UW football players benefit from care provided by Husky alumnus Dr. Curt Rindal
Curt Rindal, D.C, CCSP (San Jose ’12), suffered a severe elbow injury as a member of the University of Washington baseball team in 2004, which taught him a lot about sports injuries, and ultimately shaped his new career path.
Dr. Rindal’s family has a strong chiropractic pedigree. His father, two brothers, and uncle all became chiropractors, so “it was a natural fit” for him to follow into the profession.
Following his graduation from Palmer’s San Jose campus, Dr. Rindal returned to his home state of Washington to practice with his brother, Kevin, at InHealth Sports Injury and Performance in Seattle.
While completing his doctor of chiropractic degree, Dr. Rindal stayed in touch with UW Athletic Department Trainer Rob Scheidegger. Dr. Rindal became well acquainted with him during the sophomore-year season that he suffered the elbow injury, and was spending more time in the training room than the baseball field.
While he may have fallen short of achieving his goal of reaching the big leagues, Dr. Rindal can still deliver a good “pitch,” and after convincing Scheidegger on the merits of chiropractic, Dr. Rindal is now providing care for members of the UW football team.
For the past two years, Dr. Rindal has made weekly visits to the training room at Husky Stadium, where he spends approximately two hours per visit, caring for the members of the UW football team.
“Working with the UW football players gives me a chance to continue working around athletics, and to come back to UW,” said Dr. Rindal, who earned All-Pac 10 honors in 2006, and played two years in the Milwaukee Brewers’ minor-league system.
Dr. Rindal points to the emergence of the Professional Football Chiropractic Society (PFCS), and the fact that nearly every NFL team has at least one chiropractor on its sports-medicine staff (11 of them Palmer alumni), as the driving motivation for college-programs to follow the lead of the PFCS.
“Those guys are basically going through a car crash every weekend, so there’s a lot that I can do to help them,” said Dr. Rindal, who is certified in Active Release and Graston Techniques.
“I may have a shoulder with one player, knee on another, and low back and neck on the third. It depends on the position that they play, and the demands they put on their body. Working with athletes, you’re asked to treat a variety of injuries, so being able to address the joints, soft-tissue and extremities demonstrates the scope of the chiropractic education, and allows you to become a more valuable member of the sports-medicine staff.”
Dr. Rindal looks back on his years as a Palmer San Jose student with fond memories–and great appreciation for the quality of the educational experience.
“The thriving Sports Council was one of the big reasons I chose to attend Palmer West, and the opportunity to treat a variety of injuries, in an on-field setting, rapidly enhanced the learning curve for me,” he said.
“I love helping my patients in the office, but it’s also great having the opportunity to come back to the UW campus, and to help keep fellow Huskies on the playing field. It’s a lot of work, but it’s awesome and amazing seeing the benefits players can achieve in such a short time through chiropractic care–and that is what these athletes really enjoy seeing!”