The Preparticipation Examination

Tuition: $199
Hours: 12


Course Description

This twelve-hour distance based course will provide Doctors of Chiropractic with the current information concerning the performance of the athletic physical. The course is designed for the general practicing Doctor of Chiropractic. The learner is actively tracked and engaged in this distance-based class by the use of interactive teaching tools including the  evaluation of  heart sounds.


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 80% 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. General information, goals and objectives
  2. Timing, setting and structure
  3. The Station based examination
  4. Laboratory tests
  5. The PPE health history
  6.  Performing the PPE
  7.  Musculoskeletal examination
  8.  Determining clearance
  9.  Cardiovascular clearance
  10. The female triad
  11. Determining clearance
  12. Classifications of sports


  • Understand the structure of a PPE
  • Know the standard of care concerning the PPE
  • Apply the knowledge of physical examination and history taking to provide a chiropractic assessment of athlete
  • Understand the key components of the PPE
  • Refine the skills associated with obtaining a health history
  •  Develop further appreciation of the conditions encountered in the athletic population that involve the spine
  • Analyze the history and physical examination to determine clearance to participate
  • Recognize the key components of the cardiovascular examination
  • Analyze heart sounds to determine what is normal and what is not
  • Evaluate several case studies of athletes and perform synthesis of the case study to determine clearance to participate


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