science, and human nutrition and functional medicine; and accredited continuing education programs for licensed health care professionals. UWS is a founding member of the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine, an organization that aims to advance integrative health care through education, research, patient care and advocacy.