West dean to present global perspective on sports chiropractic at Homecoming

West dean to present global perspective on sports chiropractic at Homecoming

Many doctors have earned accolades for their achievements in the field of sports chiropractic. Only a select few, however, have the distinction of providing care for athletes at events that include the unique sports of fistball, korfball, netball, and beach handball.

In addition to his position as associate dean at Palmer College’s West campus, Dr. Brian Nook also serves as “Chef de Mission” of The International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS). Dr. Nook, a featured speaker at the upcoming West Homecoming (May 4-6), has provided care at four Olympic Games, three All-African Games, and four World Games.

That’s what places Brian Nook, D.C., DACBSP®, associate dean of academic affairs at Palmer’s West campus, in a league of his own!

In addition to his position at Palmer, Dr. Nook also serves as “Chef de Mission” of The International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS). He has provided care at multiple international sports-events during his distinguished three-plus-decades chiropractic career, which includes four Olympic Games, three All-African Games, and four World Games (which features sports not included in the Olympics).

The most recent example is the 2017 World Games in Wroclaw, Poland, where Dr. Nook served as director of the Sports Chiropractic Services team. The 39-sport-event featured more than 3,000 athletes from more than 100 countries. The FICS delegation team included 40 chiropractors from 13 nations – each of whom volunteered their services.

Chiropractors selected to provide care at the World Games are required to complete postgraduate work in the field of sports chiropractic. Care for the athletes consisted of assessment for any musculoskeletal conditions and functional deficiencies, followed by therapeutic treatment, including chiropractic adjustments, mobilization, exercise, stretching, soft-tissue work, strapping and functional taping as indicated.

“I was honored to be selected by FICS to, once again, lead the FICS delegation involved with the delivery of care to athletes at the World Games in Poland,” said Dr. Nook, who maintained a sports-focused practice in Iowa for 17 years, before serving as an academic dean at Murdoch University as well as the Australian College of Physical Education.

World Games 2017 marked the fourth time that sports-chiropractic care was provided, a service that began 12 years ago — and at each event, FICS has collected data on the athletes who receive care.

Palmer West Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Brian Nook, D.C., DACBSP®(second from left), served as director of the Sports Chiropractic Services team at the 2017 World Games in Wroclaw, Poland. West-student (now West-graduate) Nav Sohi (far left) assisted (from far right) Kelly Humphries, D.C., Mindy Mar, D.C., and David Lourie, D.C. (Davenport ’84) on the chiropractic team that provided care for many of the more than 3,000 athletes from more than 100 countries.

“We provide information on the number and type of treatments and conditions we see to the International Federations,” said Dr. Nook, who received the “FICS Sports Chiropractor of the Year” award in 1992, and was recognized as “FICS Chiropractor of the Year” in 1993.

“The research we perform at each Games leads to publication in referred medical journals, which is valuable to educating the public, the federations and athletes about the efficacy of chiropractic on the athletes’ performance in competition,” said Dr. Nook, who was assisted by then-students (and now West alumni) Nav Sohi and Adam Postmus at the World Games in Poland.

Dr. Nook will discuss “Opportunities in the World of Sport and Functional Assessment and Adjustments of Extremities” during the 3:30-5:30 p.m. sessions at West Homecoming 2018 on Saturday, May 5.

“Palmer West is renown throughout the profession for its excellence in the field of sports chiropractic, and for its strong Sports Council program,” added Dr. Nook.

“I look forward to speaking at this year’s Homecoming, and getting to meet many of the alumni who have helped build Palmer West’s prominent sports-chiropractic tradition.”

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