EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE Athletics announced a new partnership with Logan University for two interns to work with Cougar student-athletes.
“The benefit to the two institutions is that it gives us an opportunity to have chiropractic as an adjunct to the sports medicine department as another option of taking care of student-athletes,” said David Strickfaden, Assistant AD for Student Welfare.
David Parish, DC, MS, CSCS, DACBSP, director of Logan’s sports rehabilitation center, said Logan’s partnership is ideal for its students.
“It works out really well for our students,” he said. “They get an integrated care model, and it introduces chiropractic care to the athletic trainers at the university and to the athletes.”
Interns will be working in SIUE’s athletic training room two days a week and will be referred by the SIUE athletic training staff.
“It’s a clinical experience much like a residency internship,” Strickfaden said. “They're getting the opportunity to work in the sports medicine setting while SIUE is getting the benefit of the chiropractic care.”
Parish said providing these internships helps the chiropractic position fit into the sports medicine model.
“Chiropractic care will enhance the sports medicine care for our athletes,” noted Strickfaden. “They will do their evaluations and recommend a course of treatment. The athletic training staff will review this and create the incorporation of how this is going to be put into practice within the system and then the athlete will be followed up.”
Logan University is located in Chesterfield, Missouri.