2018 CSL Spikefest Charity Grass Volleyball Tournament

Group_photo_spikefest2018On August 18, 2018, Masa Integrative Clinic sponsored the Bastyr Sports Medicine Club at the CSL Spikefest Charity Grass Volleyball Tournament. This was the club’s second year volunteering, and the Chang Family Foundation and CSL’s seventh year hosting the event. The volleyball tournament benefited the Chang Family Foundation and Jubilee Reach in Bellevue, WA. Jubilee Reach is a non-profit organization that supports the social and emotional needs of children and their families. The Bastyr Sports Medicine Club was happy to help a good cause while also improving their sports medicine skills.

The Bastyr Sports Medicine Club was the only first aid and medical team for the event, and the members were supervised by Dr. Calvin Kwan, ND. Dr. Kwan remarked, “At this year’s Spikefest event, we saw a steady stream of people looking to utilize our services, keeping us constantly busy. As supervising doctor, I was proud to see the BSMC members utilize their orthopedic assessment tests and physical medical techniques to help address the needs of the athletes.” The club provided treatment for various conditions including: shoulder and knee injuries, sprained ankles, low back pain, neck pain, epicondylitis, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and more. The students practiced history taking and orthopedic exams while using Kinesio taping, athletic taping, muscle energy stretching, soft tissue mobilization, joint manipulation, and cupping to treat the athletes. “It was an honor to be invited back to such an amazing event this year,” said Raymond Chao, captain of the Bastyr Sports Medicine Club. Chao commented, “The event allowed us to connect with the community and provided an invaluable experience for the BSMC members, allowing us to test our skills and learn from Dr. Kwan.”

The Bastyr Sports Medicine Club would like to extend a huge thank you to Dr. Calvin Kwan for taking the time to supervise and share his wisdom. We’d also like to thank Masa Integrative Clinic for sponsoring us, and Kinesiotaping Association for their generous Kinesio tape donation. Thanks to Tammy Chin, CSL Program Director, and Caroline Wong Nakata, CSL Regional Director, for organizing such an exceptional event. Lastly, we’d like to thank Lydia Kwan who checked in athletes and made the operation run smoothly. The Bastyr Sports Medicine Club gained a remarkable amount of knowledge from the Spikefest Tournament, and we look forward to volunteering at the event next year!



Hey everyone,

There have been many emails asking for clarification about the different KT classes being offered. There are two different classes; those taught by a CKTP+ (Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner) and those taught by a CKTI (Certified Kinesio Taping Instructor). Any classes that are taught by a CKTP+ are meant for non-healthcare professionals such as athletic trainers, gym teachers, etc. Taking a CKTP+ course does not allow you to become a CKTP in the future, you can only have the title of CKTT (Certified Kinesio Taping Technician). You also need to have been a CKTP prior to applying to become a CKTI. A CKTP+ gets their training from an online training course, while a CKTI must go to Kinesio Taping Headquarters and go through a thorough examination process to achieve their title and ability to teach other healthcare providers.

 In terms of the course information, classes taught by a CKTP+ will teach you how to apply Kinesio Taping Precuts only. On the contrary, classes taught by a CKTI will teach you the basics and expound on information that will allow you to make the cuts more individualized to the patient. The CKTI courses also come with a handbook that allows you to reference it in the future. Again, classes taught by a CKTI are for health care professionals and CKTP+ are not for healthcare professionals.

I hope this was helpful in terms of clarifying why there is a price and course length difference between the two. If you have any other questions regarding this subject please send us an email!



Jui-Jitsu 2018

Leaders and leaders in training from the Bastyr Sports Medicine Club, along with supervisors from Integrative Medicine Group, volunteered as medical staff at The Revolution Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gi and No-Gi tournament on March 3-4, 2018. The Revolution had its largest tournament yet, with over 900 competitors, spanning from 4 years old to mid-50’s.

On Saturday the medical staff treated 18 years old and up competitors. Injuries ranged form minor cuts to being knocked unconscious. On Sunday the age range included 4-17 year olds and ranged from acute sprained ankles, to chronic lower back pain. The students were able to assist the supervisors and nurse practitioners when running onto the mats to assess competitors. Off the mats, the students were able to use their skills from school, of proper history intake of injuries, manual therapy techniques, muscle energy stretching, soft tissue manipulation, orthopedic tests, along with Kinesio taping.

Many thanks for our donation of Kinesio tape from Kinesio Taping Association International. As well as a large thank you to our supervisors from Integrative Medicine Group, Dr. Calvin Kwan, ND, CKTI and Dr. Darci Davis, ND. We also appreciate Lydia Wang for supporting us at the event with patient intake.


Seattle Marathon 2017

On November 25th, BSMC was able to provide another year of voluntary care for the Seattle Marathon runners. Even though it was a dark, windy and rainy morning, there was still over 5,000 runners and walkers that participated in this years event where experience ranged from veteran marathoners to first time runners. The Bastyr Sports Medicine Club in conjunction with the Bastyr’s Acupuncture Sports Medicine Club had the privilege of providing integrative care for the marathon participants in the form of MES, kinesio taping, Tui Na, acupuncture, and craniosacral therapy.

This year we were able to help over 100 patients with post-run stretching, musculoskeletal pain and answer any general health questions they had. Under the guidance of the supervising doctors, students were also able to practice proper patient care by implementing skills learned in classes such as orthopedic testing, acute injury evaluation, soft tissue manipulation and injury prevention. Students this year worked in pods with a primary and secondary student. Pods were then supervised by a club captain who oversaw care and was available for any questions or assistance needed. This chain of command provides students with many opportunities to both practice existing skills, and learn many new techniques by more experienced student physicians.

Thank you to all the students who participated at the event, and were eager to lend their healing hands. Special thanks to our sponsors Integrative Medicine Group, Kinesio Taping Association International, and Bastyr University. We would also like to thank Dr. Masahiro Takakura, ND, LAc, DC, Dr. Tom Yang, ND, LAc, LMP, Dr. Calvin Kwan, ND, Dr. Anh Ngoc Le, ND, LAc, and Dr. Thien Nguyen, ND, LAc for supervising the event. We appreciate them donating their time and expanding our knowledge. Additionally, we’d like to thank Lydia Wang for volunteering her time and coordinating patient intake!

Raymond Chao: “This is my second year volunteering at the Seattle Marathon. It has been a great learning experience all around; we learn how to work as a team, communicate with patients, and practice our skills. Being a dual track student, I am excited to come back in the future to time to see us integrate both Naturopathic Medicine and Acupuncture in an acute setting.”

Kristen Williams: “We had many students coming out with great energies who clearly made time to practice their skills before they came to the Seattle Marathon.  It makes for a smooth day when students come prepared.  Seeing students from different programs work well together was fantastic!  Our goal is for each year & event to better ourselves.”

Jessica Norton: “Volunteering at the Seattle marathon has been an amazing experience. Thanks to our supervisors, I have been able to practice and improve my orthopedic assessment as well as soft tissue and joint manipulations on dozens of patients in a fast paced setting. It has been a great way to synthesize my classroom learning and practical skills!”

Dr. Ngoc: “Each year, our club and organization continues to grow and it is great to see the passion to practice and learn continue to grow as well in all our students and our practitioners.  It takes a lot of time and dedication to prepare for an event and everyone contributes in their own way starting from the supervisor and leadership group to the student members.  Thank you for your efforts and we, practitioners and physicians of Integrative Medicine Group, look forward to our continuing collaborations.”