As the leaders in Sports Chiropractic we strive to provide equitable access to sports chiropractic care, education, mentoring and research to all athletes and sports chiropractors regionally, nationally and internationally. Below you will find our Statute information as well as the Executive and Commission team members who support our organisation.
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FICS has become a significant international organisation with a worldwide membership. FICS Statutes reflect an organisational structure which is more reflective of a contemporary commercial organisation where the strategic and operational responsibilities are separated. The FICS Statutes are aligned with its 2019 to 2023 Strategic Plan developed in April 2018. This was designed specifically to enable the organisation to achieve its growth aspirations and to position FICS as the “thought leader in sports chiropractic”.
Separation of strategy from the day to day management and administration of the operational and tactical affairs, and the monitoring of the health of the organisation, are important to ensure good governance and that the decision-making process is reflective of organisational needs. The Statutes provide FICS with the ability to be led by a strong strategically focussed Executive Council made up of regional members, and a strong operationally focussed Executive Management Team selected against an organisational skills matrix will ensure real-time delivery of the activities required to achieve the organisation’s strategic objectives.
It establishes a succession planning capability whereby individuals will be rewarded for their valuable service in the Commissions and Executive Management Team with the ability to sit at the Executive Council level. This will enable FICS to start to groom the future leaders of the organisation.
International Federation of Sports Chiropractic / Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport (FICS) was initiated in 1987 by Dr. Stephen Press at a meeting of national sports chiropractic leaders held in London, England, and has represented sports chiropractic on an international basis since that time. Since 1998 FICS has been governed by statutes under the Swiss Civil Code. These statutes, which may be found in full at this website, now provide for an Executive Council elected according to seven world regions – Africa, Asia, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, Latin America, North America and the Pacific.
During the past 30 years, major FICS activities have included building relationships with international sports federations, athletes, other health care professionals, and their representative organizations; developing and presenting postgraduate educational programs for sports chiropractors; and coordinating teams of properly credentialed sports chiropractors to provide services to athletes at major sporting events up to and including the Olympic Games. Initially, its offices were in New Jersey, the USA at the premises of its first President, Dr. Stephen Press. In 1998 FICS headquarters moved to Lausanne, Switzerland, home of the Olympic Movement. In 2018 FICS administrative service went out to a worldwide tender and the administrative function of FICS is now managed from Australia, with FICS headquarters at the House of Sport in Lausanne. This is supportive of a virtual organization supporting an international member base.
Founder: Dr. Stephen Press (USA)
Past Presidents: Dr. Noel Patterson (Australia), Dr. David Pierson (USA), Dr. Daniele Bertamini (Italy), Dr. Roland Noirat (Switzerland), Dr. Sheila Wilson (USA), Dr. Peter Garbutt (Australia), Dr Mustafa Ağaoğlu (Turkey)
Dr Bradley Sandler, South Africa
FICS Executive Council
The Executive Council (ExCo) is responsible for setting the strategy for FICS and monitoring achievement against it. They provide governance and financial oversight of the organisation. The Executive Council comprised of nine (9) representatives of NCSC ordinary members in good standing elected by and representing world regions.
About Executive Council
The Executive Council (ExCo) is responsible for setting the strategy for FICS and monitoring achievement against it. They provide Governance and Financial Oversight of the organisation. The members of the ExCo are liable for the organisation and are bound by the legal and corporate requirements of being a board member. The Executive Council comprised of nine (9) representatives of NCSC ordinary members in good standing elected by and representing world regions as follows:
- Africa one (1)
- Asia one (1)
- Eastern Mediterranean one (1)
- Europe two (2)
- Latin America one (1)
- North America two (2)
- Pacific one (1)
Current standing members: To reach out to any member send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Board elected at 30 October 2021 Members General Assembly.
President: Bradley Sandler – Africa email@example.com
1st VP: Martin Isaksson – Europe
2nd VP: Nathan (Nat) Akmens – Pacific
Shea Start – North America
Shane Lawlor – Europe
Glen Harris – North America
Martin Camara – Asia
Maria Mercedes D’Acosta – Latin America
Amy Bowzaylo – Eastern Medierritan
Read more about the elections and how you can represent your region on the FICS Executive Council. Click here.
Dr Nathan Akmens (Australia)
2nd Vice President
Dr Glen Harris (Canada)
FICS Executive Management Team (EMT)
The EMT is the operational arm of FICS. They deal with the day to day activities needed to progress FICS forward. See below for current serving members.
About Executive Management Team (EMT)
The Executive Management Team referred to as the EMT provides day-to-day management and administration of the daily affairs of FICS under the direction of the Executive Council (Board).
Current members include:
- President (Director)
- First Vice President (Director)
- Company Secretary
- Head of Finance/Treasurer
- Head of Operations
- Head of Marketing
- Head of international games
- FICS administrator
The Company Secretary will sit on the EMT; however, they will be a non‐voting member. The Secretary-General, Head of Operations, Head of Marketing, and Head of Finance may be recruited by the EMT from wherever and in any way the EMT deems appropriate. However, the Executive Council must approve the appointments. Head of international games position shall be filled by a member serving on the FICS International Sporting Federation Commission. Directors positions on the EMT are President. These members are elected from the current sitting Executive Council members.
The FICS Administrator shall provide administrative support for the EMT and FICS Directors.
The Commissions work with the EMT on the
day to day activities needed to progress FICS forward.
The Finance Commission (FinCom) manages the operational activities associated with FICS finances. The commission’s job is to build the annual budget and to monitor monthly income and expenditure. They work closely with the ExCo and the other commissions in a supporting role to ensure that the organization has the funds available when needed. Most of the commission’s work takes place behind the scenes and is directly involved in developing the FICS organizational infrastructure.
The Finance Commission works closely with the Executive Management Team and Head of Finance.
Head of Finance: Neil Robertson, Australia
- Directing and monitoring all aspects of FICS finances.
- Ensuring FICS can meet its financial goals through the oversight of FICS financial matters, including the formation and monitoring of the FICS budget.
- Developing strategies for the generation of additional sources of revenue.
Commission Chair: Alex Eatly, UK
Brian Nook – USA
Mika Janhunen – UK
David Gryfe – Canada
Jan Enslin – South Africa
Education Commission directs and manages FICS postgraduate sports chiropractic education programs. These include the FICS program of online learning and practical hands-on modules that leads to examinations for the FICS qualification of International Certificate in Sports Chiropractic (ICSC). The commission also works with member national councils and affiliated educational institutions to maintain and enhance minimum international standards for postgraduate sports chiropractic education. This work includes the promotion of university-based master’s degree programs and articulation of the ICSC with such programs.
The Education Commission is responsible for:
- The establishment, maintenance, and management of educational programs provided by FICS, and liaising with FICS members and other interested participants.
- Assisting in the development of minimum international standards for sports chiropractic education programs including oversight of the ICSC curriculum.
Chair: Christine Foss, USA
Dr. Thomas R. Ventimiglia – USA
Shane Lawlor – Ireland
Scott Howitt – Canada
Steve Smilkstein – South Africa
Luke Nelson – Australia
Johnathan Mulholland – USA
ICSC Master Instructor:
Tim Stark – USA
Brian Nook – USA
Martin Isaksson – Sweden
Henry Pollard – Australia
Luke Nelson – Australia
International Sporting Federation
International Sporting Federation is responsible for the development and maintenance of relationships with International and National sporting bodies and the facilitation of placing volunteers within the designated events. It does this through the International Federation of Sports Committee and the Games Committee. The ISF Commission will engage in a common set of functions to expand the FICS relationship and agreements with International Sporting Federations and Associations as well as increasing the opportunities for volunteers to participate in regional and international events. These will include:
- Implementation and cohesive use of the process and procedure document.
- Identification of key ISF’s to enhance the position and image of FICS within the GAISF family.
- Actively engage with IMGA and YOG as part of the stepwise process towards Olympic/IOC Accreditation.
- Develop a relationship with GAISF to include involvement in GAISF Games.
- Develop relationships with GAISF and associated bodies around community outreach and development projects.
- Develop an endorsement relationship with WADA and drug-free sport.
- Encourage and promote the involvement of NCSC’s to engage with National sporting federations as well as Multi-sport regional games organizers like PanAm Games, Commonwealth Games, All African Games, etc.
International Federation of Sports – Responsible for the identification, establishment, and fostering of relationships with international sports federations (IFs) and multisport organizations who have been identified as strategically and/or politically advantageous for FICS’ growth and development towards achieving IOC recognition and full accreditation status at the Olympic Games. Responsible for the identification of games and events that improve the recognition and position of FICS in the sporting arena.
Games – Games are responsible for the organization, management, selection, and credentialing of FICS teams of volunteer sports chiropractors that have been invited to serve athletes as part or all of the host medical services at major and minor sanctioned international games. Responsible for the promotion of the benefits of chiropractors to sports medicine teams and athletes at major and minor international games.
Chair: Simon Lawson, South Africa
Games: Tim Ray – USA
IWGA/GAISF Liaison: Brian Nook – USA
Mercedes D’Acosta (South American & Caribbean Rep) – Mexico
Martin Camara (Asian Rep) – Philippines
Craig Couillard (North American Rep) – USA
Christine Foss (North American Rep) – USA
Lawrence Schledewitz (North America Rep) – Canada
Jason Fyfer (South Africa Rep) – South Africa
Paul Cheung (Middle Eastern Rep) – UAE
Audrey Yargui (European Rep) – France
Lotte Langhoff (European Rep) – Denmark
David Lourie (Oceania Rep) – Australia
Freya Morgan – Germany
Alecia Stewart – Canada Student appointment
Dean Hottum – USA Student appointment
Membership Commission is dedicated to improving all aspects of the FICS membership experience and is committed to building upon the traditional strengths of what FICS membership offers the sport-focused chiropractor. The commission was re-established in 2014 under Chair Dr. Martin Isaksson, who transitioned the role to Dr. Nat Akmens in 2017. From an initial group of 3 members, the commission now counts 8 sports chiropractors working on all matters relevant to the FICS membership to ensure national-to-international sports chiropractic is as strong as it can possibly be. The commission is responsible for the management of current membership and the growth of memberships (Individual and National Chiropractic Sports Council) through:
- the promotion of FICS, and
- driving value of FICS via activities that hold member benefit
The Membership Commission handles all new applications to membership and is positioned to help promote and assist any new member in joining FICS directly or through our partnering NCSC’s dotted around the world. Another key objective of the commission is in the ongoing support for the 26 existing NCSC’s, and in the establishment of new NCSC’s in countries without a dedicated chiropractic sports council. Any chiropractor who is interested in FICS membership including those wanting to start a new NCSC in a country where one is not currently positioned is encouraged to reach out to FICS administration to begin this process.
Chair: Nathan Akmens, Australia
Vice-Chair: Nicolaas Tjaart Van Der Merwe, South Africa
Andrew Parks – Canada
Jordan Knowlton-Key – USA
Hayden Pooke – Malaysia
Kristy Bellombra – Australia
Kathryn Deverson – UK
Pheobe Henry – Corporate Social Responsibilities Project
Muhammed Tagari – South Africa 2022 Student Scholarship
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Marketing Commissions’ role is to ensure FICS has the marketing infrastructure to adapt to change and can embrace new technological opportunities by creating innovative ways to share the FICS story on a global stage. We achieve this by:
Keeping you up to date on all things FICS! “Enabling athletes to perform better naturally”
A key mission statement for FICS is being the internationally recognized voice and leader of the specialty of sports chiropractic. The Marketing Commission is responsible for the internal and external communication within FICS, drawing together, and sharing all the news and activities of our members around the world with current and prospective stakeholders. FICS uses a range of marketing mediums, which include but not limited to, social media platforms, FICS website, quarterly E-News, representation at meetings and events, and volunteers at games internationally, nationally, and locally.
FICS’ mission is to ensure every athlete has access to sports chiropractic and the Marketing Commission’s role is to keep our community updated on what is happening, upcoming opportunities to volunteer, news about professional development and educational updates, as well as local news from around the world. This provides our members, stakeholders, partners, and sponsors with a wider reach, staying connected with all the latest news and events.
This commission works closely with the Executive Management Team
MarketingConsultant: Paul Timko, USA
Social Media & Website: Trish Donoghue and Megan Jerrard, Australia
FICS, providing a wider reach globally to ensure every athlete has access to sports chiropractic!
Chair: Mika Janhunen, UK
Vice-Chair: Sanna Svensson, Sweden
Chanelle Scott-Crossley – Netherlands
Jesse Roberts – South Africa
Amy Carter – UK 2022 Student Scholarship
The Research Commission is responsible for:
- The promotion and encouragement of research in sports chiropractic and the dissemination of research to FICS members.
- Fostering and developing research in the area of sports chiropractic by creating a research agenda.
- Assisting with the development of recommended reading materials in the area of sports chiropractic.
- Managing the creation of research activities within the FICS membership.
Key attributes of members of the ResCo members include:
- A clinical background/focus on sports chiropractic
- Currently enrolled in a postgraduate research degree OR already possess one.
- An ability to perform short projects for FICS that may require a few hours per week from time to time.
- Good IT skillset (if possible)
- Connection/affiliation to sports chiropractic groups, students, research groups.
- Willing to work within a team of chiropractors striving to create evidence for sports chiropractic.
- Research publication track record (if possible) OR a willingness to obtain one (the ResCo will help).
Chair: Henry Pollard, Australia
Alex Lee – Canada
Claudio Merkier – UK
Lizandi Schorman – South Africa
Rachel Gilmore – USA
Freya Morgan – Germany
The Student Commission is responsible for:
- The creation of opportunities for students interested in sports chiropractic and the dissemination of information relating to education and opportunities.
- Managing the Student Scholarship Awards
Chair: Bronwyn Hunt – Canada
Vice-Chair: Kelsi Holz – South Africa – Vice-Chair, FICS Mentoring Program Coordinator, FSC African Liaison/ Coordinator
Olympic Scholarship Progam Coordinator – Jay Greenstein
- Kaila Alvarez – USA – ICSC study group and candidates’ liaison
- Jon Wilhelm – USA – FSC North American Liaison/ Coordinator
- Samuel Tiley – Wales – FICS Mentoring Program Coordinator, FSC European Liaison/ Coordinator
- Louisa Conradi- Wales – FSC European Liaison/ Coordinator, WCCS Liaison/ Coordinator
- Kong Hong Liang – Malaysia 2022 Student Scholarship – FSC Australasian Liaison/ Coordinator
- Devon Ackroyd – USA
Dr Alex Eatly (UK)
Finance Commission Chair
Dr Simon Lawson (South Africa)
Dr Nat Akmens (Australia)