Human Performance Center
The NWHSU Human Performance Center (HPC) is located on the main campus in Bloomington and offers the University and community multiple services for athletes, sports organizations and special populations.
What we do
- Support of two high school athletic departments.
- Official sports chiropractic providers in the Augsburg Athletics Department -- and we are talking with other local universities as well for a similar service.
- Support of two professional athletic teams, the Minnesota Vixen and the Minnesota Freeze.
- We support the British Virgin Islands Olympic Committee.
- We support the three Sports Care electives taught in the DCP.
- The HPC continues to assist our student growth by teaching the Clinical Internship I class, offering two open labs weekly and a weekly sports and performance grand rounds.
- We assist with faculty support of the Vet Center and Club members, The Sports Council, SEARCH, and The Strength and Conditioning Club.
- We provide other learning opportunities for our students by offering baseline concussion exams and sports physicals to local youth athletic teams/high schools.
- The HPC co-hosts with the Minnesota Chiropractic Association a 3rd Thursday Sports and Performance Grand Rounds. ANYONE can attend; the next seminar is 19 January, 2017, room L2 at 7 a.m. We are now streaming LIVE on Facebook and offering 1 CEU. Join the Facebook group today so you don’t miss any seminars!
- The HPC has taken an expanded role in development of more sports and performance curriculum, with plans to add a fourth elective in May, “Advanced Extremity Management,” pending approval of the CMCC.
National-winning research posters
- 2015 Ben Jelinek presented research designed by Dr. Moos and won GOLD at the ACA Sports Council Symposium and also took SILVER at the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science Symposium.
- 2016 Jasmine Hanson took GOLD on her research at the ACA Sports Council Symposium.
Offering Northwestern DC students a Master's in Exercise Science
The HPC has worked closely with Concordia University, St. Paul, to allow our doctor of chiropractic (DC) students to receive advanced standing credits in Concordia University, St. Paul’s online Master of Science in Exercise Science. Our DC students will be able to graduate with a MS, DC! The articulation agreement allows our students to save approximately 50% of tuition and time. Learn more about this opportunity here.
Preparing NWHSU clinical faculty
- Dr. Matt Thronson finished a one-year fellowship and was hired by our DeRusha Learning Center to manage patients and supervise our interns. He has been spearheading an initiative to implement active care into the clinical curriculum, allowing our student interns to apply their therapeutic exercise knowledge.
- Dr. Liz Moos completed a two-year fellowship and was also subsequently hired by NWHSU to provide clinical care in the Bloomington Natural Care Center and La Clinica. She leaves the HPC with a legacy of establishing an integrative sports care environment for our contracted teams. She co-authored two posters (one being a national Gold Medal winner) and will be finishing a publication soon on her research.
- Both Drs. Moos and Thronson are excellent examples of the contemporary NWHSU DCs and will offer exceptional supervision to our interns.
Introducing our new fellows
- Dr. Melissa MacDonald started in September 2016. She is a NWHSU Graduate whose focuses include injuries of high performance females and also the psychology of head injuries. She will be the team doctor for the Minnesota Vixen and will be seeing patients in the Bloomington Natural Care Center for 10 hours per week, supporting the DLC Rehab, and teaching BLS, CPR, and sports electives.
- Dr. Kellen Otte started in December 2016 to replace Dr. Moos’ position. He is a NWHSU graduate, focusing his interests on lower extremity injuries in high performance endurance athletes. He will be the team doctor for the Minnesota Freeze and will be seeing patients for 10 hours per week in the Bloomington Natural Care Center, supporting the DLC Rehab, and teaching sports electives.
- Dr. Kyle Steineman started in December 2016. He is a National University of Health Sciences graduate and will be focusing on sports nutrition and, specifically, recovery and injury prevention. He will be the HPC’s sports nutrition liaison for the Minnesota Vixen, Minnesota Freeze and our high schools. His fellowship is fully sponsored by Nutri-Dyn. He will also assist with teaching our sports electives.
Dr. Moos serves on a committee with the ACA Sports Council as a Student Leadership Liaison. Dr. Stark serves the ACA Sports Council as the new Director of the Student Research Poster Contest and has been the International Sports Chiropractic Federation (FICS) Education Chair for the last many years. Dr. Stark will be speaking on a panel of Olympic Chiros.
8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Contact UsPhone: 952-885-5429
Northwestern Health Sciences University
2501 W. 84th St., Bloomington, MN 55431
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