Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Summer Games: an observational study

The usage of multidisciplinary physical therapies at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Summer Games: an observational study.

The usage of multidisciplinary physical therapies at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Summer Games: an observational study.

Background: This observational research study analyses the uptake of physical therapies treatments in the Polyclinic during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Objective: To describe the usage of physical therapies services- physical therapy, osteopath, chiropractic, and sports massage – by athletes and non-athletes and across different sports. Methods: The multidisciplinary team of physical therapies recorded treatment modalities, information on provider discipline and reason for attendance, in an Electronic Medical Record system throughout the 32 days of operation of the Olympic Polyclinic. Cold-therapy total immersion ice baths (TIIB) were provided as part of the services but were reported and analysed separately.

Results: There were 4993 encounters (4038 athletes, 955 non-athlete encounters). 1395 athletes (12.4% of all athletes) and 393 non-athletes sought treatment. For all four provider disciplines, in addition to TIIB, the primary reason for athlete attendance was for recovery (52% of all encounters), followed by injury treatment (30%), and maintenance (16%). Athletes reported “injury” as the main reason for physical therapy (92% of all encounters, 2.8 encounters per athlete), chiropractic (94%, 1.9) and osteopathy (91%, 1.8) visits. Almost all TIIB visits were used for recovery (98% of all TIIB encounters; 2.1 encounters per athlete). Athletes from handball (37% of all handball athletes), followed by judo (22%), and athletics (21%), presented the largest user groups.

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An international Delphi study to identify sports chiropractic global research priorities.

FICS Foundation awards researchers USD $4,000 grant for research entitled: An international Delphi study to identify sports chiropractic global research priorities.

FICS Foundation awards researchers USD $4,000 grant for research entitled: An international Delphi study to identify sports chiropractic global research priorities.  

Dr Melissa Belchos

The principle investigator for this research is Dr. Melissa Belchos.  This grant funds her thesis project for the Sports Sciences Residency Program at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.  Her co-investigators are Drs. Alex Lee, Stephen M. Perle, Katie de Luca, and Silvano Mior.  Dr. Lee is the Chair of the Research and Education Commission of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada) and a member of the FICS Research Commission.  Dr. Perle is the Chair of the FICS Research Commission, the North American Representative on the FICS Executive Council and Professor of Clinical Sciences at the University of Bridgeport School of Chiropractic. Dr. de Luca is a post-doctoral research fellow at Macquarie University in the Department of Chiropractic and a twice FICS Research Award winner.  Dr. Mior is a Professor and the Director, Research Partnerships and Health Policy at CMCC.  

The purpose of this study is to determine consensus on research priorities to create a global sports chiropractic research agenda.  This will be done using a Delphi study design, a systematic method to integrate expert opinions to determine consensus on sports chiropractic research priorities. Clinicians, academics and leaders from the sports chiropractic field will be recruited internationally. Current chiropractic research agendas have not included sports-specific research directives which this study will develop.  

JCCA – Editorial – JCCA December 2019 Sports Chiropractic Special Issue: 11th

Download here: https://www.chiropractic.ca/jcca-online/issue/december-2019-volume-63-no-3/

JCCA – Editorial – JCCA December 2019 Sports Chiropractic Special Issue:
11th Edition Dr. Mohsen Kazemi

Download here: https://www.chiropractic.ca/jcca-online/issue/december-2019-volume-63-no-3/

It is hard to believe that it has been 21 years since I was the first graduate from the Sports Sciences full-time residency program at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC). Twenty years ago, I received my first Fellowship from the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences Canada, RCCSS(C).

Reflecting on the program at the time, what I learned, and the opportunities it provided me, I would do it again without hesitation. The program has evolved since courses and placements have been added. Original research papers and systematic reviews and case studies produced by the chiropractic sports residents and Fellows have been improving and increasing year after year. It is wonderful to see the chiropractic sports residents becoming Fellows and leaders nationwide. Eleven years ago, to provide a conduit for our research output we started the Sports Issue of the JCCA and it has been a great success. This year is no exception. The 11th annual sports issue includes practical case reports and original research papers. I hope you enjoy the content presented in this issue. I would like to encourage you to get involved in sports chiropractic research in any way that you can. If you have a dataset, an interesting case, or an innovative research idea and need help developing it, please do not hesitate to contact me, or any member of our editorial board or the RCCSS(C)

WFC Online Reading List

The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) is pleased to announce the debut of an important…

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The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) online suggested reading list of key research papers.

When you want an overview of research on a chiropractic topic, for yourself, for patients or to advocate for the profession, wouldn’t it be nice to have access to relevant papers collected in one location? 

“That is the vision for this WFC project,” says WFC President Dr Greg Stewart of Canada. “The project is being led by Dr Greg Kawchuk of the University of Alberta, Chair of the WFC Research Council, who has brought together expert curators from within the Research Council and abroad. We owe them a great debt for the expertise and hard work that has produced this exciting new service.”

For the initial version of the Suggested Reading list visit www.wfc.org (see the button at the home page) with 10 key papers curated in each of 21 subject areas.  These subject areas include cost-effectiveness of care, biomechanical and neurophysiological mechanisms of action, safety, pediatrics, wellness and many others. Each listed paper includes the published abstract and link to the original publication when available. Importantly, the site is searchable and visitors can leave suggestions for new topics and papers.

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“This is just the beginning of this project,” explains Dr Kawchuk.  “We are already working on round two which will add new topic areas such as nutrition and public health.

This project has been possible because of generous sponsorship from NCMIC and Standard Process, two of the WFC’s long-standing and most supportive partners.

The WFC, whose members are 90 national associations of chiropractors worldwide including both the ACA and ICA in the USA, has been a non-governmental organization or NGO in official relations with the World Health Organization since 1997. 

For more information visit www.wfc.org 

Free Online Courses on Evidence Informed Practice

Last year Schneider et al (1) published a paper on US chiropractors’ attitudes, skills and…

Last year 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. The online educational program is now available to everyone free of charge. FICS encourages its member chiropractors to avail themselves of this very valuable free resource. It is called Foundations Of Evidence Informed Practice and can be found here.

Dr Stephen Perle 
FICS Chair, Research Commission

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.