Archive for tag: sports

Ambulatory Trauma

So I began chiropractic school, wanting to become a doctor, right? Here at National, many of us are taught and believe that the term "doctor" means primary care for patients. As chiropractors, we have a unique practice style, utilizing spinal manipulation, functional rehabilitation, and educating patients on beneficial lifestyle modifications. However, the term "doctor" also means being able to offer whole-body health and wellness, not just treatment to the musculoskeletal system. In addition to a portion of our education being focused on internal medicine, another course in our curriculum is about ambulatory trauma and emergency medicine.

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Although DCs are not authorized to practice some of the interventions that allopathic medical doctors are taught, we still are able to provide efficient and thorough first-aid care in emergency situations. The course "Ambulatory Trauma" takes first aid and advances it to the understanding of a medical student or doctor. We learn how to evaluate different types of burns, wounds, and even how to care for shock victims. In lab, we have practiced measuring and using different ambulation devices, so that we may accurately help patients keep active after injuries.

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One of my favorite parts of the course so far has been practicing suturing! Although suturing open wounds is not part of the scope of practice for chiropractors, it was still a very fun and interactive lab. (It also served as a reminder of my queasiness at sights of wounds and blood!) We learned about proper suturing techniques, the different methods of closing up a wound, and practiced these lessons on rubber arms in the lab.

In future weeks, we will be learning about assessing first-aid situations for spinal cord injuries, musculoskeletal injuries, and learning how to splint and co-manage these victims in emergency situations. This course is excellent practice for those of us looking to assist on the sidelines of sporting events or simply in every day situations that may arise. Although no one wishes for injury to occur, it is better that we are educated and prepared to aid in emergency situations!

As many of us at NUHS prepare for midterm season, I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

"Your life will become better by making other lives better."
-- Will Smith

You Mean I Have to Study INSIDE

Another week of gorgeous weather in Illinois, and I am finding it more and more difficult to study inside for our upcoming exams. During the day, you'll often find National students eating their lunches or reviewing their notes on the many park benches and tables we have set up around campus, but this is only a temporary activity. Many of us realize that by sitting outside and "studying," it's much easier to find yourself people watching, staring at the swans on the pond, or wanting to close your eyes and daydream. All right, it looks like I'll have to keep the sun bathing in moderation until midterms have passed.

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Abdominal Exam

This week, we covered quite a bit of ground in classes. In our Phys/DX course, we continued to practice different regional exams of the body, specifically the abdominal exam and neurological exam. In phlebotomy lab, students are still perfecting their needling "abilities" and learning different techniques for drawing blood. Specifically, we are spending a lot of time on the butterfly needle technique and drawing blood out of smaller veins. It's definitely nerve-wracking, but a valuable experience none-the-less.

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Phlebotomy Lab

On Friday afternoon, Student Council hosted the summer's Tri Games competition. The sport of the season was flag football, and like any other trimester, each group of students sported their tri's respective color and played for 4 months of bragging rights. I unfortunately was not able to attend the event, but I don't doubt it was a great showing! Maybe my 6th tri classmates took home the trophy? :)

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My weekend was spent in Rochester, Michigan, for my older brother's wedding. As a Buckeye myself in a family of nearly all Ohio State grads, I never thought I'd see the day when one of my sibs married a Wolverine! Despite our differences, the two families came together and threw a terrific celebration.

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Congratulations, Ben and Jenny! I loved the opportunity to get away for a weekend and spend time with my family, but I miss them already! It's a good thing I have plenty of studying and work to keep me busy now that I'm back.

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Opportunities Outside the Classroom

Things have been getting busier here at National. Spring has sprung! (Well, kind of.) Aside from the unfortunate rainy days and 50-degree temperatures, campus activity is picking up and everyone is antsy for summer!

This week, students enjoyed our beginning-of-the-tri Club Lunch Day, catered by Chipotle and sponsored by Student Council. On Friday at lunch, all active clubs were represented at tables throughout our gymnasium, offering the opportunity for new students to learn more about and potentially join each student organization. I think it's safe to say that everyone enjoyed the delicious meal and many clubs gained new prospective members! It's great to see younger students getting involved in our school.

Saturday morning, many students drove downtown to attend the Chiropractic Wellness Symposium, organized by Cancer Treatment Centers of America. We had the opportunity to learn about functional endocrinology and a chiropractor's role in treating autoimmune disorders, diabetes, and other widespread diseases. What an amazing experience! I walked away from that seminar with such inspiration and hope! Chiropractic and all other alternative medical professions need to embrace the impact we can have on human health. We truly do have the power to change people's lives. :)

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After exploring downtown Chicago a little bit after the seminar, we drove back to Lombard, just in time for a youth soccer game. My friends Brandon and Jake are earning off-campus service hours by volunteering as coaches for a 4- to 5-year-old soccer league in our community of Lombard.

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In case you were not aware, one of the requirements of the DC and ND programs at National is to participate in a certain amount of on- and off-campus service hours before graduating. Many clubs on campus offer opportunities for students to gain these hours, but the most rewarding experiences are those when students get involved with our community.

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For Brandon and Jake, this soccer league is simply about encouraging kids to be active and involved at a young age. However, for these adorable kids, kicking the ball in the right direction is an accomplishment enough! Best of all, the parents are excited to see local students being involved in the community, and we are able to represent our university with high spirits and good will!