You were attracted to becoming a chiropractor because it is a tremendous way to care for people over their lifetime using a noninvasive treatment approach. When you focus on becoming a sports chiropractor, you can become someone who is helping today’s aspiring student-athletes, amateur, and professional athletes reach their potential, recover from injuries, or both.
A New Law Supports Sports Chiropractors
Sports chiropractors and other practitioners who travel with teams have been a topic of discussion recently because of the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act of 2017, often referred to as the “travel-to-treat” law.
The legislation extends the liability insurance coverage of state-licensed medical professionals who provide medical services to an athlete, athletic team, or team staff member while on the road.
Until this bill, there was a question of whether liability insurance would always cover necessary medical or health care treatments if the M.D., chiropractors (D.C.) or other physician-level professional were not licensed in the same state as where the treatment was performed. The bill is expected to be signed into law by the end of 2018.
Demand for Sports Chiropractors is Growing
Finding ways to enhance athletic performance is big business, and many people and well-known organizations are using sports chiropractors because they are one of the more effective and affordable options:
Sports Chiropractors Offer Benefits
Athletes of all ages are finding chiropractic care to be a winning strategy for being at the top of their game. They all want to reach their potential. A doctor of chiropractic can offer research-based expertise in a variety of areas that contribute to health and performance:
Preparing to be a Sports Chiropractor
Preparation and maximum effort are key in sports and in chiropractic education. Learn all you can during classes, labs, and in using chiropractic technology like the new Force Sensing Table Technology whenever you can. Ask instructors questions, participate in study groups, and join student chapters of professional organizations. Concentrate on becoming the best doctor of chiropractic you can be.
Then, when it’s time to specialize, a certification like the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) can get you the attention of athletes at all levels of competition. The CCSP certification broadens and sharpens chiropractic skills while opening the door to an increased annual income.
Today, more than 460,000 student-athletes are competing at all levels of NCAA and NAIA sports. Another 16,000 are elite athletes competing in various levels of pro, amateur, and Olympic competition. (Learn more about sports chiropractors here.)
Such high acceptance of chiropractic is a substantial reason legislators made sure doctors of chiropractic are part of the new “travel-to-treat” legislation.
A Good Start for Your Sports Chiropractor Dream
Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) is a private, nonprofit, health care focused university located in Overland Park, Kansas, an award-winning suburb of the Kansas City metro area. The metro is known for award winning sports teams, including the Kansas City Chiefs football, Sporting KC soccer, and the 2015 World Series Champions – the Kansas City Royals. The Royals MLB team consults with Dr. Patrick Hammond, a CUKC College of Chiropractic alum.
The University’s College of Chiropractic has been a national leader since 1922, offering the Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree. CUKC is also the first U.S. chiropractic school to have two Force Sensing Tables in the adjusting laboratory on campus, which is helping students gain chiropractic adjustment skills and confidence.
In 2019, CUKC will again join with DConline to offer the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician program.
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