International Certificate in Sports Chiropractic (ICSC)

Below is all the information about the highly-acclaimed and exclusive International Certificate in Sports Chiropractic (ICSC)Sports Chiropractors must complete their ICSC before being selected to provide care at Sporting Federation Games.

There is three pathways to being ICSC certified. 

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Pathway 1 - Full ICSC learning

The International Certificate in Sports Chiropractic (ICSC) program offers an individual chiropractor the credentials required to work at FICS events worldwide. It is the minimum qualification required to be part of a FICS chiropractic delegation at regional sporting events, and international events such as The World Games or Olympics. 

Eligibility: In order to apply for the ICSC you must fulfil the following criteria:

  1. Be a qualified chiropractor from a qualified chiropractic graduate from a CCEI or CCE recognised/accredited institution. Click here for accredited programs. 
  2. Undergraduate students in or entering their final year can complete the hands-on seminars and the online learning component of the course.

To achieve the ICSC accreditation**

  1. Hands-on seminars – Each of the upper and lower extremity seminars is approximately 20-hour. The seminars include the treatment of common sports injuries, joint assessment and manipulation, soft-tissue applications, review of head injuries in sport, and taping. 
  2. ICSC online learning – The eLS consists of ten modules. There are quizzes and a final exam which has a pass mark of  90% 
  3. Working with athletes –  You will be required to provide evidence of experience working with athletes in a sporting setting via a logbook, a letter from a high-performance team coach/administrator, or a written case study. For classification purposes: Working with a team of 10-year-old soccer children is NOT considered high performance. Working with a secondary school or club team that competes against other club teams to improve their ranks in a league, etc., counts as high performance.
  4. CPR You must provide evidence of having completed a CPR qualification, within the last two years.
  5. Degree evidence Your application completion submission must have evidence of your chiropractic degree and also license to practice.

 **Chiropractors with ICCSP/ ICCSD who would like to update their certification to ISCS, please complete the Head Injury In Sport ICSC Module to fulfil your final requirements

The professional clinical experience must be completed after you have graduated as a chiropractor. 

** Ref the postdoctoral recognition section for information on expedite certification. 

Pathway 1: In this short 2 minute video, Dr Christine Foss, FICS Education Chair, will take you through the ICSC online learning modules and what is contained in this portion of the ICSC certification. This part of the training is completed on the FICS online learning platform. To purchase these courses go to the shop bundles. 

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Pathway 2 - Expedited Process
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Members who hold a postdoctoral sports-specific chiropractic degree are considered for expedited certification.  Members who hold postdoctoral sports-specific chiropractic accreditation may request a review of credentials for consideration of expedite certification. To be recognised by FICS, the content of other degrees, fellowships, or certificates would need to contain specifically the treatment of athletes, assessment of injuries on and off the field of play, concussion protocols, head trauma, facial injury assessment as well as care and imaging of sports injuries. If you are not sure about your degree and what you need to complete for the awarding of the ICSC, send a copy of your degree and transcript to admin@ficsport.org and we will assist you with the requirements you need to complete.

The expedited process provides doctors holding a recognised postdoctoral degree with complete educational content in their quest for the ICSC certification. This process considered the education scope and sequence needed to attain the ICSC and the best pathway for doctors to gain all needed content to cover an international certification.

Therefore, to qualify for the ICSC doctors will be required to complete three learning components:

  • FICS Upper Extremity Live Hands-on Module Course (This course include the concussion and head injury update). Ref before for additional information about this module.##
  • FICS Module ICSC09 (Cultural Diversity); and
  • FICS Module ICSC10 (International Sports Chiropractic)

At the time of registration for the Upper Extremity course, doctors will automatically be given ICSC10 for no extra charge, however, you will need to go to the FICS shop to purchase ICSC09

## How is the Upper extremity course different from the one which I recently completed with the CCSP program? The upper limb e-learning module is detailed information on particular injuries, mechanisms of injury, prevalence, research, and grading scales. This lays the foundational work that the hands-on module builds on. The hands-on module is the capstone of the ICSC online learning content.

Additional evidence required at the time of completion: 

  • CPR or equivalent credentials – not more than two years old;
  • A copy of your transcript or diploma from your accredited chiropractic institution;
  • Current chiropractic license and copy of your diploma.
  • Evidence working with athletes

FICS acknowledges the following to expedite ICSC requirements**

  • Masters of Sports Science and Rehabilitation degree
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Science (Canada)
  • Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (USA)
  • DACBSP® – American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (USA)
  • Diplomate in Sports Chiropractic (USA)
  • IFEC Sports Chiropractic Program, (France)

**The acceptable master’s program for advanced standing is sports medicine. The Masters in Exercise and Sport Science degree DOES NOT qualify. The missing curriculum is sports injury assessment of the upper and lower limb, emergency care of the athlete concussion, and imaging of the athlete.

Pathway 3 - ICCSD - ICCSP Holders

International Chiropractic Sports Diploma (ICCSD)  2002-2016. FICS developed the ICCSD in response to the need to support an internationally recognised certification. This accreditation became an essential educational tool for chiropractic in countries that did not have a national sports organisation and, to this day, continues to fill that role.

International Chiropractic in Sports Practitioner (ICCSP) 2016-2019.  In 2016, FICS updated the accreditation to recognise changes in content and a shift to moving the content to an online format.

International Certificate in Sports Chiropractic (ICSC) 2019 – Current. The change to the ICSC post-nominal was made to alleviate trademark debate/issue that has raised its head over time with the wording of other certifications. The ICSC is now a wholly-owned FICS certification that enables Sports Chiropractors members of an NCSC or an individual member to attend the International Federated Games, where FICS has been invited to provide Sports Chiropractic care.  The entire e-learning (theory) program is housed in the FICS environment so that FICS can have complete control and make regular updates to the content to ensure it represents best practice and remains current at all times, without further name changes.

WHAT DO ICCSD & ICCSP holders need to transition to the ICSC?  Candidates who hold an ICCSD or ICCSP need to undertake several online modules to ensure their knowledge and skills are up to date. This process considered the education scope of the current ICSC material and the best pathway for doctors to gain all the needed content to cover this international certification.

Therefore, to qualify for the ICSC, doctors will be required to complete three learning components:

  • FICS Module ICSC01 (Head Injuries in Sport)
  • FICS Module ICSC04 (Emergency Procedures); and
  • FICS Module ICSC10 (International Sports Chiropractic)

Additional evidence required at the time of completion: 

  • CPR or equivalent credentials – not more than two years old;
  • Current chiropractic license to practice
  • Copy of your ICCSD or ICCSP.
  • Evidence working with athletes

** if your accreditation is more than eight (8) years old, in addition to the above, you must undertake the following to update your knowledge and currency.

  • One (1) hands-on seminar. Upper or Lower Extremity
  • ICSC09 – Cultural Diversity

Now is a great time to become a certified sports chiropractor! Take a look at the program and start the journey!  We are here to help you through the process and assist you in becoming a specialist in sports chiropractic. 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. Click here for accredited Programs registered with CCEI

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ICSC Delivery Methods

Online learning (eLS)  You can sign up at any stage and complete the program material in any order.
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Hands-on Seminars: 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, ten seminars per year in partnership with the NCSC’s in as many different locations around the world as possible. FICS is embracing a combination of a hybrid delivery for the hands-on seminars, with the theory section presented online before hands-on experience.
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ICSC Program Cost

.00CURRENCY NOTICE:  Stripe Financial services company is the credit card facility that FICS use within their shop to accept credit card payments. All courses, seminars, and events are advertised in (Swiss Franc) CHF. All credit card payments attract a 1.3% surcharge to cover the credit card charges and are in addition to the course fee. 

Members who would like to undertake a direct bank transfer can reach out to admin@ficsport.org and we will raise an invoice with bank transfer details on it.

Members’ discounts are offered from time to time and will be listed in the FICS shop. 

  • Online Learning, ten modules – 2,500.00
  • Bundles are available for smaller financial outlay. The bundles are groups of two courses at a time for 500.00 per bundle. (5 bundles = same outlay as if you brought the full 10 upfront)
  • **Upper Extremity Hands-on Seminar – starting at 500.00 
  • **Lower Extremity Hands-on Seminar – starting at 500.00
  • Expedite Pathway (ref postdoctoral recognition section) as per the price of module ICSC01, ICSC09, and ICSC10 (as listed in the FICS shop https://fics.sport/shop-course/) plus a 65.00 CHF  administrative fee payable at the time of final review. 

** pricing of the seminar varies depending on the location and the hosting country. Members and Student pricing is offered at all seminars.

Student discount: Students can reach out to FICS or the Student Commission for a 20% discount code.  The hands-on seminars all have student prices advertised at the time of registration. Students will be required to provide evidence that they are enrolled student in a Chiropractic Program and in their last year of study or within the first year of graduation.

Working with Athletes Requirements

***Evidence of working with Athletes.

Professional experience – You can choose to demonstrate your practical experience working with athletes via one of two options.

  1. Documenting at least 50 different athletic injuries and treatments. If you choose this method of demonstrating professional experience, you can download this spreadsheet from the FICS website. (found in the education section)
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    FICS clinical experience spreadsheet – Download a copy of the Clinical Experience template
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  2. Provide a letter in English on a letterhead from a high‐performance team coach/administrator confirming that you have been their team chiropractor for at least one entire season. High performance implies the team you are working with is competitive. Ref below for the requirements of the letter. For classification purposes: Working with a team of 10‐year‐old soccer children is NOT considered high performance; However, working with a secondary school or club team that competes against other club teams to improve their ranks in a league is considered high performance.

The below example is for a letter outlining your practical experience with athletes.

It is essential that you have worked with athletes in the field. Working with athletes in your clinic, contact our Education Commission Chair for a discussion on your particular experience or email admin@ficsport.org, and we will pass this on for a ruling. 

Please consider the following if you provide a letter for your Evidence instead of a training log.

  1. Format: All letters MUST be in English 
  2. Letterhead: The letter must be on a club or professional letterhead to match the club or person providing the reference. The athlete must list their full name, sport, and contact details if the letter is from an athlete.
  3. Team level: Example: National, State, Local) and sport/s.
  4. Service period and outline of duration (Example: 2021 season, covering training twice a week and game days = on average xxx hours per week.)
  5. Your skills: To include your teamwork skills;
    roles and responsibilities;
    communication with athletes; and
    position within the team (for example, only Chiropractor or working in a team of XX with another Chiropractor, Physio, Doctor etc.).
  6. Contact details include the person’s contact details to verify the letter and provide additional follow-up if required.

Don’t forget to get the letter signed.

Below is an EXAMPLE ONLY: Please ensure all fields are included in your submission letter to avoid delay in processing your evidence. 

preferably letterhead if from a club.
Date
Person Name signing the letter
Position
Full clubs name
Contact details. An email will suffice.

This letter is to confirm that (Your Name) worked on the (Type of sport) medical team for the (event). Dr (your name) was an integral part of the team that worked on the professional  (sport) athletes. Dr (your name)  demonstrated professionalism, a strong work ethic and an excellent bedside manner and skill set in working in a multi-disciplinary medical tent.

Event
Full name and dates of any events relevant to your letter of support.

Job responsibilities

  • List whether you were a member of the team of multi-disciplinary professional health or the sole medical staff member providing care for a participant athlete/s
  • List all job responsibilities you had for the event referred to in this letter of support.

Treatment options include:

  • Specific Chiropractic spinal and extremity manipulations
  • Soft tissue treatment including Graston instrument-assisted mobilization active release therapy
  • Passive, active and resisted stretches and PNF Cryotherapy
  • Kinesiology taping
  • Soft tissue myofascial release therapies Mechanical soft tissue release

It must be signed by the person submitting the letter, with their email address to allow verification and follow up. 

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ICSC - Get started today

All requirements must be completed within three years from the date of enrolment. We know that life gets in the way our best intentions, therefore extensions may be granted in extenuating circumstances.

Start in any order:

  • Register for the online learning modules via the FICS courses page
  • View seminar schedule to plan your most convenient hands-on seminar. Hand-on seminar schedule. 
  • Start recording your hours working with an athlete.**  You will be required to submit one of the following:

**To be eligible to be awarded the ICSC, doctors need to provide evidence that they have clinical experiences working with athletes and experience treating and assessing a range of different injuries.

Hands-on seminars.  Refer to the hands-on seminar tab for locations.

Contact Us: FICS admin is located in Australia and emails will be acknowledged within 48 working hours admin@ficsport.org.

ICSC - Completion Documentation

Once you have all your evidence together, it’s time to send this to us via email admin@ficsport.org. FICS will undertake the necessary checks and verification of your evidence. Please allow up to three-four working weeks for a ruling.

Pathway 1 – Full course documents: 

  1. Download and save your els digital completion certificates for each module.
  2. Attach a copy of your upper and lower seminar completion certificates.
  3. Your practical experience working with athletes. ****Ref format notes in the example provided. 
  4. Provide a copy of current certification in CPR or equivalent credentials in emergency procedures – not more than two years old.
  5. Copy of transcript or diploma from a CCEI accredited chiropractic institution.
  6. Current chiropractic license/registration

Pathway 2 – Expedited process documents:

  • ICSC E-Learning –  Module ICSC09 & ICSC10
  • ICSC Seminar – Upper Extremity Seminar
  • Evidence of your practical experience working with athletes
  • CPR or equivalent credentials – not more than two years old;
  • A copy of transcript or diploma from your accredited chiropractic institution;
  • Current chiropractic license and copy of your diploma.

Pathway 3 – Update from ICCSD or ICCSP documents:

  • ICSC E-Learning –  Module ICSC01, ICSC04, ICSC10
  • Evidence of your practical experience working with athletes
  • CPR or equivalent credentials – not more than two years old;
  • Copy of your ICCSD or ICCSP
  • Current chiropractic license and copy of your diploma.
ICSC - Frequently asked questions

Student discount: Students can reach out to FICS to apply for a discount on the eLS. The hands-on seminars all have student prices advertised at the time of registration. Students will be required to provide evidence that they are enrolled student in a chiropractic program and in their last year of study or within the first year of graduation. 

Do I need a Textbook? The required textbook for the eLS is no longer necessary. The eLS system presents the latest and current information. Online learning caters to the individual learning styles and allows FICS the ability to continue to build on our learning platforms catering to the diverse membership. It will enable FICS to update information as new research comes to light and introduce different tools and resources for language functions and hear audio translations.    

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 working at International games. This is necessary to assure the games organisers and the athletes that all doctors on the team are properly qualified and experienced, and to promote the professionalism and future of sports chiropractic. 

Why do I need to do the modules above if I already hold a postdoctoral degree?
A review of the expedited process has taken place to ensure we are providing US doctors holding their CCSP the complete educational content in their quest for the ICSC certification. This review considered the educational differences between the CCSP and ICSC and the best pathway for doctors to gain all needed content to cover an international certification.  The Upper Extremity Live Hands-on Module course provides a thorough update of the current concussion protocols as well as other topics needed to bridge the needed content. Therefore, Beginning January 1, 2022, doctors will be required to complete the Upper Extremity Live Hands-on Module Couse as well as Module ICSC10 (International Sports Chiropractic) to qualify for the ICSC.  At the time of registration for the Upper Extremity course, doctors will automatically be given ICSC10 for no extra charge. We look forward to you joining us on the field!

Why do I need to do the head injury module every two years?
The study of the effects of head injuries is continually evolving. As we all know, a concussion is common in many sports and recreational activities. If you have completed a head injury module in the last two years, you may apply for advanced standing of this module. If you are using research papers as part of your evidence, papers on impact exposure only do not satisfy the full scope of a head injury review. Research papers need to show an understanding of the assessment of and prolonged symptoms and cognitive deficits in the short term and depression and cumulative deterioration in brain function in the longer term.

Reach out to us at admin@ficsport.org if you have further questions. We look forward to assisting you and getting you started on your journey.

Continual Education Credits

Continuing education (CE), also known as CPD/CEU is required for all Sports Chiropractors working as part of a team at international games.

CE is essential because it ensures you continue to not only expand your thinking but keep you current and expand your networks. CE is an ongoing process throughout a professional’s career.  Gaining approval for CE credits for your local chiropractic license will depend on your regulatory board or college’s discretion. All courses come with a certificate of completion listing the hours of learning.  Many National Council Sports Chiropractors (NCSC) are working with their local governing body to gain the recognition of FICS seminars and courses. We would encourage you to contact your local NCSC as the first point of contact to enquire 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 credits.

FICS are forming partnerships to offer you the opportunity to meet the requirements to apply for continual education credits. Keep an eye on the social media channel and this page as we continue to add updated partnerships. It is our vision to expand these partnerships across the world so please reach out to us if you have contacts with your country which we can use to open up a conversation.    

United States: We are offering Chiropractors who have their CCSP a unique opportunity to obtain their International Certificate in Sports Chiropractic (ICSC) in the USA! FICS is offering accelerated standing in the ICSC program and continuing education credits for DCs in the following states for ICSC01 Head Injury in Sport (6.5 credits) and ICSC10 International Sports Chiro (2.5 credits). Please note NC has only approved (6 hours ICSC01) (2 hours ICSC10).

  • In partnership with Northeast College (formally known as New York College):
    BC DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    CO DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    CT DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    DC DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    DE DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    IA DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    ID DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    IL DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    MA DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    MB DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    MD DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    MS DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    MT DC † PreApproved 6.5  ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    NB DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    NC DC † PreApproved 6    ICSCOI   –   2     ICSCIO
    ND DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    NE DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    NH DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    NJ DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    NY DC Approved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    OH DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    ON DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    OR DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    PA DC Approved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    PR DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    QC DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    RI DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    SC DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    SK DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    UT DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    VA DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    VT DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    WA DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
    WY DC † PreApproved 6.5 ICSCOI   –   2.5 ICSCIO
  • In partnership with Life University: AL, NC, VA, SC, GA, FL, LA, MS, TN, TX

Note: USA CE credits calculations – only instructional hours and course creating content are tabulated towards CEU value determination. 

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European Chiropractic Union: The FICS ICSC Program is part of the Continuing Professional Development events which has been awarded full CPD by the European Academy of Chiropractic.

Each element of the course will have a certificate of completion for the allocated CE credits. ECU is awarding credits for the total course hours to the nearest half-hour.

  • Full ten online learning modules = 75 hours (total course time)
  • Upper Extremity = 20.5 hours
  • Lower Extremity = 20 hours

Note: ECU CE credits calculations – Full course instructional hours, course reading content and exams are tabulated towards CEU value determination. 

Refer to their website for information on how to apply for CPD credits  CLICK HERE 

Not a member? Join FICS

There are 2 ways to become a member of FICS, and one is through individual membership at the cost of CHF 125, the other is via joining a member National Council Sports Chiropractic (NCSC).

FICS has a significant international membership base that includes our 26 current NCSC’s along with several educational institutions and affiliated organisations. By joining your local NCSC you will automatically gain membership with FICS, and therefore before you reach out to FICS with an application of Individual membership why not consider Joining your local NCSC, providing you with the added benefit of attending your local events at your NCSC members rates along with full FICS membership benefits, whilst strengthening your networks within your local region. 

FICS individual membership: Download application form