Commissions

FICS is supported by eight (8) Commissions which are the tactical/operational units and perform the activities required for the Executive to meet the operational objectives of FICS. They create programs of work to deliver specific outcomes and report directly to the Executive Management Team.

The Commissions are to:

  • ensure that the highest standards of governance are observed at all times;
  • oversee and monitor planned performance against strategic objectives and targets;
  • ensure the Commission acts in accordance with industry best practices where possible;
  • ensure that it conducts its dealings in an open, responsive and accountable manner;
  • provides expert advice and guidance on matters relevant to the objectives of the Commission; and
  • have regular quarterly meetings to update the ExCo on the activities and performance of the Commission.

To contact any of the commission chairs below, email: admin@ficsport.org

The Corporate Social Responsibility Commission was created to drive socially responsible programs through sports chiropractic internationally. The Commission serves to help underserved individuals and communities through outreach in healthcare services and beyond. The Commission also houses the World Olympian Scholarship Program (WOSP). The WOSP serves to connect Olympic athletes from around the world to chiropractic educational programs to help these athletes receive scholarships to participating programs. Our Commission also serves to provide an ethics policy for providers of sports chiropractic around the globe.

Social Responsibility

FICS is committed to enhancing society internationally. This Commission serves to provide not only sports chiropractic services to underserved communities, but also to provide educational programs to assist in sustaining communities worldwide. Formulating strategic partnerships is at the cornerstone of this commission and drives results creating positive impact for communities worldwide.

World Olympian Scholarship Program:

In the spirit of the Olympic Movement and in partnership with ten of our Chiropractic Institutions, we at FICS are honoured to support education for Olympians worldwide by providing the “World Olympian Scholarship Program” to Olympians who are academically qualified and interested in pursuing a career in Chiropractic. Olympians selected for this program will serve as an Ambassador for the Olympic Movement and as an advocate for Chiropractic through how the profession fundamentally enhanced the Olympian’s athletic pursuit.

Currently, there are 10 schools participating in this program, 9 in the US and 1 in Canada and to date 6 schools have signed an MOU with FICS and the Olympian. All offer a full academic scholarship with the exception of the school in Canada, whereby they offer a 1/2 scholarship. We are grateful to all the participating institutions and will continue to approach additional chiropractic institutions to join the 10 now providing scholarships.

To date, a number of Olympians have graduated and are now seeing patients including athletes at the Olympian level. Those graduating are from Jamaica, Australia, Canada and the US. We have additional potential candidates wishing to enter the program from Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe.

Ethics:

Sports chiropractic ethics is at the forefront of FICS’ values and value proposition. Ethical considerations encompass our strategic partnerships, relationships with other sports and healthcare organizations around the globe, and most certainly in our provider-patient relationships. A copy of our ethics policy can be obtained by e-mail from admin@ficsport.org.

Chair: Jay Greenstein, DC, USA

Vice Chairs:
Ethics: Todd Reiter, DC, MD – USA
CSR: Phoebe Henry, DC – Australia
WOSP: Brian Seaman, DC – USA

Commission Members:
Angela Salcedo, DC – USA
John Downes, DC – USA
Lorenzo Campagna – Australia

CSR News


The 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 recognised 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 use 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 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.

FICS, providing a wider reach globally to ensure every athlete
has access to sports chiropractic!

Chair: Sanna Svensson, Sweden

Commission Members:
Amy Bowzaylo – Kingdom of Bahrain
Philippe Fleuriau – France
Aidan Kaye – USA
Chanelle Scott-Crossley – South Africa

Commission News and Updates

The FICS Marketing Commission is working on updating strategies, reviewing branding, new logo and getting ready to launch the new FICS website.

Sanna Svensson said “We are currently working on three different strategies for the organisation, one on marketing, one on communication and the final one on social media. We are in the process of redesigning a logo for FICS, looking at more interactive ways to deliver the quarterly E-news, and in the final stages of the redevelopment of the FICS website. This is an exciting and busy year for the Marketing Commission!”

This 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 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: Tim Stark, USA

Vice Chair: Beth Antoine, USA

Commission Members:
Brian Nook – USA
Scott Howitt – Canada
Kaz Isa – Japan
Kay Pearce – UK
Charmaine Korporaal – South Africa
Steve Smilkstein – South Africa

The Finance Commission (FinCom) manages the operational activities associated with FICS finances. The commissions 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 organisation 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 organisational infrastructure.

The Finance Commission is responsible for:

  • 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.

Chair: Mika Janhunen, UK

Vice Chair:

Commission Members:
Brian Nook – USA
Charmaine Daniels – Vanuatu
Shane Lawlor -Ireland
Alex Eatly – UK

The 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 step wise process towards Olympic/IOC Accreditation.
  • Develop relationship with GAISF to include involvement in GAISF Games.
  • Develop relationship 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 organisers 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 organisations 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 is responsible for the organisation, 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

Vice Chairs:
Games: Tim Ray – USA
IWGA/GAISF Liaison: Brian Nook – USA

Commission Members:
Mercedes D’Acosta (South American & Caribbean Rep) – Mexico
Martin Camara (Asian Rep) – Philippines
Craig Couillard (USA/North American Rep) – USA
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
Christine Foss (North American Rep) – USA

The 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

Commission Members:
Gillian Johnston – South Africa
Mateusz Nowacki – Poland
Martin Isaksson – Sweden
Aleisha Serrano – Puerto Rico

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 sport chiropractic.
  • Managing the creation of Research activities within the FICS membership.

Chair: Stephen Perle, USA

Commission Members:
Henry Pollard, PhD – Australia
Alexandra Ruhe, DC, PhD – Germany
Matthew Stevens, DC, PhD – Australia
Alex Lee, DC – Canada
Melissa Corso – Canada

Research

Low cost Online Courses on Evidence Informed Practice

Schneider et al (1) published a paper on US chiropractors’ attitudes, skills and use of evidence informed practice. This paper is part of a study that used an online educational program to teach DCs evidence informed practice. This education program was designed by researchers at Northwestern Health Sciences University as part of a grant from the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at the National Institutes of Health. Those researchers have move to the University of Minnesota. The program has moved there, and the modules are offered for low fees (10-15USD). FICS encourages its member chiropractors to avail themselves of this very valuable resource. It is called Foundations Of Evidence Informed Practice and can be found here:

https://www.csh.umn.edu/research/foundations-evidence-informed-practice-modules

1. Schneider MJ, Evans R, Haas M, Leach M, Hawk C, Long C, et al. US chiropractors’ attitudes, skills and use of evidence-based practice: A cross-sectional national survey. Chiropr Man Therap. 2015;23(1):16.

Dr Stephen Perle
FICS Chair, Research Commission

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

Co-Chairs:
Nicolaas Tjaart Van Der Merwe – South Africa
Gillian Johnston – South Africa

Commission Members:
Tanya Higgs – Australia
Kaila Alvarez – USA
Bronwyn Hunt – Australia
Carly Zuehlke – Netherlands