Sports chiropractic is a specialty of chiropractic. It generally requires post-graduate coursework and a certification or diplomate status granted by a credentialing agency; American Chiropractic Board of Sports Practitioners (ACBSP). Sports chiropractors are highly trained and extremely knowledgeable in assessment and diagnosis of sports-related injuries. This involves a detailed physical exam and imaging studies if warranted. They also have advanced expertise in both the prevention and rehabilitation of sports related injury, in addition to expert level knowledge in sport-specific strength and conditioning techniques and optimal biomechanics.
What Are the Training and Credentialing Requirements of a Sports Chiropractor?
A sports chiropractor is a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), which means that they have completed a four-year, doctoral graduate school program at a nationally accredited institution. In addition to this basic training in chiropractic medicine, a sports chiropractor should have two further educational certifications: CCSP® and DACBSP®.
Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP®) is a certification that requires additional training and testing beyond the doctoral (DC) degree. A DC is eligible to sit for the exam after one of the following educational requirements is met:
Completion of a minimum of 100 hours of postgraduate education in a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians program taken at an accredited college
Completion of the first year of a sports medicine residency program at an accredited college
Completion of a Masters of Science (MS) program in exercise or sports science or equivalent program from an accredited college
Possession of current certification as an Athletic Trainer (ATC)
The CCSP® certification exam consists of 250 multiple- choice questions. The exam must be taken with three years of completion of the post-graduate education program to obtain CCSP® certification.
To obtain Diplomate American Chiropractic Board of Sports Medicine (DACBSP®) certification, the CCSP® certification is a prerequisite and the candidate must also have an active DC license. In addition, one the following advanced educational criteria must also be met:
Active CCSP® certification with completion of a minimum of 200 hours of postgraduate education in the DACBSP Program from an accredited chiropractic college
Active CCSP® certification with completion of a Masters of Science (MS) degree in an equivalent program in the domain of sports medicine
Completion of a sports medicine residency program
The DACBSP® certification exam consists of a six-station practical exam, a 300 question written exam, a written project, and 100 hours of practical on field experience. With the exception of the written project, the other components of the exam must be completed within three years of completion of the postgraduate education. The written project must be completed within 5 years.
The sports chiropractor is much more than a DC; the advanced training they receive through the certification process gives them expert level knowledge in the field of sports medicine
Sports chiropractors treat high-level, elite athletes, though they can and also do treat weekend warriors, everyday people and everyone in between. No matter what skill level you are, a sports chiropractor can take care of everything from rehabilitation of an injury to helping you achieve your maximum potential. Concussions are also managed by sports chiropractors; as they can evaluate, diagnose and treat just about any sports related injury or performance issue.
Here are lists of treatments you may receive from a sports chiropractor:
· Muscle work
· Soft tissue mobilization
· Advanced soft tissue techniques (ART, Graston)
· Prehab / Rehab exercises
· Strength training
· Patient education
Many athletes at all different skill levels will seek out a sports chiropractor to enhance their training and performance and prevent injury through using any or all of the techniques listed above.
Used By Amateur, Professional and Olympic Athletes
Chiropractic sports medicine specialists first began treating Olympic athletes at the Olympic Games in Montreal in 1976. The first official appointment of a chiropractor to the US team was during the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York when Stephen J. Press recommended George Goodheart to the chairman of the US Olympic Committee (USOC)'s Division of Sports Medicine. Subsequently, a program was developed to screen chiropractors for the USOTC in Colorado Springs, CO and chiropractors have been included with the US and other national teams since then. The US team sent four chiropractors to Beijing for the 2008 Olympic games, where Mike Reed served the U.S. team as a treating chiropractor and also as the chiropractic medical director of the Performance Services Division of the USOC. Chiropractors were included on the US medical team again for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, where Michael Reed acted as the external medical director for the USOC, and oversaw the USOC volunteer medical program and the USOC Sports Medicine Network. Chiropractic care was arranged by the British Chiropractic Association and integrated into the treatment of athletes for a polyclinic during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. At the 2012 Summer Games in London, the USOC brought eight chiropractors in addition to the full-time paid medical director, William Moreau. At the 2016 Summer Games in Rio, the USOC brought eighteen chiropractors including the director, William . During the Rio games there were 4871 patient encounters. Sport Chiropractors accounted for the majority of the clinical services at 32% as the next closes provider was ATC at 25%.
As of the 2014-2015 NFL season, all 32 teams have an official team Chiropractor. In Major League Baseball all 30 teams have an official team Chiropractor. Almost every NBA team has an official team Chiropractor as well. In 2002, 31% of National Football League teams used a chiropractor in an official capacity on their medical staff. In 2006, a study analyzing Division I NCAA college athletes at inter-college sporting events in Hawaii found that chiropractic usage within the last 12 months was reported by 39% of respondents.
How Do I Know if I Should See a Sports Chiropractor?
The answer to your question…..yes; anyone can benefit from seeing a sports chiropractor.
Whether you are a professional, amateur or recreational athlete seeking rehabilitation or prevention of an injury, looking to prevent common, overuse injuries in your sport, or seeking strength and conditioning coach with advanced knowledge of your sport, a sports chiropractor has the right background for you.
You are the only one who can make the decision on what care is the best for you. Even with the help of a skilled sports chiropractor, your progress and success in any training or treatment program depends on the work you put in. Working with a sports chiropractor can be a big factor in maximizing your potential.
Staying educated is your responsibility, providing evidence based information is ours.
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