What Types of Extracurricular Activities Does Palmer Provide?

Chiropractic is more than just a practice—it’s a philosophy and a calling. Extracurricular

That’s why a chiropractic education should do more than simply teach students how to perform the techniques. It also needs to fuel their passion for learning, sharing and expanding the growing body of chiropractic knowledge.

Some of the most important lessons happen outside the classroom. To enrich your education (and career), consider joining one of the many student organizations at Palmer, such as:

Specialization clubs

When studying to become a chiropractor, you’re bound to come across a specific technique, system or theory that fascinates you. Follow that thread. Obsess over it, study it, debate it, research it.

At minimum, strengthening your expertise in at least one area will make you more valuable as a professional. And you never know when it might lead you to make an important contribution to the chiropractic profession.

Palmer students have ample opportunities to explore their passion in clubs and organizations devoted to a wide variety of specializations. Groups meet regularly to discuss the fundamental principles of applied kinesiology, debate the philosophy of pediatric chiropractic care, and inquire into how the extremities affect the spine. They also engage in deep explorations of the Blair technique, the Gonstead system, the Torque Release procedures, the Grostic procedure and the Pettibon system.

Sports and recreation

Many athletes enter the chiropractic profession because they’ve experienced the benefits of chiropractic care and want to help heal others. They often become accomplished sports chiropractors with an extraordinary ability to empathize with their patients.

Palmer supports these students through their distinguished Sports Council program, which prepares its members to help athletes in training achieve peak performance, through a variety of extramural sports and recreational activities that keep them active and fit. From soccer, rugby and volleyball to group cycling, disc golf and hiking, athletes attending our chiropractic college have plenty of opportunities to exercise their bodies as well as their minds.

Professional associations

Since its inception, the advancement of the chiropractic profession has depended upon doctors forming communities where they can learn from each other, develop referral networks and add to the growing body of chiropractic knowledge. While specific techniques and practices have changed over the years, the need for a strong chiropractic community hasn’t.

Palmer students get a head start on networking by participating in professional organizations such as the Student American Chiropractic Association and the Student International Chiropractors Association. These organizations provide a forum for learning and sharing to help chiropractors continue to grow even after graduating. Membership is vital to any chiropractor whose goal is to help advance the field and their career.

Leadership opportunities

To open a practice in today’s competitive business world, chiropractors have to be more than just doctors. They’re also entrepreneurs, business leaders and ambassadors for the profession.

The leadership skills a chiropractor needs can’t be found in any book or classroom. Instead, Palmer students develop them by becoming student ambassadors, campus guides, or class officers and representatives.

To help you take advantage of the extracurricular opportunities at Palmer, we maintain a listing of all active clubs and organizations. If you’d like to join one, just send an email to the club’s contact. And if you don’t see your passion on the list, we encourage you to start a club of your own.

Whatever interest you choose to pursue, we guarantee you’ll continue to benefit long after you graduate.

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