Dr. Manison is one of only a few Diplomates of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians® (DACBSP®) in Maryland.  This program includes the CCSP® program plus over 200 more hours of training!  Please read about the Diplomate designate as it is the highest level of sports medicine training a chiropractor can achieve.


r. Manison had to become a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians® (CCSP) before he could work on the Diplomate program.  He was one of the first CCSPs in the Columbia / Ellicott City / Howard County/Baltimore, Maryland area. The designate “CCSP®” signifies successful completion of 120 hours of sports-specific training, followed by a comprehensive examination.

The CCSP® designate is conveyed by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians® (ACBSP®). This organization was created to ensure a standard of care, as well as requisite background knowledge and technique, for treatment of sports- related injuries. Importantly, the ACBSP® is accredited by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), which ensures quality and legitimacy of certifications in a wide variety of professions. ICE approval is well-respected in the healthcare field.

What competencies does the CCSP® designate ensure? In short, the program includes 10 classes that cover material in the following specialty areas:

  • Knee and Lower Extremity Injuries
  • Team Physiology and Common Athletic Spinal Conditions
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Sports Rehabilitation
  • Special Considerations and Sports Radiology
  • Upper Extremity Injuries
  • Practical Application of Case Studies
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Extremity Injuries – Hands-on Assessment and Treatment
  • Sports Injury Taping

After completion of these classes, a chiropractor may sit for the difficult standardized CCSP® exam, offered only twice per year. A passing score indicates advanced training in sports medicine for chiropractors.

With all of his other high-level certifications, why did Dr. Manison decide to pursue the CCSP®? Quite simply, he saw a need for acute assessment and management of injuries incurred by athletes they treat, not only during sporting events, but also in the clinical practice setting. The CCSP® is equipped to triage on-field injuries and determine appropriate treatment—whether emergency medical attention or sideline treatment/rehabilitation and return-to-play. The CCSP® is a great program for any chiropractor who works with athletes/sports injuries and wishes to provide the best care possible for patients with sports-related injuries.