A sports chiropractor is a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), with additional specialized training in the evaluation, treatment and prevention of sports related injuries. DCs are educated in nationally accredited, four-year doctoral graduate school programsthrough a curriculum that includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical internship, with the average DC program equivalent in classroom hours to allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medical schools (1).
On top of this basic chiropractic training in chiropractic, a sports chiropractor will have further educational certifications: CCSP and/or DACBSP. CCSP is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician®, which requires a minimum of 100 hours of postgraduate education in the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians® program at an accredited chiropractic college, completion of post-graduate level hands-on emergency procedures course and a healthcare-provider level CPR certification course and successful completion of a written exam (2). DACBSP is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians®, which requires a written exam, a six-station practical exam, and a written project. The CCSP certification is a pre-requisite for this program (3).