In September 2008, Texas Chiropractic College began a program with the Rice University Department of Athletics. This program brings TCC students to the Rice campus twice a week, providing them with hands-on experience in the care of NCAA Division I athletes and the opportunity to interact with the Owls’ athletic trainers in aiding with injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Appreciating the benefits of the care the athletes are receiving are their coaches, among them is Jim Bevan, the highly decorated head coach of the women’s cross country/track and field program. Bevan has coached the Owls for 27 years and has served as the head coach for the past eight.
“Our kids look forward to when the chiropractors come. There is no question about it, setting up that program has been a big, big, big plus. There’s been a decrease in the little injuries and an increase in just feeling good. The kids are more aware of their bodies, and they can tell a difference. It’s been a huge plus. We’re close to 100 percent healthy and when you train hard that’s pretty amazing. And that’s a large part of it I think.”
The dual purpose of the program has been to provide real-world experience for TCC students while aiding Rice in the care of its student-athletes. The program has proven a huge success on both fronts.