A Diplomate (DACBSP®) of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians® confers the highest level of sports training in the field of chiropractic.  The program includes the first 120 hours necessary to successfully achieve the title of Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician® (CCSP®) and adds well over 200 more hours of training in addition to that program.  This training is then followed by a rigorous two day written and practical examination.  


pplicants for the Diplomate examination must fulfill four criteria to become a DACBSP®:

  1. Provide proof of over 100 hours of on-field sports experience working as a team doctor or treating chiropractor/sports rehabilitation specialist
  2. Write an abstract for publication on a case study (poster presentation)
  3. Take a comprehensive written examination (several hundred questions)
  4. Take a comprehensive practical examination covering the topics of:
    • Upper Extremity Injuries Assessment and Treatment
    • Lower Extremity Injuries Assessment and Treatment
    • Emergency Medicine Protocols
    • Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Assessment
    • Taping Protocols
    • Radiology

Upon successful completion of the required 200+ hours as well as passing the difficult examination process, the applicant then becomes a Diplomate, or DACBSP® (Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians).  This program is fully accredited by the Institute of Credentialing Excellence (ICE). ICE is the gold standard for certifying healthcare programs. Although there are many ‘certification’ and ‘diplomate’ programs in the chiropractic field, they are not deemed legitimate unless accredited by the ICE. The Sports Diplomate is one of the only truly accredited Diplomate programs in the chiropractic field.

There are only roughly 390 Diplomate Sports Physicians in the country.  The program is very rigorous and time consuming and it takes a couple of years to complete.  Dr. Manison is one of only two Diplomate Sports Physicians in the State of Maryland and the first and only one in the Howard County / Columbia / Ellicott City area.

The skills learned as a Diplomate Sports Physician enable the doctor to treat the highest level of sports-related injuries in his field.  The Diplomate allows him to work at any level sports event and/or with any level sports team.  Please visit the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicans® to learn more about the CCSP® and the DACBSP® programs.