Joseph Horrigan

Joseph Horrigan

Joseph Horrigan

Associate Professor, Executive Director, Faculty, Clinical Faculty

Phone: (562) 947-8755 Ext. 613


Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, SCU Health


Joseph Horrigan, DC, DACBSP has spent a career in multi-disciplinary practices with sports medicine and sports performance. Dr. Horrigan was a partner at DISC Sports and Spine for 11 years and was the only DC amongst spine and orthopedic surgeons, as well as pain management and physical medicine and rehab. Other interdisciplinary experience includes a fledgling spine program at Century City Hospital, and work with the West Coast Center for Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. Dr. Horrigan’s private practice, the Soft Tissue Center, was affiliated with the above groups. This collective experience and education allowed him the opportunity to work with the USA Weightlifting Sports Medicine Committee for 8 years, consult for USA Track and Field in their Elite Hurdle Development Program, and to be the Director of the DISC USOC Sports Medicine Official Provider Program for the 2012 Olympic cycle, and staff doctor for the DISC Red Bull Sports Medicine Program from 2011 – 2016. Dr. Horrigan also served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Los Angeles Kings from 1999 – 2002. Dr. Horrigan has been published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and has made presentations at the ACSM Conference, ACBSP Chiropractic Sports Science Symposia, American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine, Sixth World International Olympic Committee Congress on Sports Science, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Lay publications include the monthly Sports Medicine Column for IronMan Magazine from 1989 – 1999 and 2004 – 2014, and a contributing blog to The Huffington Post from 2012 – 2017. Dr. Horrigan has taught in chiropractic sports medicine since 1994 and has taught third-year chiropractic students in neuromusculoskeletal differential diagnosis since 2005. He is also contributing to the re-development of the curriculum. The current project and effort is the development and expansion of the SCU Tactical Sports Medicine and Tactical Strength and Conditioning Program. A pilot study is underway with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Academy to evaluate predictors of injury in the recruits. The SCU Tactical Department is truly integrated, patient-centered care. Dr. Horrigan continues to consult for the film industry in both sports medicine and sports performance. The most notable films include The Matrix, The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, The Hateful 8, The Skeleton Key, Charlie’s Angels II, Sicario, Django Unchained.


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Awards & Honors

  • 2001 ACBSP and ACA Sports Council Sports Medicine Chiropractor of the Year
  • 2011 SCU Distinguished Alumni Award
  • 2009 and 2019 ACBSP President’s Service Award
  • 2015 Recognition from Red Bull for Ongoing Support of the Red Bull High Performance Program

Selected Publications

  • MRI evaluation of muscle usage associated with three exercises for rotator cuff rehabilitation.  Horrigan JM, Shellock FG, Mink JH, Deutsch AL. Med Sci Sports Exer Vol 31 No:10:1361-1369, 1999.
  • Pectoralis major tears: etiology and prevention.  Reynolds EJ, Semel RH, Fox RT, Coughlin SP, Horrigan, JM, Colanero AF.  Chiropractic Sports Medicine Vol 7 No 3:89-89, 1993.

Selected Presentations

  • International Association of Chief of Police. “Evidence-Based Sports Medicine and Strength and Conditioning Models for Recruits and Incumbents”.  Dulla JM, Horrigan JM. Podium Presentation 1778, Philadelphia October 2017.
  • Southwest American College of Sports Medicine. “Perceived vs. Actual Reported Peace Officer Physical Job Demands: What Three Points in Time Tell Us.”  Dulla JM, Dawes JJ, Horrigan J, Orr RM, Lockie RG. Poster Presentation 2018.
  • ACBSP Chiropractic Sports Science Symposium.  “A two-year retrospective analysis of the occurrence of complex regional pain syndrome in a chiropractic sports medicine practice.  Horrigan JM, Grasmeyer JJ, Carden E. Podium presentation April 2011. Awarded Best Presentation.
  • American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine. “Sports hernia: evaluation, treatment and results of surgical intervention in the competitive athlete.”  Feder K, Shorr R, Smith C, Horrigan J. Podium presentation, San Diego, CA July 2003.


Current Activities

  • American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, Advisor
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