Welcome to SCU Sports Medicine
Active TrainingStudents 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 PracticeYou’ll participate in many sporting events including marathons, triathlons, endurance cycling, weightlifting competitions, international taekwondo, high school and college athletics, and much more.
Networking OpportunitiesIn 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.
AccessYou 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 DesignThe 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. Joe HorriganConditioning 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 TrackThis 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:
- *SMS901 Concussion Diagnosis and Management
- *SMS902 Critical Thinking
- *SMS903 Cardiovascular Pathology and Examinationy
- *SMS904 Neurologic Exam / Bioethics
- *SMS905 Imaging: MRI, CT, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, X-ray
- SEL0945 Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
2. Doctor of Chiropractic – Sports Medicine EmphasisThe 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:
- Sports Chiropractic Concepts
- Clinical Diagnosis to Return to Play
- Strength and Conditioning
- Sideline Skills1
- Tactical Sports Medicine
- Tactical Strength and Conditioning
- Required (which consists of the following courses)
- Concussion Diagnosis and Management
- Critical Thinking
- Cardiovascular pathologies and examination
- Neurologic Examination (one day)/Bioethics (one day)
- Imaging – MRI, CT, MSK US
3. Post-Doctoral Sports Medicine ResidencyThis 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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 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.