Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) Certification
Since 1980, the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (ACBSP) has led the development of sports medicine certification and has managed a world-class credentialing process that ensures sports chiropractors meet competency standards to effectively work with and treat athletes and those engaged in athletic activities. in addition, the ACBSP offers continuing education and research seminars to facilitate the dissemination of the latest scientific knowledge, treatment trends, and best practices for patient care.
The ACBSP is the governing board for the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) and Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (DACBSP) certifications. Various accredited chiropractic colleges offer the cirricula and training needed leading to qualification for taking the certification exams. These certifications are designed for chiropractic doctors who want to specialize in chiropractic sports medicine. The CCSP certification is the pre-requisite to the DACBSP certification.
The CCSP certification requires post-graduate education in chiropractic sports medicine or a closely related discipline. A requirement of the ACBSP for doctors of chiropractic to be eligible for attaining a CCSP certification is completing a minimum of 100 hours of post-graduate education in the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician program from an accredited chiropractic college.
All candidates must have completed a post-graduate level hands-on emergency procedures course and a healthcare-provider level CPR certification course with a hands-on component as part of their program or study or in addition to their program. These candidates must also provide written documentation of successful completion of both courses prior to sitting for the CCSP certification examination.
The CCSP designation is likely the most recognizable of all of the post-graduate certifications in the chiropractic profession. Individuals with this certifications have continued education in areas including but not limited to:
- The Spine, Concussion, and Team Physician Concepts
- Emergency Procedures
- Chiropractic Management of the Extremities
- Correlated Studies in Sports Chiropractic
In addition to successfully passing the required written examination to attain the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) designation, yearly continuing education hours are required to maintain active status as a CCSP with the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians. Every year, 12 hours of continuing education are required to maintain a certificant's active status, as well as maintaining proper CPR/First-Aid certification status as well.
Dr. Christopher Harris, DC has held the designation and certification of a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) since November 2012. He is also currently in pursuit of attaining the Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (DACBSP) certification and hopes to be completed with this achievement by April 2018. Dr. Harris is one of two active Chiropractors in Wilmington, NC that is actively designated as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP).
A link to the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians can be found here.