Northwestern Grads Provide Chiropractic Care at the World Games

| September 19, 2017

Dr. Tim Stark, Director of NWHSU's Human Performance Center, as well as two additional Twin Cities doctors were part of the NWHSU alumni delegation to the 2017 World Games in Poland.

 World Games 2017

We recently sat down with Dr. Tim Stark, Director of NWHSU's Human Performance Center, as well as two additional Twin Cities doctors who were part of the NWHSU alumni delegation to the 2017 World Games in Wroclaw, Poland.

Click here for a video recapping their entire experience.

“At the World Games and other international events, a lot of athletes don’t get chiropractic care in their own countries so they are grateful for our help,” Dr. Craig Couillard explained. “I communicate on a regular basis with a few Italian athletes from two years ago. Having the opportunity to get to know and learn the treatment techniques of providers from other parts of the world was one of the most rewarding aspects of this experience.”

In addition to the care they provided to athletes, the team also enjoyed interacting with healthcare professionals from other disciplines. “When I worked at the in-line speed skating venue, we had providers from other teams bringing their athletes to us for treatment,” said Dr. Scott Mooring. “It was a great opportunity to showcase what we do, our education and our clinical skills.”

As chiropractic doctors care for athletes at amateur and professional levels – especially at major international events like this – awareness of the profession and new opportunities for a younger generation of doctors continue to expand.

NWHSU World Games Representation:

Dr. Tim Stark has an impressive résumé of international sports chiropractic experiences, including the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Tim is a very effective mentor to Northwestern students and young clinicians. He recently received the Academician of the Year Award by the American Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Craig Couillard practices in Lakeville, MN and has treated athletes at the United States Olympic Training Centers in Chula Vista, CA and Colorado Springs, CO, as well as at the World Sport Games in Lignano, Italy in 2015. Locally, he is a chiropractor and sports medicine consultant for the Hamline University Athletic Department and the team chiropractor for the St. Paul Saints minor league baseball club.

Dr. Scott Mooring practices in West Saint Paul, MN. While this was his first World Games experience, he traveled with the University of Minnesota football team during the 2014-2015 season and has treated Olympic athletes in Colorado Springs, CO. He is entering his fourth season as the team chiropractor in the Athletic Medicine Department at the University of Minnesota, where he provides care to all student athletes. He currently travels with the men’s wrestling team and cares for the women’s hockey team during their home games.

Additional team members included:

Dr. Keith Schaller practices in Waterbury, VT and served with 30 other multinational chiropractic sports physicians in the 2013 World Games in Cali, Colombia. He was a top amateur and professional cyclist until he decided to pursue a career in chiropractic in 1999.

Dr. Brian Nook is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the West Campus of Palmer College of Chiropractic and, since 1987, has been a member of the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic / Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport (FICS). He was the first vice president of that organization, currently serves on the Education and International Federations Commissions, and is the FICS Liaison to the International World Games Association (IWGA). With FICS, he has been a team physician and Chef de Mission at many sporting events throughout the world, and has served in four Olympic Games, three All Africa Games and three World Games.

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