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Sports Medicine

Welcome to SCU Sports Medicine

SCU offers three unique 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.
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Active Training

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.
Active Training

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.
Hands On Practice

Networking Opportunities

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.
Networking Opportunities


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.

Curricular Design

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.
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Courses include:

  • 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.
Therapetuic taping intervention

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:

Joe Horrigan

Dr. Joe Horrigan

Conditioning Coach for the LA Kings Huffington Post Regular Contributor

Three SCU Sports Medicine Pathways:

SCU offers three different sports medicine pathways for students in the Doctor of Chiropractic Program: Sports Medicine Track, Sports Medicine Emphasis, and the Chiropractic Sports Medicine Residency.

1. Doctor of Chiropractic – Sports Medicine Track

This offering provides chiropractic students an introduction to concepts and skills relevant to chiropractic sports medicine. To complete the Sports Medicine Track, students must complete six (6) selective courses as follows:
  1. *SMS901 Concussion Diagnosis and Management
  2. *SMS902 Critical Thinking
  3. *SMS903 Cardiovascular Pathology and Examinationy
  4. *SMS904 Neurologic Exam / Bioethics
  5. *SMS905 Imaging: MRI, CT, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, X-ray
  6. SEL0945 Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
*These courses are part of the Sports Medicine Emphasis. Please see Sports Medicine Emphasis for associated course fees.
Application Requirements: Students become eligible to take selective courses in term 3, but individual selective course prerequisites may apply. There are no other application requirements for the Sports Medicine selective thread. Students simply self-enroll in the courses as they become eligible and as each course is offered.
Sports Medicine Track Certificate of Completion: Students who complete the Sports Medicine Track will earn a certificate of completion. To request the certificate, simply pass the required courses and submit a completed request form as instructed here: Track Certificate Request Form

2. Doctor of Chiropractic – Sports Medicine Emphasis

The Sports Medicine Emphasis (SME) gives chiropractic students a strong basic sports medicine foundation with coursework that is embedded within the DC program. The SME is an academic emphasis; those earning the emphasis will receive a diploma-quality certificate of completion, as well as a transcript designation of the Sports Medicine Emphasis.
The goal of the SME is to introduce students to the world of sports medicine and/or tactical sports medicine. Upon completion, students’ interest in further sports medicine education can seek the Certification in Added Qualification (CAQ) in chiropractic sports medicine.
The SME consists of eight 1-unit courses of sports medicine-specific curriculum. In addition to the required course, SME students must complete two courses of their choice for a total of fifteen 1-unit courses. Other courses may be completed a la carte for additional selective hours, subject to policy. Prerequisites for the courses vary.
The threads (groups of courses) are:
  1. Sports Chiropractic Concepts
  2. Clinical Diagnosis to Return to Play
  3. Strength and Conditioning
  4. Sideline Skills1
  5. Biomechanics
  6. Tactical Sports Medicine
  7. Tactical Strength and Conditioning
  8. Required (which consists of the following courses)
    1. Concussion Diagnosis and Management
    2. Critical Thinking
    3. Cardiovascular pathologies and examination
    4. Neurologic Examination (one day)/Bioethics (one day)
    5. Imaging – MRI, CT, MSK US

3. Post-Doctoral 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).

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[1] A currently certified Athletic Trainer may substitute the taping courses in Sideline Skills for other courses upon verification by and with written permission from the Executive Director of Human Performance Optimization and subsequent notification to the Registrar.

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