Go to content

Main menu

Educational Program


Chiropractic Sports Education
ICSC, ICCSP Upgrade and ChiroSuisse Sports Certification Project (see bottom)


FICS Chiropractic sports education

One of FICS primary objectives is promoting excellence in postgraduate education and practice in sports chiropractic worldwide, in part through the development of postgraduate sports chiropractic programs.

FICS's aim is to set an appropriate minimum standard in theoretical and practical sports chiropractic education for chiropractors wanting to develop special competence in the field of sports chiropractic and to be qualified to serve on FICS teams, or teams selected with assistance from FICS, at international events.

Up to 2019 FICS delivered the International Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician or Diploma (ICCSP/ICSSD). Starting 2019, with the reshaping and improvement of the chiropractic sports ecucation, FICS has renamed the certificate and offers, upon completion of the program, the International Certificate in Sports Chiropractic (ICSC).  

This program produces a well-rounded individual chiropractor that is qualified to work at sporting events throughout the world. Furthermore, it is the minimum qualification required to be part of a FICS chiropractic delegation at regional sporting events, international events such as the regional and world championships, the World Games or the Olympic Games.

The ICSC program is a postgraduate certification program that is a combination of distance learning via an electronic learning system (eLS) and two weekend seminars (hand-on modules). Details below:

Hands-on seminars upper and lower extremities

Two 20-hour weekend programs which cover the treatment of common sports injuries of the upper and lower extremities including joint assessment and manipulation soft-tissue applications, and taping. A short lecture and review of head injuries in sport is also provided. The faculty for the seminars consists of internationally prominent sports chiropractors with extensive experience in treating athletes at international sporting events.

The e-Learning System
You first must create an account. All Information on this and on login details you can find it   HERE   
The ICSC program covers the ten modules listed below:

    - International Sports Chiropractic
    - Professional Boundaries
    - Head Injuries in Sport
    - Upper Extremity Injuries in Sport
    - Lower Extremity Injuries in Sport
    - Spine Injuries in Sport
    - Sports Rehabilitation
    - Sports Imaging
    - Sports Physiology
    - Special Populations

For the complete information on the ICSC please refer to the FICS website at   ICSC certfication  or in the brochure :  ICSC


Upgrading from a
ICCSP/ICSSD is possible. To do it, you must take and pass the Head Trauma module offered by the eLS.  Registration is needed LINK
Information on it you find it in the brochure ICSC mentioned above.
If you still hold an older FICS diploma or certificate (CCSP), please contact :

Note :   
For those slightly less focused on learning, FICS has a new YouTube channel. You will find education content for free and entertaining discussions with people who impact sport chiropractic from around the world. You can also follow FICS on Facebook  @FICSsportchiro.


Project for a SCSC Sports Certificate endorsed by ChiroSuisse

Interest was expressed at the 2017 General Assembly to offer beyond the ICCSP a more advanced sports education leading to certification and a title given by SCSC, endorsed by ChiroSuisse. This postgraduate professional specialized certification program is called in German „Fähigkeitsausweis“, in French "Certificat de Formation Complémentaire" and is meant to be equivalent to an academic continued education of a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) or a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS).

Module 1 of this complementary sports education will be the certificate issued by FICS with its 100h ICCSP program with online Learning System (eLS), two hands-on seminars, a valid CPR licence and proof of professional practical experience on the field. The ICCSP is the minimum sports certification that allows to serve on a medical team at international or selected national sports events.

The subsequent Module 2 of this complementary sports education will need an extra 200h of sports education to fulfill the 300h formation required by the Swiss Chiropractic Academy for the obtention of a ChiroSuisse Complementary Certification. A suggested possibility to cumulate 200h after the 100h already obtained from the ICCSP program, would be 100h practical experience (out-of-clinic sport experience, maybe also case study and/or peer group presentations) and another 100h through 6-8 additional seminars and/or courses in collaboration with the Swiss Association of Sports Medicine.

After investigating the feasability of such a program, t
he Education Commission has concluded that the realisation of this complementary sports education program is not possible.


Back to content | Back to main menu