International Certificate in Sports Chiropractic (ICSC) program
Accredited Sports Chiropractic Schools
In order to undertake the International Certificate in Sports Chiropractic (ICSC) with FICS you are required to be a graduate of an accredited chiropractic program or be in your final year of study.
What is the ICSC Program
The International Certificate in Sports Chiropractic (ICSC) program produces a well-rounded individual chiropractor that is qualified to work at sporting events throughout the world. Furthermore, it is the minimum qualification required to be part of a FICS chiropractic delegation at regional sporting events, international events such as the regional and world championships, the World Games, or the Olympic Games.
There are three parts that need to be completed to achieve the ICSC accreditation.
– Complete the Upper and Lower Limb hands on seminars
– Complete the els online learning – 10 learning modules
– Complete your clinical in field experience.
Where and When is ICSC program
The ICSC program is a postgraduate certification program that is a combination of self-directed distance learning via an electronic learning system (eLS) and two-weekend seminars (hand-on modules). Members can sign up to the eLS anytime and undertake this in their own time. The faculty for the seminars consists of internationally prominent sports chiropractors with extensive experience in treating athletes at international sporting events. FICS facilitate on average 10 seminars a year in partnership with the NCSC’s in as many different locations around the world as possible..
I already have a degree Who needs this ICSC?
One of FICS primary objectives is promoting excellence in postgraduate education and practice in sports chiropractic worldwide, in part through the development of postgraduate sports chiropractic programs. FICS’s aim is to set an appropriate minimum standard in theoretical and practical sports chiropractic education for chiropractors wanting to develop special competence in the field of sports chiropractic and to be qualified to serve on FICS teams, at international sporting events.
It is mandatory to have an ICSC and be a member of FICS, to be selected for a FICS team appointed to an international event. This is necessary to assure the games organizers and the athletes that all doctors on the team are properly qualified and experienced, and to promote the professionalism and future of sports chiropractic. This is what differentiates FICS members from other attending professionals.
How much does it cost?
Full details of the price of this course are outlined in section 6 of the ICSC Program Manual. The ICSC accreditation is your link to having the chance to work at some outstanding International Games which may include the Olympics. Payment plans details in ICSC Program Manual
What about Advanced Standing?
Those members who hold a CCSP, DACBSP, FRCCSS(C) or qualifying master’s degree in human performance, Sports Science or equivalent can apply for advanced standing towards the ICSC. ** If you have any questions on whether your postgraduate Master’s degree is acceptable please email FICS with an outline of your qualification at email@example.com. Full details of advanced standing are located in the ICSC Program Manual information
Why should I do this ICSC Certificate?
Your time as a volunteer at games has many rewards:
Comradery, experience with multisport injuries, working at International games with International athletes, generosity, gratitude from athletes and event organizers, networking with other professions working at games. The friendships and networks you make with athletes, sports chiropractors from around the world are priceless.
You join a truly worldwide movement and are spreading the benefits of sports chiropractic to even more corners of the world, showing the role which, we play in supporting athletes.
Not a FICS Member?
**For Non-members we encourage you to register with your local NCSC or register with FICS as an individual member. FICS membership cost as an individual is USD 125.00 annually. If you join an NCSC, this includes your FICS membership cost.
How do I start?
There is no particular order you need to undertake the requirements in. Register for the els module via the e-learning portal below.
Register for the seminars to start your hands-on modules.
Download the clinical experience spreadsheet and start gathering your clinic experience hours, or you can choose to get a letter from the team you are working with or a case study. Reg the ICSC Program Manual for further information.
Upper & Lower Extremity Hands-on: Refer to the hands-on seminar tab for locations or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a seminar near you. Gaining Continual Professional Development points for the ICSC modules which you have just completed depends on your ability/success in filing for CPD/CEU’s in your Country/Province/State.
Contact Us: email email@example.com
FICS admin is located in Australia and emails will be acknowledged within 48 working hours.
Frequently asked questions
Why was there a price increase from 1 October 2019 for FICS Members?
The price increase was representative of the newly designed program and lends itself to the improved quality and current information in the ICSC program. FICS has made efforts to keep our costs at an affordable rate while limiting annual increases. It is not uncommon to see tuition costs increase at rates of 2%-10% per year (https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/10/25/tuition-and-fees-still-rising-faster-aid-college-board-report-shows). FICS had not increased the price of the e-learning courses since 2010 and this 25% increase falls in that lower range (2.5% per year). FICS wants to provide the highest quality and most current sports chiropractic information to our members and train high-quality doctors.
Do I need a textbook?
The required textbook for the eLS is no longer required. All the updated information is built into the current online learning on the ICSC eLS site.
If you want to become a member of FICS so that I can attend the seminars at a reduced fee where can I find more information on this? Go to our Membership page for more information on how to become a member of FICS. Consider joining your local NCSC. You can also join FICS as an individual member for $125 USD. Download application from the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: All amounts will be processed in USD Dollars equivalence based on the day’s exchange rate of the day. FICS is not responsible for international or bank fees charged to your account as a result of these transactions.
For more information about transferring to the new education program, email FICS administrative office: email@example.com. We will undertake an individual assessment of where you are up to and let you know what is needed to complete.
Do I need an ICSC to participate on a FICS sports chiropractic team at an international event? Yes, you need to have an ICSC and be a member of FICS to be selected for a FICS team. This is necessary to assure the games organizers and the athletes that all doctors on the team are properly qualified and experienced, and to promote the professionalism and future of sports chiropractic.
The education commission is working hard with a small group of experts from around the world to look at options of offering webinars and other online resources to our members. Keep an eye on the FICS website and Facebook, where we will keep you informed as development occur. Below are some to get you started as we build this resource.
MasterClass with Jay Greenstein USA
Podcasts with Mika Janhunen UK
Want a short course or workshop in your area
FICS has members all around the world who are available to give their time to students and professional and deliver short workshops in the latest techniques and hands on applications to our stgudents and members.
Contact us: Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to host a short half day workshop.
February 2020 FICS held a workshop for the students at Murdoch University, Perth Australia on the art of assessment of the athlete. Here is what they had to say about the workshop.
Feedback from Student Corey Rodger, Murdoch University “First of all big thanks to Dr Isaksson and Dr Lourie for their time and providing some valuable insight into the world of sports chiropractic at no expense!”Personally I found the workshop informative and interesting and I find it very motivating when interacting with chiropractors such as Dr Isaksson and Dr Lourie who are very passionate about the profession and obviously love what they do, and are driven to get results with their patients and not simply ‘run a business’.
I specifically enjoyed learning about the pain science/kinematics and biomechanics when addressing an athlete in regard to their sport and in observation. Much of the content opened my thought process up to many more aspects that need to be taken into account when working with patients and not just addressing the aspect of their pain. At Murdoch it seems we are taught much of how things work but not the why and how to apply theory into practice. I would very much like further workshops to learn more about the observation of athletes and understanding what we are looking for and why it’s significant to treating the athlete and the outcome that can be controlled.
Further workshops to consolidate on and apply the learning from the initial workshop and future ones if so would be fantastic as I believe any opportunity to learn from 2 very experienced chiropractors will be of massive benefit to develop my learning and ability to treat the human body.I know Dr Lourie plans on running fortnightly adjusting workshops at the Kelmscott clinic which would be interesting if we could use them to apply what we learn in the workshops from weekends, but that’s just food for thought. I also spoke with a couple students from Murdoch that were unaware of the workshop but were very interested, so I believe if there are future workshops that there is a good chance that more students would show which is good for the profession. Much thanks, Corey Rogers“