Student Scholarships

Find out all the information about the five student scholarships awarded annually to recognise and support students who are contributing to sports chiropractic.

Students applying for consideration for one of the four student scholarships must be enrolled full time at an accredited/recognised CCEI chiropractic institution, graduating in or after the year of the award.  Click Here to check CCEI accredited Chiropractic Institution

Dr Gillian Johnston

FICS Student Chair

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Scholarship - Final two years of study

Recipients receive registration for the online learning of the International Certificate in Sports Chiropractic (ICSC) valued at CHF 2,500.00, an honorary position on a FICS commission for 12 months, and a cash prize of CHF 450.00.

By accepting this award students will play an active part in the FICS commission, by attending four virtual meetings per year, which are conducted via Zoom meeting room, contribute their ideas within meetings, follow through on any tasks they agree to assist with from meetings, be open to different ways of thinking, be accessible to the commission chair and respond to emails. The cash prize is transferred to the students’ nominated bank account.

Students applying for one of the four student scholarships must be enrolled full time at an accredited / recognized chiropractic institution, graduating in or after the year of the award.

Emerging student - Early years of studies

This scholarship is awarded to one student annually.  The emerging student award recognises a sports chiropractic student who has not yet reached their final two years of study. This will be open to all students enrolled full-time in a chiropractic program, not in the final two years of their studies. The recipient of this award will receive a cash component of CHF 910.00, which will be transferred directly to the recipients’ educational institution to use against their tuition and learning aid purposes. The recipient will be assigned a mentor from FICS to encourage engagement with the organization and to ensure that the recipient is assisted in their sports chiropractic and leadership development.  

Students applying for the emerging student award must be enrolled full time at an accredited/recognised chiropractic institution with two or more years left before they complete their studies.

Submission process

Your care in the presentation of your application is taken into consideration during the judging process. If you have any questions, we encourage to reach out to FICS early via email: admin@ficsport.org.

Please take careful note of the closing time zone as late applications will not be accepted. For your application to be considered you need to do FIVE  things:  

Download this application form and save to your computer. NOTE TO SELF( NEED TO ADD LINK)

  1. Write an essay concerning the importance of sports chiropractic services to athletes in training and competition, and to the future growth of the chiropractic profession. Formatting MUST be in a word document with your name in the header on each page. (500-750-word essay).
    1. This must be your own work
    2. consider adding your ideas for solutions to any challenges which you are raising
    3. consider what the future of sports chiropractic could be for students, who are our future leaders in sports chiropractic.
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  2. Write a description of personal participation in fitness and sports activities. Word Document: with your name in the header on each page. (100-200 words).
    1. provide an overview of your personal participation in sport and what your passion for a career in sports chiropractic meaning for you.
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  3. Write a description of contributions to sports chiropractic at the institution and/or otherwise – e.g. participation in the student sports chiropractic council activities; volunteer services at the institution, at sporting events and otherwise; published news articles or research; any other activities promoting sports chiropractic.
    Word Document: with your name in the header on each page. (100-200 words).
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  4. Include a letter from a faculty member – Must be on educational institution letterhead with the faculty member’s signature. This faculty member can be from one of your teaching sports chiropractic and/or related subjects confirming good character, academic standards and recommending awards.

Applications open in September each year and close on October 31. Winners are announced in early December and appointed to a commission based on their skills and interests.

Judging process

FICS engages a panel of judges from across the globe to select the winners of these prestigious scholarships. The below rubric outlines how the scholarship application/documents are read, graded, and scored. The judging panel uses this to assist in providing the selection committee with a consistent model with minimum personal bias. 

The judges score each section individually. Sections are scored on a scale from one to ten based upon criteria outlined in each section. This scale represents the raw points available. The total score for the application is not necessarily revealing of the final ranking of the applicant as compared to the scores of other applications. The purpose of assigning a score is to provide an indicator so that the selection committee may consider particular circumstances and adjust the final rankings as needed.

The general ranking which FICS has adopted is:

  • Inadequate (0-2Points)
  • Adequate (3-6 Points)
  • Exceptional (7-10 Points)

FICS admin undertakes the checks on the applicant’s name and college to verify the educational institutions is a member of FICS. FICS admin allocates scores for this section. Student educational institute must be recognized and listed as an accredited college on the CCEI register to be eligible for this scholarship. Each Judge on the selection committee, using the scholarship scoring rubrics, reads each application and allocates the appropriate score per section. Once all the judges have logged their scores, the panel comes together to discuss the final results. A sample essay on the importance of sports chiropractic services is provided as an example.

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Essay (500-750 words) importance of sports chiropractic

The word count is there as an estimate and not exact. Make sure you list the title of the essay in the header with your name. It is important that this is on every page so sure the header function in word to make this easy.

IMPORTANT: In preparing your submission for the judge’s students should ensure that all essays are their own opinion. When using referencing from other papers or peoples work, students need to ensure that have been correctly paraphrased but has more original content, creating a balance of what would be deemed your original perspective on the importance of sports chiropractic.  Below is the judging rubrics for this section, along with an example paper.   

Inadequate (0-2Points)

 

Adequate (3-6 Points)

1-2 points for each item

Exceptional (7-10 Points)

1 point for each

Unclear or inconclusive evidence of student’s intent understanding of the sports chiropractic field Identifies student’s intent to pursue a career in Sports Chiropractic Clearly indicates a student’s passion for working with athletes and furthering their career in Sports Chiropractic
Mentions interdisciplinary collaboration. Appropriate and quality referencing is used at the end of the essay
Quality referencing, not presence. Demonstrates and clearly outlines a strong understanding of the importance of interdisciplinary management
Outlines novel ideas and solutions for the future growth of the profession.

Example essay. This is provided as a guide to what FICS is looking for and needs to reflect a balance of any research referenced and the submitting students own work and opinion. 

The majority of modern research regarding the conservative management of neuromusculoskeletal injuries concludes that athletes achieve optimal outcomes when subjected to a combination of passive and active care.1,2,3,4 After five years of university training, and with the additional certification of the ICCSP, sports chiropractors are in a skilful position to deliver quality care for athletes and active individuals. 5 Furthermore, the International Olympic Committee describes that the responsibility of the sports medicine profession is to care for the health and welfare of Olympic athletes, by treating and preventing injuries through medical examinations, nutritional advice, prescribing training programs and monitoring substance abuse.6 By contributing to a multi-disciplinary team, sports chiropractors are in an adept position to contribute to this responsibility.

Sports chiropractors can bring a multi-modal approach and utilise diverse techniques when treating athletes. Training sessions are an integral part of being an athlete, and sports chiropractors are in a suitable position to assist with warm-ups and cool downs, sport specific strength and conditioning, and the implementation of injury prevention programs. Whilst orthodox elite sporting organisations and programs have access to multi-disciplinary teams to carry out various components of an athlete’s management, minor sports with minimal funding, or local clubs funded by predominantly fundraising or player subscription, lack such expertise and guidance. In this circumstance, sports chiropractors can be greatly influential, and bear the ideal and appropriate skillset to be the chief health practitioner. By employing various techniques; including peripheral joint mobilisation/manipulation, spinal manipulative therapy, rehabilitation and exercise prescription, soft tissue techniques including instrument assisted, and other physiological therapeutic modalities such as taping and bracing, sports chiropractors can educate and facilitate injury prevention and management programs. These different techniques can be utilised not only for injury management, but additionally on game day and during competition to reduce pain, improve function and importantly assist performance. More specifically, the application of dynamic/active tape can be used to decrease load to an injured area7, performing proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation may increase range of motion8, and the mobilisation of peripheral joints with the prescription of specific exercise is known to improve joint position sense.9,10 Along with assisting athletes as a sole practitioner during training and competition, sports chiropractors are able to contribute to the management of an athlete/sports team within a multidisciplinary environment which is a crucial component for working within larger scale sporting teams.

As more research is conducted into the effectiveness of multidisciplinary teams and interdisciplinary collaboration (IDC), it is becoming increasingly evident that optimal outcomes are produced when health professionals work intercollaboratively.11 The inclusion of sports chiropractors on multi-disciplinary teams is not only beneficial for the athlete due to reasons previously described, but for the progression and future growth of the chiropractic profession. IDC assists to uphold patient centred care rather than focus on a particular profession, and allows for the blending of professional attributes, skills, and knowledge to achieve optimal patient care, satisfaction and outcomes.12 Although IDC should be implemented across all health sectors and not only restricted to sports health, the realm of sports medicine provides an exemplary opportunity for coaches, team doctors, physiotherapists, sports chiropractors, exercise physiologists, exercise scientists, psychologists and other experienced allied health professionals to work in a multi-disciplinary environment to facilitate excellence in sporting perfomance.13 Working in a collaborative manner will ensure sports chiropractors are perceived as patient centred, evidence based practitioners who are willing to look beyond chiropractic research. Overall, IDC assists to develop a level of trust and respect from other health professions towards sports chiropractors, which may assist to shift perceptions of the current divided climate of the chiropractic profession as a whole.

Referencing

  1. Sampsell E. Rehabilitation of the Spine Following Sports Injury. Clinics in Sports Medicine. 2010;29(1):127-156.
  2. Miller J, Gross A, D’Sylva J, Burnie S, Goldsmith C, Graham N et al. Manual therapy and exercise for neck pain: A systematic review. Manual Therapy. 2010;15(4):334-354.
  3. Javed M, Mustafa S, Boyle S, Scott F. Elbow pain: a guide to assessment and management in primary care. British Journal of General Practice. 2015;65(640):610-612.
  4. Stochkendahl M, Kjaer P, Hartvigsen J, Kongsted A, Aaboe J, Andersen M et al. National Clinical Guidelines for non-surgical treatment of patients with recent onset low back pain or lumbar radiculopathy. European Spine Journal. 2017;27(1):60-75.
  5. Pollard H, Hoskins W, McHardy A, Bonello R, Garbutt P, Swain M et al. Australian chiropractic sports medicine: half way there or living on a prayer?. Chiropractic & Osteopathy. 2007;15(1):14.
  6. William JM, Dustin N. Organization and multidisciplinary work in an olympic high performance center in USA. Revista Médica Clínica Las Condes. 2012; 23(3)337-342. Retrieved from:http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S071686401270319X
  7. Long Z, Wang R, Han J, Waddington G, Adams R, Anson J. Optimizing ankle performance when taped: Effects of kinesiology and athletic taping on proprioception in full weight-bearing stance. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 2017;20(3):236-240.
  8. Wanderley D, Lemos A, Moretti E, Barros M, Valença M, de Oliveira D. Efficacy of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation compared to other stretching modalities in range of motion gain in young healthy adults: A systematic review. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. 2018;:1-21.
  9. Kamali F, Sinaei E, Bahadorian S. The immediate effect of talocrural joint manipulation on functional performance of 15–40 years old athletes with chronic ankle instability: A double-blind randomized clinical trial. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 2017;21(4):830-834.
  10. Vasconcelos G, Cini A, Sbruzzi G, Lima C. Effects of proprioceptive training on the incidence of ankle sprain in athletes: systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Rehabilitation. 2018;:026921551878868.
  11. Mcdonald J, Cumming J, Harris M, Powell DG. Systematic Review of Comprehensive Primary Care Models. Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute. 2006. Available from: http://files.aphcri.anu.edu.au/research/full_report_ 18476 .pdf
  12. Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative. A national interprofessional competency framework. 2010. Available from: http://www.cihc.ca/files/CIHC_IPCompetencies_ Feb1210.pdf
  13. Reid C, Stewart E, Thorne G. Multidisciplinary Sport Science Team in Elite Sport: Comprehensive Servicing or Conflict and Confusion? Sport Psychologist [Internet]. 2004;18(2):204-17.
Personal participation (100-200 words)

The word count is there as an estimate. Make sure you list the title of the essay in the header with your name. It is important that this is on every page. We recommend the use of the header function in word to make this easy.

Inadequate (0-2Points)

 

Adequate (3-6 Points)

Range as per level of activity

Exceptional (7-10 Points)

1-2 points for each item

No physical activity noted Physically active Highly physically active
Representative/elite sports participation

 

Essay (100-200 words) contributions to sports chiropractic

A description of contributions to sports chiropractic at the college and/or otherwise – e.g. participation in the student sports chiropractic council activities; volunteer services at the college at sporting events and otherwise; published news articles or research; any other activities promoting sports chiropractic (100-200 words).

The word count is there as an estimate and not exact. Make sure you list the title of the essay in the header with your name.  

Inadequate (0‐2Points)

1 point for each

Adequate (3‐6 Points)

1 point for each

Exceptional (7‐10 Points)

1 point for each.

Unclear or inconclusive evidence of student’s intent understanding of the

sports chiropractic field

Identifies student’s intent to pursue a career in Sports Chiropractic Clearly indicates student’s passion for working with athletes and furthering their career in Sports Chiropractic
Lacks clear plans for how the scholarship will assist education plans

Identifies student’s intent to pursue a career in working with athletes at games and other sporting

events

Clearly addresses how the scholarship will assist education plan
 

Member of student

council/NCSC

Holds a position of responsibility in

student council or NCSC

 

Has demonstrated awareness of published research within their

college

Has assisted with published research or articles

 

 

Faculty reference

The reference letter is from a faculty member who teaches sports chiropractic and/ or related subjects, and acknowledges the student’s character, academic performance, involvement in related research and sports chiropractic events and/ or initiatives; and ultimately recommends that the student receives the award.

Inadequate (0‐2Points)

Adequate (3‐6 Points) Range as per judgement of

reference

Exceptional (7‐10 Points) 1‐2 points for each item
Provides few positive observations about the student and their academic ability

Provides positive observations about the student and their academic ability, but does not identify specific examples

of accomplishments

Clearly indicates positive and enthusiastic observations regarding the student and their academic ability and provides examples related to those observations

2021 Student Scholarships

2021 Student Scholarship

I am thrilled to be a recipient of the 2021 FICS Student Scholarship and I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the remarkable support and commitment FICS has shown to future sports chiropractors. 

2021 Student Scholarship

I am very honoured and excited to be a part of this amazing opportunity and I would just like to say thank you so much for choosing me to represent you.

2021 Student Scholarship

It is a real privilege to be selected as one of just four students in the world and I am truly grateful. Winning this award takes me closer to fulfilling my purpose of serving athletes of all levels to play at their best with the assistance of chiropractic.

2021 Student Scholarship

I am over the moon to receive this scholarship opportunity and cannot thank you enough!  I feel extremely privileged to have been awarded this scholarship and cannot wait to begin work within the commission to help bring Sports Chiropractic to more athletes and teams while increasing the opportunities for chiropractors in the sporting world. 

2021 Emerging Student

I am so excited for the year ahead, especially the mentoring program and the opportunity to take this next step towards becoming a sports chiropractor.