Sports chiropractor is a specialized specialization of chiropractic. It usually takes at least two years of study and an undergraduate degree or diploma obtained from a recognized credentialing organization accredited in the area of the chiropractor’s specialization. There are a number of organizations that offer certifications to sports chiropractors.
The first step in becoming a sports chiropractor is to obtain a chiropractic license from the state of their choice. The second step is to obtain the required training and education in athletic rehabilitation, sports medicine, neurological and physical therapy, neuromuscular physiology and biomechanics, sports psychology, and ethics.
In order to become a sports chiropractor, one must pass a written exam and complete an athletic trainer’s exam before they can take the examination for sports chiropractor certification. All students of sports chiropractors must take an internship. The interns provide hands-on training and experience in the field of sports medicine.
After one has earned their chiropractic license and completed their internship, the student must complete a thesis to be eligible for a chiropractor examination by the National Certification Board for Sports Chiropractors (NCBSC). This exam is very specific and only accepts students with a bachelor’s degree or higher. The examination is not for academic purposes, but to determine if the student has sufficient knowledge of athletic rehabilitation to be a good candidate to practice sports chiropractic in the United States. Students who fail this exam are not eligible to take it again.
Once the student has passed the NCBSC national certification exam, he/she is now eligible to take a board examination to become a Sports Chiropractor. The test, called the Sport Chiropractic Examinations is available in many locations throughout the United States, including the United States Military Academy and the U.S. Department of Defense. The exam consists of multiple choice questions about spinal manipulation, athletic training, sports medicine and biomechanics, and neurological issues.
Each year, after passing the examination, students must take an examination known as the Diagnostic Sports Medicine Exam. This exam is given in addition to the chiropractor’s exam. Students will take neurological exams that test for diagnosing the neurological imbalances in the athlete’s muscles, spine, nerves and spinal organs. Athletes will also have to take the examination to diagnose any injuries to the spine and to the musculoskeletal system. The chiropractor must also pass the exam to become a certified chiropractor.
Once all of the tests are passed, the chiropractor’s certificate will be awarded by the State Licensing Board of the State of his/her Practice. A Sports Chiropractor license will be issued by the governing bodies of the respective State. The license will need to be renewed periodically depending on the State and will contain certain requirements. A sports chiropractor will need to obtain continuing education credits.
The National Certification Board for Sports Chiropractors does not require that the chiropractor undergo an internship or clinical training. Many States allow chiropractors to practice without continuing education and certification.
Once a chiropractor’s license has been renewed, the chiropractor may practice in the State of his/her practice. However, the chiropractor must keep a continuing education program, which is usually a combination of classroom courses and continuing education seminars and workshops. Continuing education can also be obtained through other resources such as journals, ezines, newsletters, and radio programs.
Another way to obtain continuing education credits is to enroll in the National Health Information Center (NHI). There are also many chiropractor educational institutions in the United States.
Once the chiropractor’s license has been renewed, the chiropractor must have annual continuing education seminars and workshops in order to maintain his/her certification. The chiropractor may also participate in national and international continuing education programs. These programs can include lectures, seminars and workshops.
For students who have completed their degree, they must complete a minimum of five continuing education seminars and workshops in order to retain their license. After completing these courses, a student is now considered a licensed sports chiropractor. The chiropractor’s license is valid for one year and can be renewed upon the completion of the renewal period. The National Health Education Centers will also provide continuing education in the chiropractic field.