Doctors of chiropractic from eight countries represented the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS) from July 7-17 at the 2022 World Games in Birmingham, Ala. Throughout the event, FICS chiropractors treated more than 3,400 athletes participating in 30+ unique sports. Of the 48 chiropractors in attendance, 28 were American Chiropractic Association (ACA) members. Pictured Below: FICS chiropractors treat athletes at the canoe polo venue at the 2022 World Games. For some members, like Dr Keith Overland, DC, CCSP, FICS Secretary General. who has worked many elite athletic events over his career, the experience in Birmingham was a revelation in how far chiropractic has come in the sports world and the growing appreciation for what it provides. He said at the Games in July 2022, participating chiropractors worked in fully equipped, air-conditioned tents at all 15 venues of the competition. They were granted special credentials by the Alabama Legislature and given lodging and uniforms like the rest of the medical team. “The Sports Chiroportaqic care was a vital component of health care. It was one of the most spectacular events for the inclusivity of chiropractic care,” recalled Dr Overland.
The warm welcome results from years of relationship building between FICS and the International World Games Association (IWGA). FICS began its partnership with IWGA in 2003 and has since developed a contract to supply sports chiropractors for the World Games, held every four years in locations across the globe. “Through our work at the World Games, we now have seven different sports federations that we have contracts with,” said Brian Nook, DC, DACBSP, ICSC, FICC, who serves as the FICS representative to the International Sports Federation Commission.
“The strategy is to prove how sports chiropractic can assist in the world of sport.”
Chiropractors treat credentialed individuals associated with the games during the event, including athletes and officials. “We work only in the warm-up areas,” Dr. Brian Nook, FICS World Games Chef de Mission, explained. “Our primary focus is getting the athlete ready to perform at their best and their optimum, and also recovery after their competition and getting them ready for their next competition.”