Concepts of a Team Chiropractor

Tuition: $179
Hours: 10


Course Description

Learn about bout the duties required of a chiropractor working with athletes. This 10-hour course is designed to explore the many different areas of knowledge and skills that a Doctor of Chiropractic should be acquainted with when working in the sporting world.  Some of the topics addressed include team doctor’s duties, management of extremity injury, emergency treatment of the injured athlete, environmental concerns and medical legal issues in sport.


The learner’s time spent studying course materials is tracked electronically.  A formal multiple-choice examination is administered at the termination of the course materials.  There will be at least three questions for every hour of the class.  The learner will also be required listen to evaluate radiographs and construct a report of findings.  The learner must score 75% to receive credit for the course.  Learners not achieving the pass rate will be directed to additional study by the instructor and allowed to re-take the examination.



  1. The areas of knowledge and required skills of a sports   doctor
  2. Medical legal issues in sports and environmental concerns
  3. Exercise physiology
  4. Biomechanics of sport and nutritional overview
  5. Assessment of spinal injury in athletics
  6. Assessment of spinal injury in athletics, continued
  7. Assessment of lower extremity injuries
  8. Assessment of upper extremity injuries
  9. Radiology and the athlete
  10. Emergencey procedures and other topics


In this course the learner will:

  • Provide an overview of the skills and knowledge's required of doctors working within the sporting arena
  • Discuss the foundational information regarding the duties of a sports chiropractor
  • Identify the cornerstones of knowledge to work toward becoming a team doctor.
  • Apply the knowledge of physical examination and history taking to provide a chiropractic assessment of athletic injury.
  • The basic topics discussed include, the concepts of a team physician, medical legal issues in sport, environment concerns, exercise physiology, basic sports biomechanics and nutrition.
  • Clinical topics include, assessment of injuries of the spine and extremities, radiology of athletic injury, emergency procedures, basic adjunctive therapy, and an overview of special populations considerations.


This syllabus is a representation of the requirements for successful completion of the course, containing the objectives, content, organization, and evaluation processes. It is the student’s responsibility to read, comprehend, and act on the syllabus’ objectives, content, and requirements. The faculty teaching this course reserves the right to reasonably alter the sequence of activities, assignment dates, and evaluation and assignment methods or styles. Every effort will be made to inform the class members in advance of such changes. Students are responsible for following the syllabus and any changes instituted by the faculty. Should there be any questions or need for reasonable interpretation of clarification of the syllabus, the student must contact the lead course instructor/syllabus author(s) to obtain answers to the above.

All opinions, viewpoints and recommendations contained in this presentation represent those of the author alone and do not represent the opinions, viewpoints or recommendations of any organization with which the author may be affiliated, including, without limitation, the USOC or/and the ACBSP.