Welcome to SCU Sports Medicine
SCU is the only university to offer three different sports medicine pathways for students in the Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) program.
Students and residents focus on the world of sports medicine while learning to cultivate their skills, specialize in the field, and become the future leaders of tomorrow’s sports medicine community.
We take great pride in the success of our sports medicine programs that boast world-renowned faculty and alumni.
Students provide care for all levels of athletes from high school to world-class professionals and are immersed in exclusive, integrated sports medicine experiences.
SCU is making a difference in the world of athletics and we’re ready to turn your passion into a profession! More information about our current offerings is below.
Students have the opportunity to work in SCU’s highly reputable Human Performance Department alongside residents and faculty of the highest caliber in the sports medicine industry.
Hands On Practice
You’ll participate in many sporting events including marathons, triathlons, endurance cycling, weightlifting competitions, international taekwondo, high school and college athletics, and much more.
In sports medicine it’s all about who you know! Our network of professionals extends far and wide. Students are exposed to key industry leaders throughout the program and through many networking events.
You won’t find another program with the kind of access you will have through SCU. Our connection to Olympic doctors and professional Sports Physicians will set you apart for employment upon graduation.
The Sports Medicine curriculum varies by the program, however all build upon the standard DC core curriculum and threaded integration.
Our innovative curriculum is evidence based and focused on outcomes and advanced competency in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of athletic injuries. The application of peaking and recovery programs for sports performance optimization, exercise prescription, and advanced rehabilitation are also emphasized.
- Emergency management, nutrition and ergogenic aids, environment and the athlete, leadership, administration, and ethics.
- Therapeutic interventions include taping, modalities, rehabilitation, bracing, and psychosocial strategies in athletics.
- Clinical experience and research (7 course offerings)
- Diagnosis (7 course offerings)
- Strength and conditioning such as exercise physiology, athlete development, athletic program design, and more.
Attend and Present at Sports Symposiums
ACBSP Sports Symposium | ACA Sports Injury Council Symposium | CCA Sports and Rehabilitation Symposium
Work Extensively with World-Class Sports Physician Faculty:
Dr. Bill Moreau
Vice President of Sports Medicine for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC)
Chief Clinical Officer, Rio Olympic Games
Dr. Joe Horrigan
Conditioning Coach for the LA Kings
Huffington Post Regular Contributor
Dr. David Foster
Director of Sports Medicine
SCU Chiropractic Clinical Associate Professor
Three SCU Sports Medicine Programs:
1. Doctor of Chiropractic – Sports Medicine Track
This offering gives chiropractic students a strong basic sports medicine foundation with coursework that is embedded within the DC program. Students who complete a minimum of 6 selective courses receive a certificate of completion at the time of graduation.
There are no additional fees and it is open to all DC students. This offering takes place when electives are taken throughout the 4th-10th terms (2nd and 3rd year). There is no application process. Students simply enroll in 6 of the qualifying selective courses.
2. Doctor of Chiropractic – Sports Medicine Honors Program
This program is for chiropractic students who are interested in more rigorous and immersive sports medicine education. Sports Medicine Honors Program students complete all 34 exclusive courses. These courses are small, designed for cohorts of 15-25, and available only to Sports Medicine Honors Program Students. Graduates receive a Doctor of Chiropractic Sports Medicine Honors Program Diploma.
3. Sports Medicine Residency
This two-year, full-time, post-doctoral residency program provides advanced clinical experience, didactic training, and scholarship opportunities concentrated in sports medicine. The residency program develops board certified chiropractic sports physicians and fosters a culture of scholarly research that benefits the advancement of chiropractic through patient centered evidence based care.
Residents follow a comprehensive syllabus, which provides for a variety of learning formats, clinical and field experience, academics, and scholarly research. Residents participate in a wide array of exciting real-world sports and integrated healthcare settings, providing care for all levels of athletes from high school to world-class professionals. The resident receives an annual stipend and health benefits. Upon completion of this program, graduates are eligible to sit for the Diplomate examination of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (ACBSP).
Dr. Bill Moreau
- Vice President of Sports Medicine for the US Olympic Committee (USOC)
- Chief Clinical Officer, Rio Olympic Games
- SCU Sports Medicine Faculty
One of the advantages of SCU is that graduates are provided strong fundamental toolsets that accelerate and fast-track their career.
About 80% of the full time chiropractic employees at the USOC clinics are from SCU.
And there’s a reason – because they’re very well-trained.
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