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Sports Reaction Center Assists Local Rugby Sevens Players in Quest for Olympic Games

July 24, 2013

Sports Reaction Center, which attracts athletes nationwide because of its innovative technology and treatment programs, provides onsite medical care to growing Seattle rugby program–the athletes are pursuing a chance to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games.

BELLEVUE, Wash., July 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Seattle’s emerging rugby community has been accelerated by the introduction of “rugby sevens” – a more fast-paced version of the traditionally 15-man sport. After nearly a century since the sport first appeared in the Olympic Games, rugby sevens is set to be included in the 2016 program (1). Sports Reaction Center (SRC), a sports physical therapy center that attracts amateur and professional athletes both locally and nationally, provides quality physical therapy care to aspiring Olympic rugby players coached by Serevi Rugby.

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Rugby is known to be a tough and intensely physical sport — it is officially the worlds most dangerous team sport, with an average of 1.4 serious” injuries per match (a quarter of them being to the head) (2). Seattle-based Serevi Rugby features coaching by Ben Gollings, an English player who has scored over 2000 points in international rugby and Waisali Serevi, known as the “King of Sevens.” Serevi Rugby offers elite camps for junior and elite players.

As part of its association with the rugby program, SRC provides an athletic trainer for local Serevi Elite camps. SRC’s trainers manage the players bumps and bruises, concussions and other injuries. The athletes are part of a development program designed to feed players into the U.S. National Team, who in turn have a focus of making the Olympic Squad.

Because rugby sevens is such a high intensity game played at constant full speed, SRC’s services are often required at weekend tournaments in the region. SRC’s trainers cover multiple games and several teams throughout the all-day events.

“It’s always a full day,” says SRC founder, Neil Chasan. “[SRC's] trainers use a variety of methods and tools to help keep energy high and fatigue low between games. We work hard, especially in the summer heat, to keep players on the field.”

Featuring more than 500 local athletes as clients, SRC performs sports physical therapy services that incorporate innovative technology such as Core Control and the NASA-developed Alter-G, and offers services such as concussion management and biomechanical assessment, as well. That expertise has proven valuable, considering the full contact nature of rugby and the sport’s extreme physical demands.

“Rugby is a very aggressive and demanding sport,” Chasan explained. “It is vital that the players receive proper treatment–that is what helps them get back on the field following an injury, and it also ensures that any damage is effectively identified so we know when they should be off the field. [SRC's] trainers take great care to ensure the safety of the players when managing concussions and other injuries.”

SRC works with competitive athletes every day, from contact sports such as rugby, soccer, football, lacrosse and basketball, to endurance sports such as cross country, triathlons and marathons. This makes the clinic uniquely qualified to help athletes manage their training during the recovery period, and SRC is committed to remaining a key part of the local rugby community season after season.

In addition to its association with Serevi Rugby, SRC works with the Seattle Rugby Club, Old Puget Sound Beach, The Seattle Breakers and the Eastside Youth Rugby Club. Beach and the Breakers, a local women’s rugby team, recently qualified for nationals and SRC will provide the squad with an athletic trainer for the games.

For more information on the services offered by the Sports Reaction Center, visit www.srcpt.com.

About the Sports Reaction Center (SRC):

Based in Bellevue, Washington, and attracting athletes of all levels from the Bellevue, Seattle, Kirkland and Redmond areas, as well as from around the United States, Sports Reaction Center (SRC) was founded by Neil Chasan in 1997. SRC performs sports physical therapy services that incorporate innovative technology such as Dynavision, and the NASA-developed Alter-G. The clinic additionally offers concussion management and biomechanical assessment. SRC’s clients include multiple athletes who have qualified for the Olympic Trials in Track and Field, as well as marathoner Mike Sayenko, Olympic hurdler Virginia Powell, and NFL, NBA and MLB players. The clinic also works with area organizations such as Club Northwest, VO2 Multisports, and the Seattle Rugby Club. A graduate of the University of Washington’s physical therapy program in 1982, Chasan has consulted with members of the High performance Team at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, U.S. Rugby Sports Medicine, and Alter G. Neil is the author of the book Total Conditioning for Golfers, and the creator of the video “The Swing Reaction System”. Neil published “Pain Free Back”, an iPhone application. A clinical faculty member of the University of Washington’s physical therapy program since 1990, Chasan teaches and consults with physical therapists around the world.

1. Lawson, Theo. “Waisale Serevi’s Mission to Grow Rugby Brings U.S. National Team to Seattle.” Seattletimes.com. The Seattle Times, 13 June 2013. Web. 12 July 2013. seattletimes.com/html/othersports/2021184867_rugby14xml.html#.UbuQM8oKpZc.facebook.

2. “Rugby vs Football.” Menshealth.co.uk. Men’s Health Magazine, n.d. Web. 10 July 2013. menshealth.co.uk/fitness/sports-training/rugby-vs-football-112003.

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