The Spine in Sport

Tuition: $99
Hours: 6


Course Description

This six hour distance-based course will provide Doctors of Chiropractic with the current information concerning chiropractic care of the spine in the athlete.  This course is specifically designed for the general practicing Doctor of Chiropractic.  Your participation and actual course time is tracked electronically.  You will find this an engaging course because of the topics and the use of interactive learning tools. You will have the opportunity to participate, learn and express your own opinions. A multiple choice format final examination is used to test your knowledge. The exam requires a passing score of  75% or you will be instructed to areas needing more study to retake the exam (at no additional cost).


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.   Learners not achieving the pass rate will be directed to additional study by the instructor and allowed to re-take the examination.



  1. Discussion of the criteria and applications of return to play criteria for the athlete who has sustained a spinal injury.
  2. Identification and classifications of conditions that may indicate that participation in sporting activity will not be safe.
  3. Spondylolysis, spondylolisthesis and athletics. The etiology as it relates to sport, physical assessment, and treatment options
  4. Transient neurological injury is discussed including treatment guidelines.
  5. Review of case study involving disc herniations and chiropractic management of disc injury in the athlete.
  6. Analysis of congenital spinal problems and the identification of chiropractic management of these individuals in sport. Conditions discussed include Down’s syndrome, Scheuermann’s Disease and several congenital malformations of the spine.


In this course the learner will:

  • Identify an objective plan to use in safely returning an injured athlete to play
  • Learn about spinal conditions that may not be safe for sports participation
  • Develop clinical the clinical skills required for the physical examinations that are specific to the spine in the athlete
  • Understand how transient neurological injury occurs and when these individuals can and cannot return to sport
  • Review disc injury and sports participation
  • Identify congenital spinal malformations as they relate to participation in athletics
  • Enhance your confidence in making decisions regarding athletics and our role as a chiropractor


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.