Athlete’s Journey

Symposium Agenda

Lectures & breakout sessions.

Q&A with each speaker.

CE Credits

This program meets international standards for continuing education credits. You can earn up to 12.5 credits (recommended as one cannot attend “all” sessions due to concurrent breakout sessions).

Gaining Continual Education (CE) points depends on your ability/success in filing for CPD/CEU’s in your Country/Province/State. We would encourage you to contact your local National Chiropractic Council as the first point of contact to inquire what the process is within your country. Some countries have a self-assessment requirement and will provide you with the necessary application to fill in to apply for CE points.

To receive CE credits in South Africa, Europe and Australia you just need to register and watch the sessions. You can watch the recordings which will be available for up to 30 days after the live sessions. No post-session quiz is required.

  • South Africa: Symposium confirmed and registered with Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa  
  • Australia: Australia Sports Chiropractic
  • European Union: French Council of Sport Chiropractic
  • Emirates Chiropractic Association: Pending final written confirmation, however, they do not expect a problem. 


US Credits:

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To receive CE credits in US you must attend the session and complete the post-seminar quiz.  Each session will have five multiple-choice questions.

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Pre Symposium: May 7

ICSC Head Injury Update: Protocols and Procedures in the care of Head Injuries and Concussion

Instructors: Scott Howitt & Jordan Knowlton-Key

CE Credits: 2.5

Sports Chiropractors are required to complete an update in Head Injury in Concussion management every two years to be eligible to work at international events. This course will review the latest updates in concussion assessment and treatment. Examination of the concussed patient both on the field and off. Further examination of Visual ocular motor reflex examination procedures in the determination of the prodromal concussion. The learner will also be reacquainted with the onset, cause, and mechanism of concussion. Traumatic brain injury signs, symptoms and interventions will be detailed. Lastly, recognition of emergent head injury will be reviewed.

2.5 hour session:

  • 30 minutes – Mechanism of concussion
  • 30 minutes – VOMS assessments skills
  • 20 minutes – Head trauma recognition
  • 20 minutes – Concussion treatment protocols
  • 20 minutes – Concussion assessment skills on and off the field
  • 30 minutes – Epidural/subdural hematoma and cervical spine injury in the head

This update will be run twice as a LIVE session:

CE CREDITS: Upon completion of the session, participants will be required to complete a short multiple-choice question and answer quiz for completion.

RECORDING: Doctors who cannot attend the live session will have access to the recording and quiz, two weeks post-symposium. To be eligible for your renewal certificate the log in times for viewing the recording and the quiz must be completed within this time frame.


If you attend this session, you do not need to attend the second

Starts: 7 May 08:00 am BST (UTC +1)
Starts: 7 May 03:00 am EDT (UTC -4)
Starts: 7 May 17:00 pm AEST (UTC +10)


If you attend this session, you do not need to attend the first

Starts: 7 May 03:30 pm BST (UTC +1)
Starts: 7 May 10:30 am EDT (UTC -4)
Starts: 8 May 12:30 am AEST (UTC +10)

Carla Stecco
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Opening Ceremony


7 May 19:00 pm BST(UTC +1)
7 May 14:00 pm EDT (UTC-4)
8 May 04:00 am AEST (UTC +10)

Join FICS President Mustafa Agaoglu and FICS Secretary-General, Keith Overland, for our opening ceremony, and Symposium welcome.

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Opening Session: Women in Sport

Speaker: Mikaela Maria Antonia Cojuangco Jaworski (known as Mikee)

This 30-minute session with Mikaela is an inspirational story of a career full of awards, distinctions and achievements.  Mikaela will share her experience as an Olympic athlete, her sports career and the role which chiropractic care played in her success. She has a very deep and distinguished history of being an activist for women in sport and finally the honour of being on the executive board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Sports career:  Individual Jumping competition

IOC History:  Member of the following Commissions: Coordination for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020 in Tokyo (2014-2021), Women and Sport (2014-2015), Olympic Channel (2015-), Communications (2015-2019), Olympic Education (2015-), Evaluation for the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad (2016-2017), Evaluation for the Games of the XXXIV Olympiad (2017), Coordination for the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad in 2024 in Paris (2018-), appointed Chair of Olympic Education Commission (2019-), Future Host Commission of the Olympiad (2019-2020), IOC Executive Board Member (2020-) Chair of the Olympic Education Commission.

(30 minutes)

Starts: 7 May 19:30 pm BST (UTC +1)
Starts: 7 May 14:30 pm EDT (UTC -4)
Starts: 8 May 04:30 am AEST (UTC +10)

Managing Lower Limb Tendinopathy

Instructors: Jill Cook
CE Credits: 1

1 Hour live webinar lecture format 

  • 20 minutes: Why tendinopathy occurs
  • 20 minutes: Assessment tips
  • 20 minutes: Active and passive treatment of tendinopathy

(1 hour)
Starts: 7 May 20:00 pm BST (UTC +1) 
Starts: 7 May 15:00 pm EDT (UTC -4)
Starts: 8 May 05:00 am AEST (UTC +10)

Carla Stecco

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The Journey of the Athlete

Instructors: Christine Foss
CE Credits: 1

This lecture will take a look at the athlete’s journey.  Exploring injuries, treatment regimes, practice schedules and coaching demands. Discussing how the chiropractor can efficiently provide quality care to athletes of all levels while complying with documentation, good practice ethics and superior communication skills.  

  • 15 Minutes  – Intro to the athlete’s journey in sport.
  • 20 Minutes – Proper documentation on the field of play during and after athletic injury 
  • 20 Minutes – Looking at athletic injuries and how the chiropractor role is essential 
  •   5 Minutes – Questions

(1 hour)
Starts: 7 May 21:00 pm BST (UTC +1)
Starts: 7 May 16:00 pm EDT (UTC -4)
Starts: 8 May 06:00 am AEST (UTC +10)

Carla Stecco

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Panel Discussion: The Chiropractors journey from applications to ending ceremony of an international event

Panel Chair: Brian Nook
CE Credits: 1


Panel Members include:
Ulrik Sandstrom BSc, DC, ICSC; Kerrie-Ann Smith MTech Chiro (MCASA), ICCSP; Lotte Langhoff Chiropractor;  Kelley Humphries DC, MS, EMT-P, CSCS, ICCSP, CCSP, and Nav Sohi DC

This diverse and inclusive sports chiropractic panel will discuss how they got involved in international sport, their experience at events and why ever Doctor of Chiropractic should volunteer at FICS events as part of the sports chiropractic team.

(1 hour)
Starts: 7 May 22:00 pm BST (UTC +1) 
Starts: 7 May 17:00 pm EDT (UTC -4)
Starts: 8 May 07:00 am AEST (UTC +10)

Carla Stecco

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Skin as a Handle-Tweak Taping Concepts

Instructor: Steven Capobianco
CE Credits: 1

Utilizing tissue drag via tweak taping can be a powerful and effective technique for reducing pain while improving function and range of motion in specific areas of the body. We will dive deep into the mechanism behind the technique to gain an understanding as to exactly how tweak taping works, as well as demonstrate several strategies to tape different areas of the body and present a number of case studies to close the loop on this exciting taping technique. 


  1. Demonstrate the proposed mechanisms that make tweak taping an effective technique
  2. Utilize a simple evaluation process to identify the location and direction of tweak taping techniques
  3. Determine which patients and clients that are likely to respond well to tweak taping applications

(1 hour)
Starts: 8 May 00:30 am BST (UTC +1)
Starts: 7 May 19:30 pm EDT (UTC -4)
Starts: 8 May 09:30 am AEST (UTC +10)

Treatment Considerations for the Para Athlete

Instructor: Kelley Humphries
CE Credits: 1

This session will focus on unique considerations a health care professional should be aware of when working with Paralympic Athletes. The session will look at how the Doctor of Chiropractic can function as a member of a holistic medical team in various situations and roles.  The session will address the management of the relationship with the High-Performance teams, athlete, and international officials. The session will also spend time on Classification in the Paralympic Sport movement.

  1. Understand the role of the DC on the medical team
  2. Understand the importance of the Medical/High-Performance Team relationship
  3. Have a basic understanding of the Classification process

(1 hour)
Starts: 8 May 01:30 am BST (UTC +1)
Starts: 7 May 20:30 pm EDT (UTC -4)
Starts: 8 May 10:30 am AEST (UTC +10)

Carla Stecco

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Research Updates in Sports Chiropractic

Instructor: Henry Pollard
CE Credits: 1

Dr Pollard will present a discussion of the research completed by chiropractors to date on topics of: injury management, injury prevention, and performance enhancement. He will additionally outline current research efforts as well as plans for future sports chiropractic research.

He will complete his talk by describing important areas of research for chiropractors to pursue in order to promote and advance the special interest group of “sports chiropractic”.

(1 hour)
Starts: 8 May 02:30 am BST (UTC +1)
Starts: 7 May 21:30 pm EDT (UTC -4)
Starts: 8 May 11:30 am AEST (UTC +10)

Carla Stecco

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Breakout session 1.1
Percussion for Musculoskeletal Treatment

Instructor: Jason Pajaczkowski
CE Credits: 1

This one-hour presentation will be an evidence-informed lecture focused on the following topics: mechanisms of mechanotherapy (mechanical/mechanotransduction and neurophysiology), mechanisms and effects of vibration therapy (effect of frequency, and human responses to vibration) and the efficacy of vibration therapy for musculoskeletal injuries.  

(1 hour)
Starts: 8 May 03:30 am BST (UTC +1)
Starts: 7 May 22:30 pm EDT (UTC -4)
Starts: 8 May 12:30 pm AEST (UTC +10)

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Carla Stecco

Breakout session 1.2
Game Changers: New Research from the Past Year for Managing Common /sports Injuries

Instructor: Tim Bertelsman & Brandon Steele
CE Credits: none

For the past decade, Dr. Bertelsman and Dr. Steele have been harvesting best practice recipes from emerging literature. As new data is published, their team updates the corresponding condition management recipe. This fast-paced and entertaining 1-hour presentation will cover what the past 24 months of literature has revealed about the best practice management for the most common clinical presentations.

This presentation will include demonstrations of the essential skills for successfully managing the most common MSK complaints. This workshop will review current “best practices” for evaluating, treating, and directing simple in-office or home-based rehab. Attendees will leave this class with greater understanding and confidence about how to manage the most common presenting problems.

Course Learning Objectives

Attendees will leave with the following information:

  1. The ability to identify the included diagnoses via physical, neurological, functional, and orthopedic evaluation.
  2. Knowledge of current “best practice” treatment of these problems.
  3. Ability to improve outcomes by making the patient an active participant in their recovery through home exercise and ADL advice.

Course Outline

Review of current evidence-based literature regarding:

  • Conservative care efficiency
  • Spinal complaints
  • Extremity complaints
  • Complimentary medical management

(1 hour)
Starts: 8 May 03:30 am BST (UTC +1)
Starts: 7 May 22:30 pm EDT (UTC -4)
Starts: 8 May 12:30 pm AEST (UTC +10)

Brandon Steele
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Carla Stecco

Fascia and Pain

Instructor: Carla Stecco
CE Credits: 1

A review of fascia structure and function is the foundation of the lecture. Diving into the gross examination of the fascia, changes in fascia structure and matrix after injury. Further discussion on the interventions that are most compatible with the recovery of fascial injury.  Lastly, fascial research initiatives and updates that would reflect treatment protocols within the fascial layers.

  • 20 minutes – Discussion of fascial layers and the components of its matrix
  • 10 minutes – Research updates and discussion
  • 10 minutes – Plausible treatment interventions in fascial recovery
  • 20 minutes – Superficial, and deep fascial layer differentiation in treatment plans

(1 hour)
Starts: 8 May 14:00 pm BST (UTC +1)
Starts: 8 May 09:00 am EDT (UTC -4)
Starts: 8 May 23:00 pm AEST (UTC +10)

Carla Stecco

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Understanding Clinical Subgroups and Instability in People with Patellofemoral Pain

Instructor: Jim Richards
CE Credits: None

Research into the management of Patellofemoral Pain has shown that a significant proportion of individuals are unresponsive to treatment. This presentation will go through the presence of subgroups within the Patellofemoral Pain population and the use of targeted interventions to improve clinical outcomes in this patient group.

(1 hour)
Starts: 8 May 15:00 pm BST (UTC +1)
Starts: 8 May 10:00 am EDT (UTC -4)
Starts: 9 May 24:00 pm AEST (UTC +10)

Carla Stecco

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Breakout session 2.1
Breathing for Optimal Performance

Instructor: Mika Janhunen
CE Credits: 1

This lecture is a plunge into breathing physiology and the physiological effects of breathing well or “just breathing”, which can be the difference between winning the Olympic gold medal and not finishing the race, or not even making it to the race in the first place.

After the review of breathing we into the clues in the patient history that may alert the physician to an underlying breathing problem and progress into assessment and treatment of common breathing issues, and finally, we will finish with relevant rehabilitation.

The aim of this lecture is to enable the practitioner to better understand the importance of breathing on the whole body and its effects on sports performance as well as injury prevention.

(1 hour)
Starts: 8 May 16:00 pm BST (UTC +1)
Starts: 8 May 11:00 am EDT (UTC -4)
Starts: 9 May 01:00 am AEST (UTC +10)

Breakout session 2.2
Taping Athletes with Certainly and Knowledge

Instructor: Martin Isaksson
CE Credits: 1

This lecture will dive deep into understanding how to incorporate research, clinical reasoning, and neurology into taping athletes for pain, movement, and function. The sports chiropractor will be exposed to different concepts of thought within the fascial research community—the understanding of facia and skin and how it affects the athlete’s function and movement. 

  •    5 Minutes – Intro to taping
  •  15 Minutes – Research and application of kinesiology taping
  •  15 Minutes – Understand how fascia and skin are connected
  •  15 Minutes – Research and application of dynamic tape
  •    5 Minutes – Understand when its applicable to use rigid tape
  •    5 Minutes – Questions


(1 hour)
Starts: 8 May 16:00 pm BST (UTC +1)
Starts: 8 May 11:00 am EDT (UTC -4)
Starts: 9 May 01:00 am AEST (UTC +10)

Breakout session 3.1

The Role of Tissue Prep in Rehab and Recovery.

Focus on Rotator Cuff Lesions — Treating the Cause (posture, stiffness & more)

Instructor: Kevin Wilk
CE Credits: 1

  • 25 minutes – Rehabilitation & Return to Guidelines for the Overhead Athlete: Male & Females
  • 15 minutes – Soft Tissue Techniques, Tools & Tricks to Improve Mobility & Range of Motion
  • 10 minutes – Case Presentations
  • 10 minutes – Open Discussions & Questions/Answers

(1 hour)
Starts: 8 May 17:00 pm BST (UTC +1)
Starts: 8 May 12:00 pm EDT (UTC -4)
Starts: 9 May 02:00 am AEST (UTC +10)

Carla Stecco

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Breakout session 3.2

Homeopathic Protocols for Sports Injuries & Post-Concussive Syndrome

Instructor: Heidi Weinhold
CE Credits: 1

Homeopathy plays a role in treating concussions to help immediately reduce swelling, inflammation, and to provide symptomatic relief.   Dr. Weinhold was first introduced to the effectiveness of Homeopathy for Concussions by the late Barb Dively, Past President & Executive Director of the Acquired Brain Injury Network of Pennsylvania and Dr. Michael Reece ND.  When conventional care failed to help, many members of ABIN-PA used homeopathic remedies for acute brain injury and long-term recovery.  Some of the reported symptoms that improved after taking homeopathy included: Brain Fog, Confusion, Headaches, Difficulty focusing, and head heaviness.

  • Review Homeopathic Protocols to help improve focus, decrease headaches, and speed recovery time following a concussion.
  • Provide a handout for Chiropractic Physician’s listing the five most commonly prescribed Homeopathic medicines to prescribe to help a patient recover from a Sports Injury.
  • Provide a Handout for medical providers listing the five most commonly prescribed Homeopathic medicines when a patient has suffered a concussion with confusion and difficulty focusing.
  • Include a couple of case studies.

(1 hour)
Starts: 8 May 17:00 pm BST (UTC +1)
Starts: 8 May 12:00 pm EDT (UTC -4)
Starts: 9 May 02:00 am AEST (UTC +10)

Carla Stecco

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Breakout session 4.1

Functional Taping

Instructor: Ryan Kendrick
CE Credits: 1

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the evolution of taping approaches, aims and evidence base.
  • Recognise the limitations of each approach with regard to managing load, movement & function.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the fundamentals of achieving a mechanical effect with tape, its indications and technique development.
  • Recognise the comprehensive assessment and clinical reasoning required and how this applies to developing the aim of the technique as well as the technique itself in an evidence directed manner.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of several clinical scenarios where taping biomechanically would be warranted and effective.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of where to access further resources to develop biomechanical taping skills further.

10 min – Traditional taping approaches and evidence base
10 min – Load/force as a driver of pathology, pain, movement & function Clinical opportunities for biomechanical
10 min – Taping; What we are NOT doing; What we are doing; Fundamentals of taping mechanically; Technique 
Development Flowchart
10 min – An introduction to MECHANISMS – affecting KINETICS vs KINEMTICS Clinical Examples; Research to
10 min – Example 1 – Subtalar Joint mechanics and arch support taping;  Example 2 – Hip Adduction/Internal Rotation & Dynamic Knee Valgus
10 min – Summary – An Active Approach; Questions

(1 hour)
Starts: 8 May 18:00 pm BST (UTC +1)
Starts: 8 May 13:00 pm EDT (UTC -4)
Starts: 9 May 03:00 am AEST (UTC +10)

Carla Stecco

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Breakout session 4.2

Epigentics in Sports Performance

Instructor: Robert Silverman 
CE Credits: 1

  • What determines health and performance for our athletes
  • What best describes epigenetics
  • Which APOE has the highest predictability for Alzheimer’s disease
  • What MTHFR gene mutation may increase the risk of
  • Wavelengths which have the most positive effect on cells

(1 hour)
Starts: 8 May 18:00 pm BST (UTC +1)
Starts: 8 May 13:00 pm EDT (UTC -4)
Starts: 9 May 03:00 am AEST (UTC +10)

Carla Stecco

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Strength Assessment of the Running Athlete

Instructor: Luke Nelson
CE Credits: 1

This seminar will detail how to execute a strength assessment for the running athlete. Protocols, procedures and interventions that would aid in the success of the running athlete.  Beginning with initial consultation and analysis of gait to the dynamic evaluation of the athlete.

  •  15 minutes – What are the strength requirements for a running athlete
  • 20 minutes – Which muscle groups are most important for the running athlete
  • 25 minutes – How to assess strength in the clinic

(1 hour)
Starts: 8 May 19:00 pm BST (UTC +1)
Starts: 8 May 14:00 pm EDT (UTC -4)
Starts: 9 May 04:00 am AEST (UTC +10)

Innovative Patient Care and Their Revenue Streams

Session Chair: Paul Timko

Jay Greenstein, Kaizo Health
Paul Timko, Stopain Clinical
Eric Fernandez, Hyperice

An Athletes Journey Starts at Home — Providing Athletes and Patients with Access (at Home) to World Class Products and Solutions.

Join us for a fun, high-energy discussion with several of our FICS Partners on the importance of offering professional products and solutions in your clinic. Learn how to leverage these solutions to improve both clinical and financial outcomes while ensuring the athletes in your community have access to the products used by the World’s greatest athletes.

..And the best part about attending a session hosted by product manufacturers is that there will be plenty of prizes and exclusive opportunities! Don’t miss out!

(1 hour)
Starts: 8 May 20:00 pm BST (UTC +1)
Starts: 8 May 15:00 pm EDT (UTC -4)
Starts: 9 May 05:00 am AEST (UTC +10)

Show Casing Exhibit Hall

(1 hour)
Starts: 8 May 21:00 pm BST (UTC +1)
Starts: 8 May 16:00 pm EDT (UTC -4)
Starts: 9 May 06:00 am AEST (UTC +10)

Join FICS Secretary-General, Keith Overland, as we showcase the exhibitors and all the great sports chiropractic products


Closing  Ceremony


(1 hour)
Starts: 8 May 22:00 pm BST (UTC +1)
Starts: 8 May 17:00 pm EDT (UTC -4)
Starts: 9 May 07:00 am AEST (UTC +10)


Join FICS President Mustafa Agaoglu and Vice President Brad Sandler for our closing ceremony, and awards session where we will recognise a number of volunteers for their service to the profession.