Chiropractic Sports Medicine

What it means to be a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP)

To be a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, a licensed chiropractor must participate in a post-graduate chiropractic sports medicine program or a closely-related discipline and pass a certification exam. Additionally, they must complete a post-graduate level hands-on emergency procedures course and pass a healthcare provider level CPR certification course.

Dr. Scaro has a master’s degree in Sports Medicine and Dr. White has a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. Combined with their degrees and having met the other requirements mentioned above, both clinicians earned their Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians titles.

Becoming a CCSP gives each clinician further knowledge about specific sport injuries, treatment for those injuries, and how to make return-to-play decisions. It gives them the opportunity to educate patients on recovery, sports performance, and injury reduction. They also have extensive knowledge of rehabilitation and therapeutic exercises to help their patients recover faster. 

What type of treatment do sports chiropractors provide?

Sports medicine physicians provide a realm of treatment. Most treatment involves looking at movement and gait patterns, optimizing loads, and is specialized for individual athletes. Sports chiropractors have additional training for sideline care including athletic taping, wrapping, and making return to play decisions.

One of the main things sports clinicians can provide is alternative activities during times of injury. The idea that we need to rest 24 hours a day for recovery is outdated. This concept has been shown to decrease recovery times and increase sensations of pain. Working with physicians who provide alternative forms of movement and exercise has many benefits. Keeping movement incorporated into daily life improves blood flow, quality of life, mood, perspective on injury and pain, and so much more. Sport providers help injured patients stay active by providing modifications or alternatives to painful activities.

Is sports medicine only for athletes?

Sports medicine is not only for athletes! Chiropractic sports clinicians often have a large bag of treatment options to help most musculoskeletal conditions improve for anyone! Sports are known for having a realm of dynamic movements such as squatting, bending, kneeling, lunging, sprinting, etc. Often sports medicine chiropractors specialize in these movements to improve recovery or decrease injury risk. 

Almost all of these movement types are found in day-to-day life. Squatting to pick up a box or get into your car is the same movement as squatting to train for sport. Picking up your shoe or child is the same movement as bending forward in gymnastics or yoga. Whether you are an athlete or not, each individual has different biomechanics and movement patterns. This is where sports chiropractors come in! Sports chiropractors have the training to help all kinds of musculoskeletal pain in a variety of patients, not just in sports!