2018 Emerald City Classic Volleyball Tournament
2018 marked the 32nd year of the Emerald City Classic volleyball tournament at the University of Washington. The Bastyr Sports Medicine Club once again returned for the 9th consecutive year to provide voluntary sports medicine and first aid care to over 2000 athletes. Teams from all over the United States and Canada were invited to compete against each other in the three-day tournament.
Lead by Integrative Medicine Group medical director Dr. Masahiro Takakura ND, DC, LAc, and supervising physicians Dr. Calvin Kwan ND, Dr. Grace Chang ND, LAc, Dr. Thien Nguyen ND, LAc, CKTI, Dr. Tom Yang ND, LAc, Dr. Darci Davis ND, and Dr. Anh Ngoc Le ND, LAc, the BSMC club members provided hands on treatment for a wide range of conditions, which included ankle injuries, knee pain, bruises, shoulder pain/injuries, wrist and finger injuries. The team of Naturopathic medical students and doctors also evaluated and referred athletes for possible concussions.
Organized and led by the BSMC leadership team, club members were able to utilize various physical medicine skills to provide care for the athletes who played multiple games throughout the weekend. The BSMC club members spent months planning, training, and prepping for the big event. Students worked through physical assessments, ruling out injuries and emergency cases, and utilized a wide variety of modalities such as athletic and Kinesio taping, soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, ice therapy, craniosacral therapy, cupping, friction rubs, muscle energy stretching, naturopathic joint manipulations, and referral to acupuncture to help treat the athletes. In addition to practicing these modalities, the students refined their history taking, physical/orthopedic examination skills, and neurological assessment of concussions whilst working as a team to provide effective and efficient medical care.
BSMC also had the opportunity to work alongside the Bastyr TCM Sports Medicine club, supervised by Dr. Grace Chang ND, LAc, Dr. Tom Yang ND, LAc, and Dr. Anh Ngoc Le ND, LAc, providing traditional Chinese medicine to the players. Overall, everyone demonstrated professionalism and collaborated with each other to ensure the event ran smoothly and the athletes received the best care we could offer.
BSMC would like to extend a huge thank-you to all the supervising physicians and practitioners for taking time out of their busy schedules to provide an educational opportunity for the students to practice clinical skills in real life scenarios. Special thanks must also be given to Jim Clavadetscher, ECC event organizer, for again inviting us to attend the tournament, Kinesio for providing Kinesio tape and Blake Morgan from Integrative Therapeutics for providing information and samples to the parents and coaches. Once again, we are so grateful and look forward to participating in the ECC tournament next year!
Dr. Masa enjoyed volunteering at the U.S. Olympic training center for 2 weeks in March and worked with a lot of olympians and paraolympians.
How are some of those New Year’s Resolutions?
Is it time to shake things up? Look at diet and exercise a little differently?
Well, April is the perfect time to reevaluate your diet and make sure you’re eating the right balance of nutrients.
Here are a few tips to help keep things on track:
Determine the Right Kind of Diet- There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all diet recommendation. One way to understand what your body needs is through a DNA test. Looking at your nutritional needs, metabolic health factors and matching diet, this test can reveal your genetic diet type, including the ratio of carbs, proteins and fats for your body. With this information at hand, you can make more proactive decisions regarding your diet based on your DNA. This DNA test a comprehensive health and wellness genetic test that provides a unique combination of information regarding nutrigenetics, medication response, and a number of common health conditions. Using a proprietary algorithm, this test also provides a genetically-matched diet allowing for to make specific recommendations to you to help achieve or maintain a healthy weight. It is intended for people who want to learn more about their genetics in order to leverage this information to manage and optimize their weight and overall wellness, as well as to understand their potential risks for common health conditions.
Come in for an appointment to learn more.
Understand Your Reasons-It’s hard to stick to a diet if you don’t have a reason for doing so other than “the doctor told me.” You can feel much more motivated to stick to a healthy diet if you have a list of reasons why. Your intentions may include losing weight, reducing your blood pressure, increasing your healthy cholesterol levels, or simply feeling healthy and fit. Create a list of reasons and consult this list when you’re tempted to dump the diet. Also, through a simple DNA test we can find out a few things regarding diet, exercise and some health concerns that you may be curious about.
Don’t Go From 0 to 100-If you’re new to dieting or even making changes, take it in gradual steps. Shifting from eating junk food to eating nothing but vegetables in one day is difficult to maintain, especially when research has shown that foods like cheese and sugar can be physically addicting. Take it slow and in steps. You might start by cutting out sugary snacks on weekdays and rewarding yourself on weekends. Or, balance a salad with a salty snack during this transition.
Treat Yourself- The healthiest of diets are ones you adhere to for life. While it’s important to be healthy, life is also meant to be enjoyed! Plus, the more restrictive a diet, the more difficult to follow. If you’re craving pancakes on a Sunday morning, enjoy the pancakes. If you want to order dessert after a special dinner out, order the dessert. Life is about balance. Aim to eat healthy 90% of the time and treat yourself 10% of the time.
Know the Difference Between Hunger and Cravings-As you can learn from a simple DNA test, some people are more inclined to crave foods, even when they’re not hungry. There’s a big difference between hunger and cravings. Often, we may want a snack when we’re bored, tired, or upset, or when we’re dehydrated. Rather than immediately turn to the pantry for a snack, try drinking a glass of water. Or if you can’t avoid those hunger pains, reach for vegetables or fruit. If you are interested in learning more through your DNA call for an appointment and let me help you navigate through food and exercises to what works best for you.
Don’t Stuff Yourself, But Don’t Starve Yourself- The key word with diets is “balance.” The same goes for how much you eat during a meal. Many nutritionists agree with the Okinawan rule, which is to eat until you’re 80% full. It takes around 20 minutes to signal to your brain you have been eating food, so eating until you’re 80% full gives you room to feel 100% full within the next half hour. On the other hand, don’t starve yourself. Calorie counting can be dangerous, as you need to eat enough calories to stay energized, especially when you’re exercising.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up- If you indulge too much over the weekend, don’t punish yourself. Perfection is impossible and unnecessary for a healthy life. If you overeat during a meal, work it off at the gym later in the day or week. Exercise and dieting go hand in hand, so when you go off a diet, hit the gym to make up for it. If you spend a few weeks away from the treadmill, eat a healthy balance of foods so you still feel naturally energized and fit.
Let me help you with your quest of a healthier lifestyle through diet and exercise. We can find your unique diet type and discover healthy foods you love to eat! Eating healthy has never been so delicious. It is through a simple DNA test and can be covered, or mostly covered, by most insurances.
Call and set up an appointment with me 206-588-1061.
Dr Darci Davis
Dr. Masa has been invited to the opening of Brooks Cybernic Treatment Center in Jacksonville, Florida on March 2nd, 2018! This will be the first treatment center in the USA to utilize this exciting technology. Medical HAL (hybrid assisted limb) is a robotic exoskeleton device useful for the treatment of spinal cord injuries. Take a look below for some info on how HAL works and what HAL can do. Congratulations to Dr. Masa for establishing this professional relationship.
Seattle Mariner's Spring Training
Dr. Masa assisted the Seattle Mariners this year during spring training at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. As always, we are wishing the Mariners a successful and healthy season.
Dr. Masa is a continuing member of the PBCS in 2018
Seattle Atavus Wins Nationals!
Congratulations to the Seattle Atavus Women's rugby team on their Rugby Club 7s National Championships from the National Sports Complex in Blaine, MN!
Congratulations to our Darci Davis, ND as well, for traveling with the team and keeping them well throughout the season.
Dr. Masa is now qualified to perform BioCranial Therapy!
Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician
Dr. Masa is now a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician! This means that Dr. Masa is now one step closer to the goal of assisting the U.S. team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics!
Congratulations to Dr. Masa!
In addition to Dr. Masa's Professional Chiropractic Baseball Society (PBCS) membership, he now has a professional membership with the Major League Baseball Alumni Association (MLBPAA).
United States Olympians
Dr. Masa and Dr. Calvin recently worked with and helped prospective US Olympic athletes as the USA Track & Field medical staff. We wish the best of luck to these future Olympians!