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.