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Posted on 07-20-2016

By: Dr. Jace Buzek, DC, CCSP

As with many things, the term “sports physician” gets used a lot in the chiropractic world, and many chiropractors market themselves as “specializing” in sports.  Did you know that this “specialization” does not mean that your chiropractor has taken any additional coursework or training in order to obtain the title they claim?  Sometimes, people who say they specialize in sports treatment have merely decided that they want to treat more athletes and so they begin using terms such as “sports practice,” “sports physician,” and “specializing in sports” to do so.

While all chiropractors have received ample amounts of education regarding the knowledge of the body and its biomechanics, there is a certification that differentiates chiropractors in regard to the sports and fitness world.  At Washington Park Chiropractic, both Dr. Goodman and myself are Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians (CCSP).  This means that we have completed a minimum of 120 supplemental hours that focus solely on sports and sports injuries, have passed a rigorous examination testing our knowledge related to sports chiropractic, and are required to complete a significant number of hours of continuing education per year to maintain our certification and to keep abreast of current and evidence-based practices. 

We gain our CCSPs through the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (ACBSP), whose mission focuses on “promoting the highest standards of excellence and clinical competence for chiropractors specializing in sports medicine and physical fitness” (www.acbsp.com).  This mission is one of the reasons why we, at Washington Park Chiropractic, hold ourselves to a high standard of care and knowledge, and why, in 2009, Dr. William Moreau, a chiropractor with his DACBSP (Diplomate American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians) through the ACBSP, was named as the Director of Sports Medicine at the United States Olympic Training Centers in Colorado Springs, Chula Vista, and Lake Placid.  Both Dr. Goodman and myself have trained with Dr. Moreau as required for our sports specialty.  According to the ACBSP website (www.acbsp.com/directory.htm), there are only approximately 2,000 doctors in the U.S. who are active CCSPs, and only five CCSP doctors in Denver. Dr. Goodman and I are two of these doctors.

At Washington Park Chiropractic, we are proud of our sports injury knowledge and in our ability to help our patients get back to competition as fast as possible.  We also take pride in our ability to care for injuries not commonly treated by everyday family chiropractors such as concussions, sprains, strains, and more serious injuries that may be better served by the multitude of medical professionals we work with on a regular basis.  Additionally, through our CCSPs and continuing education, we have received extensive training for adjusting and providing care for areas of the body that fall outside of the normal spinal regions, such as the elbow, wrists, ankles, and knees.  Injuries are much more manageable when these parts of the body are fully and properly functioning and aligned.

For more information about our sports specialization check out our new website found at:  www.washparkchiro.com.

Washington Park Chiropractic is the only practice in Denver, Colorado specializing in Sports Chiropractic, Prenatal Chiropractic and Pediatric Chiropractic. Our Wash Park Doctors are expert certified and trained in Sports, Pediatrics and Prenatal Care including massage, acupuncture, Webster Technique, Graston Technique, Laser, K-Laser, Kinesiology Tape, RockTape and Normatec

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