Chiropractic Sports Medicine gives you access to the latest advances in the field of sports and how to effectively evaluate, diagnose, and treat injuries
Specializing in a particular area of chiropractic not only sets you apart from your professionals, it also makes you an expert in that particular niche. While some chiropractic physicians (DCs) offer services in niche areas such as pediatric chiropractic or regenerative medicine, others are opting for the chiropractic sports medicine route.
Sports chiropractic involves working with athletes and other active individuals to help them effectively prevent and recover from exercise-related injuries. Research also shows that participating in chiropractic can help athletes improve athletic performance by improving hand-eye coordination, speeding reaction time, and more.
What educational opportunities are there for DCs who wish to specialize in providing chiropractic sports medicine services?
Attend a chiropractic college that offers advanced physical education
If you are in the early stages of becoming a chiropractor, you can opt for a chiropractic college that offers its students the opportunity to learn more about sports chiropractic.
For example, the Palmer College of Chiropractic has chapters of the Sports Council at each of its locations. In these chapters, students will learn firsthand how to support athletes with regards to strength training, peak performance, rehabilitation after sports injuries, and even nutrition.
The Palmer Sports Council program also includes instructions on appropriate methods for assessing and treating sports injuries, emergency response procedures, and additional modalities that athletes can further assist, such as: B. Stretching, gluing and soft tissue therapy.
If you can find a chiropractic college that offers this type of program, you can get a DC degree with advanced knowledge of sports chiropractic.
Get your degree in Sports Medicine
If you are already a practitioner, you can also get this type of specialized training by returning to school and getting your degree in sports medicine. By taking courses in these type of programs, you will get access to the latest advances in sports and how to effectively evaluate, diagnose, and treat some of the most common injuries athletes suffer today.
Some educational institutions offer the option to earn an associate or bachelor’s degree in chiropractic sports medicine, while others allow you to step up and get your masters. Which one you choose depends on how much time you need (or have) to study, how deep you want to dive into sports medicine, and how much money you want to spend to earn your degree.
To ensure that you receive basic training in sports medicine, it is helpful to select a program that has been accredited by a government agency. For example, the Commission for the Accreditation of Sports Coach Training (CAATE) is an accreditation institution in the sports sector. You can even search online to see which university programs are accredited by them and which are not.
Earn your CCSP or DACBSP certification
Another way to demonstrate your knowledge in chiropractic sports medicine is to earn your certification as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) or a Diplomate American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (DACBSP).
The exams for these two designations are regulated by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (ACBSP) and offered in various locations across the country. To qualify, you must:
- Submit an online application and pay the associated fee;
- Provide a copy of your healthcare provider’s CPR card and DC license. and
- Forwarding transcripts showing that at least 100 hours of postgraduate education have been completed.
In addition, from January 1, 2019, all providers with the designations CCSP and DACBSP must acquire their SafeSport certification and update it every two years.
Get your ICSC certification
Certification as a CCSP or DACBSP is not the only way to specialize in sports chiropractic. The International Association for Sports Chiropractic (IFSC) also offers its own special designation: the International Certificate for Sports Chiropractic (ICSC).
For this postgraduate program, participants must complete 77 hours of online learning courses and exams and attend 20 hours of hands-on seminars over two weekends. These seminars are designed to help participants learn more about diagnosing and treating upper and lower extremity problems that are common in athletes today.
The IFSC reports that the ICSC designation can only be earned by individuals who have completed an accredited school and that the full program (online learning and hands-on training) must be completed within three years.
There are many educational opportunities for DCs who wish to specialize in chiropractic sports medicine. This is used by practically every professional sports team and remains a growing field in the field of sports medicine.