Category Archives: Sports Medicine Club

Seattle Marathon 2018

Sunday, November 25, 2018 was a beautiful day to be running and volunteering at the Seattle Marathon. This was the 13th year that Bastyr Sports Medicine Club (BSMC) and Bastyr’s Acupuncture Sports Medicine Club provided complementary treatment to athletes at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall near the race’s finish line. This was BSMC’s 1st year volunteering at the Seattle Marathon Expo held on Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24. Students were able to attend and learn more about marketing and pre-race treatments with doctors from Integrative Medicine Group (IMG).

The Bastyr clubs provided a unique model at the marathon with the integration of naturopathic medicine and acupuncture. BSMC members used a variety of modalities in their treatments, including muscle energy stretching, Tui Na, soft tissue mobilization, kinesio taping, craniosacral therapy and naturopathic manipulation to treat over 100 runners. Students with varying levels of education worked in small pods at the event. Students in their 3rd or 4th years of education were primaries at the event, and were able to practice their intake skills and orthopedic exams, while others in their 2nd and 1st year observed and assisted them. The pods were overseen by the supervising doctors of IMG, which provided an opportunity for members to ask questions and improve their skills.

Thank you to all of the students who participated in the event this year. Special thanks to our sponsor Integrative Medicine Group and the supervising doctors, Dr. Masa Takakura ND, LAc, DC, CKTI, Dr. Calvin Kwan ND, CKTI, Dr. Tom Yang ND, LAc, LMP and Dr. Jessica Norton ND, LAc for donating their time and sharing their knowledge. Thank you to Kinesio Taping Association International for their donations and support! We’d also like to extend a big thank you to Lydia Kwan and Kristen Williams LAc, who both ran the front desk and kept everything organized. Overall, we had another great experience at the Seattle Marathon, and look forward to volunteering next year!

Quotes from volunteers this year:

Megan Roark, a BSMC leader, commented, “It was nice to see athletes that we treated in previous years come back because they appreciated and enjoyed the medicine we were able to provide them. We were happy to hear that the athletes were interested in seeing a Naturopathic doctor outside of this event.”

Dr. Jessica Norton commented, “It was an awesome experience to be able to return to the marathon this year as one of the supervising doctors. Being able to share what I’ve learned through the years with the students is a humbling and enriching experience. We always learn a lot by working with the runners and look forward to next year.” 

Dr. Tom Yang remarked, “ It was great to integrate different modalities to help the runners in their recovery and it was inspiring to see the ND and acupuncture students working seamlessly as an integrated team.”




Thank you again to Integrative Medicine Group for sponsoring such a great event! Check them out at


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.