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Sports Medicine

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.

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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

Access

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.

Access

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:

Bill Moreau

Dr. Bill Moreau

Vice President of Sports Medicine for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC)
Chief Clinical Officer, Rio Olympic Games

Joe Horrigan

Dr. Joe Horrigan

Conditioning Coach for the LA Kings
Huffington Post Regular Contributor

Three SCU Sports Medicine Programs:

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

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. The sports medicine selective track consists of seven (7) threads of Sports Medicine Specific Curriculum; each thread consists of five (5) courses. Students would be required to complete two threads, additional threads can be completed based on student interest and pre-existing skill sets. Each thread is designed without prerequisites; therefore, students can initiate the threads at any time in the thread rotation.

The seven threads are:

  1. Basic Sports Skills *
  2. Sports Chiropractic Concepts
  3. Clinical Diagnosis to Return to Play
  4. Strength and Conditioning
  5. Sideline Skills
  6. Sports Medicine Research
  7. Sports Biomechanics

*Required for students with non-Sports Medicine background.

In addition to completing two sports medicine threads, students must also complete the following general selective classes to supplement their Sports Specific Skills:

  1. Two Adjusting Classes
  2. One Soft Tissue Class
  3. One Advanced Imaging Class

Application Requirements
Students electing to take the sports medicine selective track classes could declare themselves at admission into the (DCP) or or up to three weeks prior to term six in the 10-term program and term eight in the 12-term program. Sports Medicine Faculty would participate in all interviews of declared sports medicine applicants. Students declare themselves by completing the Doctor of Chiropractic Sports Medicine Declaration Candidacy Form and turning this into the SCU Office of the Registrar. There are no other application requirements for entrance into the sports medicine selective track.

Fees
Students taking any sports medicine selectives will be charged a fee of $50 per class.

Sports Medicine Certificate of Completion
Students who complete the sports medicine selective track will earn a certificate of completion indicating the Sports Medicine Program. Students will also receive a Sports Medicine Program concentration designation on their SCU (DCP) transcript. In order to complete the certification and concentration requirements students must:

  1. Complete two or more sports medicine threads
  2. Present an abstract at either the ACBSP or ACA Sports Symposiums
  3. Pass a Six Station skills assessment including; taping, emergency procedures, upper extremity evaluation, lower extremity evaluation, concussion evaluation, and Diagnostic Imaging. Students will have a maximum of three attempts to pass all stations before graduation.

2. Doctor of Chiropractic – Sports Medicine Honors

Students who complete the sports medicine selective track with a GPA of 3.5 or higher will earn a certificate of completion indicating Sports Medicine Honors program. Students will also receive a Sports Medicine Honors program concentration designation on their SCU (DCP) transcript. In order to complete the requirements for the Sports Medicine Honors program students must:

  1. Complete two or more sports medicine threads
  2. Present an abstract at either the ACBSP or ACA Sports Symposiums
  3. Achieve a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA in their Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
  4. Pass a Six Station skills assessment including; taping, emergency procedures, upper extremity evaluation, lower extremity evaluation, concussion evaluation, and Diagnostic Imaging. Students will have a maximum of three attempts to pass all stations before graduation.

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).


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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