SEPTEMBER 30, 2009
Maison du Sport International, Avenue de Rhodanie 54, CH-1007Lausanne
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR
ROLAND NOIRAT DC, ICSSD TOM HYDE DC, DACBSP
The World Games during 10 days Around The World in Sports Chi-
in July in Taiwan were a success ropractic in this issue of the FICS
for FICS and the many athletes News, gives you an exciting taste
served by the FICS team of 28 of what sports chiropractors are
sports chiropractors from 13 doing throughout the world to
countries. See the World Games reports in this serve athletes and build knowledge of the
FICS News. unique contribution our profession can make.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Many of the important things are done quietly. A
these doctors, all volunteers, for their out- good example is the recent lecture given by Dr.
standing commitment and effort at one of the Carlo Guadagno of Miami, Florida to the CON-
most important games events for athletes, FICS CACAF Congress on Football and Sports Medi-
and the increasing acceptance of sports chiro- cine in Costa Rica—so the FICS News and I are
practic within the Olympic Movement. pleased to provide a report on that.
Following the successes at Duisburg, Germany This lecture at a major congress endorsed by
in 2003 and now in Kaohsiung, Taiwan the Inter- FIFA was arranged by FICS at the invitation of
national World Games Association is committed Yolanda Camacho Kortman, DC, of Costa Rica,
to the inclusion of chiropractic services at future who serves on the Executive of the Costa Rican
games, and we are already commencing prepa- Football Association. It introduced chiropractic
rations for the 2013 World Games in Cali, Co- to many leaders in football administration and
lombia. sports medicine in Latin America. This is a part
of the world, of course, where football attracts
From October 10-18 Sports Chiropractic Austra-
lia, the FICS affiliate in Australia, will be fielding
the largest sports chiropractic team ever at the Let me share with you some words from Dr. Ted
World Masters Games in Sydney. This is the big- Forcum, President, ACA Sports Council. In an
gest multi-sport event in the world. There will be email to Dr. Guadagno following his lecture Ted
more than 20,000 athletes. notes that “the profession only sees chiropractic
Cont’d on pg. 2 ►
in the high profile events, but without the
bridges that occur from practitioners reaching
C O N T E N T S across the aisle , as you have done, the opportu-
Commissions Changes ················································ 2
nity for DCs to participate in high-profile events
ExCo and Commissions ·············································· 3 would not exist”. Like Ted I know Carlo well,
Future Events··························································· 4 from the Florida and ACA Sports Councils. I
Reports on World Games: have seen the excellent powerpoint in Spanish
Steinbrenner···························································· 5 for his lecture and completely endorse Ted’s con-
Wasserman ····························································· 7 clusion that this was “a great opportunity that
The South Africans ···················································· 8
did not go to waste”.
Interview Dr. Jackie Huang ··········································· 9
Interview Dr. Hamid Sadri ··········································10 Many of you are quietly building similar bridges
Around the World ···················································12 and opportunities for the profession. I salute you
ICSSD Report ·························································18 all.
President’s Message Continued...
I thank SCA President Dr Peter Garbutt, FICS ExCo representative for the Pacific Region Dr Gaery
Barbery and our colleagues from Australia for their commitment to make chiropractic services avail-
able to all athletes.
The year 2009 has been a very active one for FICS, and an increasing number of international sports
federations and games organizers are requesting and discussing the use of FICS services. For that
reason I invite all sports chiropractors to gain the ICSSD certification that FICS is offering throughout
This is a requirement to be part of a FICS team. But it also provides a gateway to games events where
you meet colleagues from different regions and cultures, and have unique professional experiences as
described in the World Games reports. Go to www.fics-sport.org for further information on the
ICSSD and future courses.
On behalf of our patients and our profession, I wish you success in your sports chiropractic practice.
Dr. Roland Noirat
FICS COMMISSION CHANGES
Alex Steinbrenner, DC, ICSSD, FICS Secretary-General
At its September 15 meeting the FICS Executive of the Swiss Chiropractic
approved changes in two FICS Commissions: Sports Council and a lecturer
for the Swiss Chiropractic
Institute. Philippe is married
Communications Commission. with 5 children and his main
With regret but full understanding the Executive sports are skiing and soccer,
accepted the resignation of Dr. Martin Camara of which he still plays in the
the Philippines as Chair of CoCOM. Martin, who senior league.
remains on the CoCOM as a member, stepped
down in the best interests of FICS because of his
Dr. Philippe Roulet
growing other responsibilities as Co-Chair of the
Medical Commission of the Philippine Olympic International Federations Commission
Committee and Chair, Philippines Board of Chiro-
Dr. Brian Nook of Australia, who led the FICS
practic. He is also preparing for 12 major regional
delegation to the SportAccord Meeting this year
international games over the next 3 years. We
and also led the FICS team at the World Games,
thank him for his tremendous past and continued
replaces me as Chair of the CoIFs. I remain as a
work for FICS and sports chiropractic.
member. A newly appointed member is Dr.
Dr. Philippe Roulet of Switzerland is the new Hamid Sadri from Atlanta, GA, USA. Dr. Sadri,
Chair, approved on the recommendation of Dr. originally from Iran, was a member of the FICS
Camara. Philippe, a serving member of the Co- team at the World Games and see the interview
COM, is a 1986 Canadian Memorial Chiropractic with him appearing in this FICS News.
College graduate practising in Yverdon-les-Bains
near Lake Neuchatel. He is a prominent member
FICS EXECUTIVE COUNCIL — 2009
PRESIDENT VICE-PRESIDENT SECRETARY- INTERIM- INTERIM-
GENERAL EXECUTIVE EXECUTIVE
Roland Noirat Brian Nook Alex Steinbrenner Marcelo Botelho Sheila Wilson Charmaine
Switzerland Australia Germany Brazil USA Koporaal
Europe Europe Latin America North America South Africa
Rnoirat@ b.nook@ info@chiropraktik- quiropraxia@ IndySportsDoc@
murdoch.edu.au wolfsburg.de hotmail.com iquest.net
Robert Mustafa Agaoglu John Downes Gaery Barbery Carla How Gordon Lawson
Singapore Turkey USA Australia United Kingdom Canada
Asia Eastern North America Pacific Member at large Member at large
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org carlahow@scotia maxlawson@
Commission of Communication (CoCOM) Sherri LaShomb, Chief of Finances—USA
Philippe Roulet, Chair—Switzerland Fabrizio Mancini—USA
Mustafa Agaoglu, ExCO—Turkey
Gaery Barbery, ExCO—Australia Commission of Games(CoGAM)
Tim Ray , Chair—USA
Yolanda Camacho Kortman—Costa Rica
Marcelo Botelho, ExCO—Brazil
Tom Greenway—United Kingdom
Charmaine Korporaal, ExCO—South Africa
Gregory Oke—New Zealand
Commission of Education (CoEDU) Alex Steinbrenner, ExCO—Germany
Tim Stark, Chair —Australia Robert Wassermann, ExCO—Singapore
Rikke Craven, Co-Chair—Denmark Sheila Wilson, ExCO—USA
John Downes, ExCO—USA
Commission of International Sports
Brian Nook, Chair—Australia
Brian Nook, ExCO—Australia
Roland Noirat, ExCO—Switzerland
Ed Rothman—United Kingdom
Dik Skippings—United Kingdom
Alex Steinbrenner, ExCO—Germany
Commission of Ethics (CoETH)
Commission of Research (CoRES)
Carla How, Co Chair, ExCO—United Kingdom
Henry Pollard, Chair—Australia
Susan Bromley, Co-Chair—USA
Roland Noirat, ExCO—Switzerland
Commission of Finance (CoFIN) Craig Liebenson—USA
Christopher Wegelin, Chair—Switzerland Craig Morris—USA
Howie Fidler—USA Thomas Souza—USA
ICSSD Module 1 — Lower Extremities
October 2-4, 2009
All details at: www.fics-sport.org
ICSSD Module 2 — Upper Extremities
October 15-18, 2009
All details at: www.fics-ch.org/Lausanne2009
Masters Games, Sydney, Australia
October 10-18, 2009
More details: www.2009mastersgames.com
‘In-Residence’ Sport Chiropractic Program in Chile
December 2009—3, 4, 5, 6
April 2010—22, 23, 24, 25
FICS Headquarters: Administrative Office:
MSI Maison du Sport International c/o World Federation of Chiropractic
Avenue de Rhodanie 54 1246 Yonge Street, Suite 203
CH – 1007_Lausanne VD Switzerland Toronto, ON M4T 1W5 Canada
Tel: +41 (21) 601 0858 Fax: +41 (21) 601 7923 Tel: 1 416 484 9091 Fax: 1 416 484 9665
Roland Noirat, DC—President Sandra Brown —Executive Secretary
Reports on 2009 World Games, Taiwan
(Three reports follow: From Dr. Steinbrenner, Dr. Wasserman and the South Africans)
Alex Steinbrenner, DC, ICSSD, FICS Secretary-General
Put simply in the words of the IWGA The FICS delegation included 28 highly qualified
President Ron Froehlich: “The best and committed sports chiropractors from 13 dif-
World Games ever!” ferent countries led by Chef de Mission, Dr. Brian
Nook, Dean, Faculty of Chiropractic and Sports
The 8th World Games were held July
Science, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia.
16-26 in the beautiful harbor city of
Kaohsiung in Taiwan. Over 5,000 More than 1,000 athletes were examined and
participants from 103 countries took treated by FICS doctors during the competition. In
part. Throughout ten competition days 186 finals a preliminary FICS report prepared by the re-
in 31 sports took place. The World Games are part search team led by Dr. Deb Nook over 80% of pa-
of the Olympic movement, using the 5 rings, but tients documented pain reduction—and 99% re-
feature sports not yet admitted to the Olympic turned to competition.
Games—such as ultimate frisbee, life saving,
These are just a few facts from a report which will
rugby sevens, sumo wrestling, archery, rhythmic
be incorporated into the final IWGA documenta-
gymnastics, ballroom dancing, and various ball
tion and presented to Sports Federation Presidents
and the IOC.
To all members of the FICS team I say that the im-
pact your work has made for the athletes, the vol-
unteers, our profession and our standing in the
international world of sports is tremendous.
Thank you all for your great support, time and
IWGA President Ron Froehlich said: “All of us are
grateful for the support of all the citizens of Kaoh-
siung. We have all enjoyed the events and the true
sportsmanship we witnessed between the athletes.
Top Sports and High Spirits with Fair Play was
without doubt the order of the day.”
More than 280,000 spectators watched the open- At the end of the closing ceremony Froehlich
ing- and closing ceremonies and the sports events. hnded the symbol of The World Games to Pascual
More than 1.2 million people celebrated the Guerrero, President and Director of the Colom-
Games at TWG-Plaza in Kaohsiung. bian Organizing Committee for the next World
But what about Chiropractic? Games—to be held in Cali, Colombia in 2013……..
Simple again! “The best Games ever!” We will be there again!!!
Reports on 2009 World Games, Taiwan
Alex Steinbrenner Report continued...
Special thanks to Dr. Brian Nook and Dr. Tim Ray, Chair, FICS Games Commission for their work and
commitment before, during and still after the event. Taiwan tried to exclude chiropractors from the
Games and it was Brian’s negotiating skills on a trip to Taiwan early this year that secured our inclu-
sion. Tim led the time-consuming selection process. Both provided skilled care at the Games. I am very
grateful to have had the pleasure of working with all my colleagues and witnessing a spirit I will long
remember. Thank you again to each doctor on this special and highly successful delegation.
FICS TEAM MEMBERS:
Sabine Amend, Germany Thomas Jeppesen, UK Sven Paris, Germany
Gary Barone, Canada Annette Jorgensen, Denmark Hayden Pooke, Malaysia
Tino Bos, Germany Lotte Langhoff, Denmark Tim Ray, USA
Clive Bridgham, USA Simon Lawson, South Africa Alexander Ruhe, Germany
Hung Chun Haung, Taiwan Kirsten Lewis, Australia Hamid Sadri, USA
Greg Duddy, South Africa Per Lidefelt, Sweden Naoki Sakakibera, Japan
Gary Fitzgerald, UAE Brad Sandler, South Africa
Niklas Founger, UK David Lourie, Australia Alex Steinbrenner, Germany
Sherri LaShomb, USA Jon Tan, Australia
Roland Noirat, Switzerland Carlo Vinci, UK
Francisco Fumarola, Italy Brian Nook, Australia Robert Wasserman, Singapore
Karen Funten, Germany Deb Nook, Australia Sheila Wilson USA
Inga Gossow, Australia Keith Overland, USA
Reports on 2009 World Games, Taiwan
Robert Wasserman, DC, ICSSD
Singapore, FICS Executive Council, Asian Region
We all had a great experience in Kaohsi- important to have a chain of command and rules
ung treating patients, meeting new col- of order. Unfortunately there were a few people
leagues and making new friends in Tai- that had a hard time putting their egos aside and
wan. First of all I would like to thank letting someone else make team decisions for the
Dr. Brian Nook, Dr. Alex Steinbrenner, day. Hopefully at future events, all participating
Dr. Tim Ray, Dr. Deb Nook and David doctors will understand this concept and get with
Chapman-Smith and all others involved for their the program.
selfless hard work to make these 2009 World
As we all know by now Taiwan, together with
Games a wonderful experience and a great step
South Korea, is one of the only two countries in
forward for FICS and the chiropractic profession.
the developed world where chiropractic practice
Myself, I must say that these games have to be one is actually illegal. About 30 of our colleagues have
of the highlights of my almost 28 year career in braved this condition and continue to practice in
chiropractic. All of us who attended were a bit Taiwan.
sceptical of what might happen in Kaohsiung after
Most of them have had their offices closed; equip-
ment confiscated and paid fines just to practice a
profession that is well-recognized and respected
throughout the world.
I hope that all FICS team members will consider
having more involvement with FICS, as we cer-
tainly all need to work together on behalf of ath-
letes and our profession to progress, get in to
more events and build our organization and our
Mascots Gao Mei and Syong Ge are named after the I look forward to being back on the FICS team for
host city, Kaohsiung .They are intended to personify it as "a the next World Games in Cali, Colombia in 2013.
city of the sea and the sun", to emphasize "ecology and
environmental protection", and to symbolize the "friendliness
and hospitality" of the city's residents.
Nos vemos en Cali, Colombia
the protest against chiropractic participation by en 2013!
the Kaohsiung Organizing Committee (KOC).
I must thank our leadership again for not only get-
ting us into these games but for making this a
complete success for us and the people that we
treated. Several sports, such as korfball, flying disc
and cheukball kept our team really hopping.
For many of us, including me, this was our first
FICS sports event that we had attended. Joining a
team with a leader and rules to follow was in
some ways like joining the military—and not as an
officer but as a soldier. This is certainly different
from running one’s own office where you are the
general and in total control. However it became
very evident that in situations like Kaohsiung, it is
Reports on 2009 World Games, Taiwan
The South Africans
Dr. Greg Duddy, Dr. Simon Lawson, Dr. Brad Sandler
From Drs. Greg Duddy, Simon Lawson, Brad The People (of Kaohsiung) - With significant lan-
Sandler. guage barriers in place, communication with the
locals was difficult, often animated, but certainly
The South Africans are home and hard at
rewarding as their open friendly faces lit up with
work again, spreading the Chiropractic love! every interaction (except a
few grumpy cab drivers).
We found the people kind
Our post-Games synopsis reads as follows:
and humble, very willing to
help, even going to great
The Games - A well run, efficient display from the lengths to see us right.
KOC, showing much planning, huge effort and
awesome volunteer support. The diversity of
The Group (FICS) - The cosmopolitan mix and
sporting disciplines was an eye opener, exposing
diversity of the group made for a really interesting
us to many new varieties of sports, their injuries
bunch of people. Australian, German, Danish, Ital-
and associated ailments and codes of conduct. The
ian, South African, Canadian, American, Taiwan-
sportsmanship and camaraderie was, as antici-
ese, Irish, ex-Iranian, Swedish....................wow,
pated, eagerly displayed among the players, offi-
what a multinational soup! The friendships
cials and support staff alike. I believe Taiwan, and
formed, techniques swapped, meals shared, beers
Kaohsiung in particular, put on a magnificent dis-
chugged, jokes shared, boredom overcome, Ty-
play, and can be applauded for this.
phoons battled, markets roamed, views admired
and queues treated have etched memories in our
minds which even the copious number of beers
will battle to erase. These memories will be cher-
ished and chuckled about for many moons to
come, until, one day, not too far away, we can add
to them with new memories from another FICS
The City (Kaohsiung) - This big city showed char- We thank you all for contributing to this box of
acter! Anticipating a certain degree of poverty and memories..............xie xie!
dirtiness, we were pleasantly greeted with a gen-
Until we next meet, stay happy and healthy.
erally well kept, clean environment. The excellent
facilities, parks, waterways, museums
(apparently), shops, malls, markets and hotels,
were not only inviting, but a source of refresh-
ment and excitement. (For some, even the local
FamilyMart was a source of warmth, now com-
monly referred to as scooterism).
Greg, Simon and Brad.
Interview with Dr. Jackie Huang
By Clive Bridgham, DC, DACBSP, ICSSD
Hung-Chan Huang DC, ICSSD(Palmer West, 1999), nia. If she called herself a doctor in the
better known as Jackie to her FICS colleagues, is a na- Chinese language or mentioned any
tive of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, the home of the 2009 World words that included spine or nerve she could be
Games. Dr. Clive Bridgham from Barrington, Rhode fined the equivalent of $1000 USD. She was only
Island, USA, a member of the FICS team at the Games, safe using the word chiropractor as long as it was
caught up with Dr. Huang after breakfast on her way written in English.
to the office.
There is still no law allowing her to practice in
How did a Taiwanese end up as an American- Taiwan. In 2006 the 30 member strong Taiwan
trained doctor of chiropractic? This 37 year old Chiropractic Doctors Society attempted to have
joined our ranks like many of us—through her legislation passed but the proposal was defeated.
experience of chiropractic care. This was given by The TCDS plans to reintroduce legislation for the
Dr. Richard Levine who practices in Seattle, recognition/legalization of chiropractic in the near
As a 17 year old Jackie was studying fashion de- Dr. Huang was kind enough to take me to her of-
sign in Taiwan, but her parents wanted her to fice via a motorcycle ride through the city of
have an American college experience as a liberal Kaohsiung. She weaved expertly in and out of
arts major. That is why she was living in Wash- traffic arriving at her office in time for her first pa-
ington state three years later when, unfortunately tient of the day.
for her but not for the chiropractic profession, she
was the victim of a T-bone car accident. I asked what it was like to start a practice in Tai-
wan where she is not allowed to advertise or even
After 6 months of allo- have exterior signage at the office. “I have an ex-
pathic and oriental tended family here so it was all word of mouth
medicine treatment she and my practice is 99% referral based.”
was no better. Constant
rib pain was interfering Her modern office has numerous adjusting tables
with her 4 hours per as well as a good selection of rehabilitation equip-
day of taekwondo train- ment both high-tech and low-tech.
ing not to mention her
academic studies. She
then sought chiropractic
care on referral from a
lawyer. “I knew nothing
about chiropractic phy-
sicians but within one
month I had great results and was pain free,” she
says. Being a taekwondo competitor she contin-
ued to receive chiropractic treatments for her vari-
ous injuries, and then as part time work became
Dr. Levine’s receptionist.
He encouraged Jackie to apply to chiropractic
school after she earned her BS degree from Seattle
University. She was accepted at Palmer West,
completed her studies in 1999, and returned to
Kaohsiung and opened her practice in 2000.
She found that practicing in Taiwan was a slightly
different experience than her internship in Califor-
Interview with Dr. Jackie Huang
She also has an excellent selection of footwear and Dr. Jackie Huang explains that because of the op-
herbal remedies available for her patients in her position of the medical and the oriental medical
two storey office. Her sister works as her office professions chiropractic is not well understood in
manager in her cash only practice. her country, but she looks forward to a future in
which Taiwanese chiropractors are a fully ac-
Dr. Huang, who has her ICSSD, is leader of the
cepted part of the healthcare system, working to-
FICS member council for Taiwan, the Taiwan
gether for the benefit of their patients and Taiwan-
Sports Chiropractic Council. She has been a key
member of the FICS delegation to the World
Games, acting as local liaison for the FICS team
and Dr. Brian Nook, Chef de Mission.
“I am enjoying the camaraderie of working with
other FICS doctors, especially since they have
doubled the number of practicing DC’s in Tai-
wan”, says Dr. Huang. She then went on to ex-
plain that Taiwan National Television did a story
about how “doctors of chiropractic” were to be
treating athletes at the World Games even though
the practice of chiropractic remains technically
illegal in Taiwan. During this the TV station re-
ceived a call complaining that it was calling chiro-
practors doctors. “They are not real doctors”, said
the caller, illustrating the opposition DCs face in
Interview with Dr. Hamid Sadri
By Clive Bridgham, DC, DACBSP, ICSSD
Hamid Sadri, DC, CCSP, ICSSD (Life College, 1986) ing pain medication. His family, seek-
born in Iran but now living and practicing in the ing an alternative, took him to a DC in
United States, was also a member of the FICS team at Atlanta, who provided significant relief. The
the World Games. Dr. Clive Bridgham interviewed him young Hamid was so impressed with the results
there. that he decided to become a chiropractic physician
As a 15-year old high school student Dr. Hamid himself.
Sadri was sent by his parents with his older sister After graduation from Life at age 23 in 1986 he
to the USA one year before the overthrow of the spent 2 years as an associate and then opened his
Shah in the 1970s. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia own practice. He is now the director of 1st Choice
when his parents joined him in the US a year later. Chiropractic Health Care Center in Atlanta where
His main sport was soccer which he played at the he employs a physical therapist and 3 other chiro-
high school, college and Atlanta Amateur Soccer practic physicians. He is a certified ART instructor
League Levels. and uses Diversified, Thompson, Gonstead, SOT,
His interest in chiropractic began at age 17, when ART, and Graston techniques in his office, as well
he was living in Atlanta, Georgia. His father was as gait analysis.
involved in a serious car accident that left him
paralyzed and in chronic severe pain. The medical
community was unable to help other than provid-
Interview with Dr. Hamid Sadri
His clinic sponsors triathlon and running teams Hamid is especially thankful to FICS for their ef-
and he works at triathlon events in the Atlanta forts in bringing chiropractic services to a major
area. His patients include many professional and games event in Taiwan, where there is no law pro-
Olympic level athletes from the sports of golf, ten- tecting chiropractic practice. “I hope that our chi-
nis, basketball, football, and swimming, including ropractic services in Taiwan will make a giant step
a gold medalist in track and field. Ninety-five per- forward in helping the 30 Taiwanese doctors now
cent of his practice is sports chiropractic. practicing here to achieve licensed status”.
Dr. Sadri is fluent in Farsi, English and Spanish,
which he found helpful here in Kaohsiung at the
2009 World Games, his first international event.
To be qualified for a FICS event he earned his Cer-
tified Chiropractic Sports Physician certification
and then took a weekend module in Canada. That
combined with his sports chiropractic experience,
earned his International Chiropractic Sports Sci-
ence Diploma (ICSSD).
At the World Games he is working venues for fly-
ing disc and ultimate frisbee. He and other FICS
chiropractors have treated the 20 member gold
medal winning US team for all their rolled ankles,
pulled muscles, jammed joints and back pain.
“If not for the chiropractors being here, we could
never have won the gold,” one team member told
him, with others then saying they agreed. In
gratitude they gave him a frisbee signed by the
Dr. Sadri explains that he has also treated gold
medal winners at the 9 ball billiards venue and in
the Chinese martial art Wushu. It was an Iranian
Dr. Hamid Sadri with one of the members of the US
athlete who won the gold in Wushu, and Dr. Sadri
Ultimate Frisbee Team wearing her gold medal
explains there was special significance in treating
an athlete from his home country.
AROUND THE WORLD IN SPORTS CHIROPRACTIC
Gaery Barbery, DC, ICSSD
The Mountain Bike World Championships were which is as low as 25 for diving and swimming
held in Canberra from August 1-6. This is the and does not rise above 35 for any of the 28 sports.
home town of Sports Chiropractic Australia Presi-
These will be the first World Masters Games at
dent Dr. Peter Garbutt, and he was there and
which chiropractors will have an official pres-
treated over 160 patients during the 5 days of
ence—thanks to excel-
lent work by Sports
This included athletes Chiropractic Australia
from 8 countries, several and FICS. The Masters
of whom had little or no Games Chiropractic
experience of chiroprac- Team will have 178
tic care and who asked chiropractors and chi-
for chiropractic services ropractic students,
to be available at future making it the biggest
World Cup events. Well ever contingent to
done Peter! work at a single sport-
Dr. Peter Garbutt at work
ing event anywhere in
Currently we are prepar-
ing for the World Masters Games to be held in A competitor back on the bike
Sydney, October 10-18, 2009. These games are the All of this is possible
world’s largest participatory multi-sport event because of generous sponsorship from the Chiro-
and are governed by the International Masters practors Association of Australia (CAA) which is
Games Association. providing funding of AUD$45,000 for the team.
Particular congratulations to the CAA and SCA
Over 20,000 competitors from many countries are
President, Dr. Peter Garbutt who is coordinating
anticipated in Sydney. The goal is to bring to-
gether men and women for the simple joy of com-
peting in sport. Participants need only satisfy For more information on the World Masters Games go
their sports minimum age criterion for masters, to www.2009worldmasters.com
The first ever CONCACAF Football and Sports For two days, foremost experts from Latin Amer-
Medicine Congress was held at the University of ica, North America and Europe spoke to an audi-
Medical Sciences in San Jose, ence of football administrators, doctors, research-
Costa Rica August 6-7, 2009. ers and medical and PT students on subjects that
CONCACAF is the FIFA re- included physiology, nutrition, doping control,
gional organization for Cen- injuries, training and healthcare management
tral and North America and with respect to football.
Dr. Yolanda Camacho Kortman, a San Jose DC
This was a historic event not who serves on the CONCACAF Board of Direc-
only for CONCACAF and tors had persuaded CONCACAF to include a lec-
Costa Rica but also for chiro- ture on chiropractic and its contribution to the
practic which was featured sports medicine team and approached FICS to ar-
Dr. Guadagno prominently on the program. range a speaker.
Cont’d on pg. 14 ►
COSTA RICA Continued...
That speaker, generously says Dr. Guadagno, “but this was simply due to
making his time available lack of knowledge and my presentation seemed to
without cost, was Dr. answer all concerns.” Dr. Guadagno addressed
Carlo Guadagno of Mi- chiropractic education, specialties and profession-
ami, Florida, President of alism, and also made the audience aware of the
the Florida Chiropractic worldwide acceptance of chiropractic up to the
Association Sports Inju- highest levels in sport.
ries Council and Secre-
Following the meeting Dr. Carlos Palavicini,
tary of the American Chi-
President of the
Sports Injuries Council.
Dr. Guadagno to
Dr. Guadagno, whose
a Saturday trip to
family background is Co-
his beach home
Drs. Kortman and lombian and who is flu-
Guadagno ent in Spanish, is a 1988
Palmer graduate with an
impressive record in elite sports chiropractic. For-
time with other
tunately this included working with the Costa Ri-
can football team at CONCACAF’s 2007 USA
and “ enormous
Gold Cup, where he was medical director at the
lowing this pow-
“Chiropractic is not yet well known within sports erful, informa-
medicine circles in Costa Rica” says Dr. Camacho tion-packed and
Kortman, “and Dr. Guadagno’s presentation was successful event.” Dr. Guadagno with Rodrigo Kenton,
truly excellent and very well received.” He has Headcoach, Costa Rican Football
been invited back for the next congress, to be held Team
in San Jose August 4-5, 2011.
“Before my presentation I was aware of some con-
cern about a “quiropractico” on the program,”
Sports chiropractic is to be well rep- and will also provide chiropractic services for
resented at the World Taekwondo members of his national team. This is particularly
Championships and the Second In- significant because next year the World Youth
ternational Symposium of Taek- Taekwondo Championships will be held in Mex-
wondo Studies which take place in ico.
Copenhagen, Denmark October 12-
The value of FICS can be seen
from the fact that Dr. Luengas and
Dr. M. Kazemi
Dr. Mohsen Kazemi, Medical Chair, Dr. Kazemi met at the FICS Sym-
Ontario Taekwondo Association and a world class posium in Montreal earlier this
taekwondo athlete himself, will be chairing the year and are coordinating their
rehabilitation sessions at the symposium and pre- efforts to promote the acceptance
senting three research papers. He will then serve and availability of chiropractic
as team doctor for the Canadian team at the services at the World Taekwondo
World Championships. Federation.
Dr. S. Luengas
Dr. Saul Luengas, a Palmer West graduate from For more information on Copenhagen games go to
Mexico who serves on the FICS Communications
Commission, is also a speaker at the symposium 14
French Chiropractic Sports Council formed. led the formation of the FCSC/CFCS. “We
strongly encourage all countries throughout the
FICS welcomes the French Chiropractic Sports
world to follow this example”, says Dr. Fleuriau,
Council / Conseil Fran-
“affiliating with FICS to create a unified body of
çais en Chiropratique du
sports chiropractic on an international level”.
Sport ( FCSC/CFCS ),
the newly formed na- In a parallel development the Institut Franco Eu-
tional non-profit organi- ropeen de Chiropractique (IFEC), the French chi-
zation in France in the ropractic school now with campuses in Paris and
domain of sports. Toulouse, is offering a sports chiropractic course
leading to an ICSSD. This will be 2 years in length
Congratulations to Dr.
in French, and commences in December 2009.
Philippe Fleuriau, President of the Association
Française de Chiropratique (AFC) and a member
of the FICS Communication Commission, who has
Richard Gakner, DC, ICSSD, MSc
The 18th International Maccabi Games were staged
in Israel in July. According to the official website
for the event, www.maccabiah.com, there were
approximately 9000 participants from 51 coun-
The Israeli Chiropractic Sports Council, which is
the national affiliate of FICS, was given the re-
sponsibility of coordinating chiropractic support
for the event. Under the codirection of Dr. Richard
Gakner and Dr. Gilon Gobrin, the ICSC was inti-
mately involved with planning and consultation Opening Ceremony
as part of the overall medical support.
In order to be registered as a sanctioned chiro-
practic provider for the event, it was compulsory
for the DC to be a FICS member. In total there
were 12 chiropractors working in an official ca-
pacity, 9 from Israel, 2 from the USA and 1 from
Great Britain. There were at least 4 other chiro-
practors working in an unofficial capacity.
The chiropractic services were well received over-
all, and we know that we have left the organizers
and athletes alike with a favorable impression of
our commitment, hard work and the valuable role Rugby at the Games.
of chiropractic services. From left to right: Drs. Glen Schor Haskin (Miami, FL,
USA), Claudio Merkier (London, England), Richard Gakner
(Netanya, Israel), Howie Fidler (St. Louis Park, MN, USA)
Mustafa Agaoglu, DC, ICSSD, FICS Executive Council, Eastern Mediterranean Representative
Congratulations to Dr. Jelloul Belhouari of Casa- meters and 1 mile.
blanca and Dr. Stefan Salim of San Jose, California
Dr. Salim, also from Casablanca though currently
on the formation of the Moroccan Sports Chiro-
living and practicing in San
practic Council, the most recent FICS affiliate and
Jose, is a graduate of Palmer
West. He hold qualifications in
Dr. Belhouari, a Cleveland College both chiropractic and medicine
Graduate, has served as team chi- and his sports chiropractic prac-
ropractor to the famous Moroccan tice has athletes from many
track and field team and the na- sports, including boxing where
tional soccer team since the mid he is chiropractic physician for
1990s. He first gained prominence the Dreamland Boxing Club in Dr. J. Belhouari
in Morocco when treating Hincham San Jose.
el-Guerroug, former world cham-
Dr. S. Salim
pion and record holder in the 1500
Robert Wasserman, DC, ICSSD, FICS Executive Council, Asian Representative
Singapore will be hosting the inau- Being from Singapore, and as the Asian represen-
gural Youth Olympic Games tative on the FICS Executive Council, I have met
(YOC) from August 14-16, 2010. with Mr. Ng Ser Miang, the Singapore member of
The Games will receive some 5,000 the IOC Executive Committee and the person re-
athletes and officials from the 205 sponsible for bringing the Games to Singapore,
National Olympic Committees, and officials within the Ministry of Health who
along with an estimated 800 media are organizing the health care team for the Games.
Dr. Wasserman representatives, 20,000 local and I have explained how much chiropractic services
international volunteers, and more than 500,000
can contribute to the athletes as well the overall
spectators. Young athletes aged between 14 and
success of the Games. I hope to have positive
18 years will compete in the games, as well as
news regarding our involvement soon, and we
serve as cultural ambassadors for their countries.
can then prepare for one of the biggest interna-
tional sporting events ever held in Singapore.
THAILAND and THE PHILLIPINES
Martin Camara, DC, ICSSC
Chiropractic Sports Medicine Care in the Asian Martial Games, Bangkok, Thailand
The Philippine Olympic Committee fielded Dr. in Bangkok, Thailand, August 1-9, 2009. The next
Camara, Co-Chair of their Medical Commission Asian Martial Games in 2011 will be combined
and sports chiropractor, together with sports with the Asian Indoor Games.
therapist Martin Boassen and family physician Dr.
Ferdie Brawner to care for the needs of 35 athletes
competing in the first Asian Martial Games held
THAILAND and THE PHILLIPINES
We competed in taekwondo, karate, muay Thai,
kick boxing, san shou and penjat silat.
The Philippines came in 8th out of 35 countries in
total medal standing garnering 2 golds, 6 silvers
and 10 bronze medals. We had the opportunity to
do on-site pre-competition and post-competition
evaluation and treat-
ment. Active isolated
ing, myofascial release
techniques and chiro-
were well-utilized by
the majority of the ath-
letes. They reported
relief of chronic and
Instrument Assisted Mid Scapular Release on Karate Athlete
Dr Camara releases Shoulder of acute injuries and an
Muay Thai Bronze Medalist increase in their ranges
from Team Philippines of movement.
Sheila Wilson, DC, ICSSD, FICS Executive Council, USA
FICS member Dr. Craig Liebenson, one of many work of McGill, Janda, Kolar and others and fo-
sports chiropractors working with professional cuses on the functional assessment and manage-
teams in the US, has now been team chiropractor ment of athletes.
for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers for the past 4
“Typically trainers are more treatment oriented
years. He is also a consultant to the Arizona Dia-
and team physicians are focused on orthopedic
mondbacks, where he works with Ken Crenshaw,
assessment”, says Liebenson, “but the key link in
ATC, one of Major League Baseball’s most senior
rehab, injury prevention and performance en-
hancement is in finding and addressing the gap
Dr. Liebenson also presents workshops for Mark between an athlete’s
Versteegan’s Athlete Performance sport demands and
(www.athleteperformance.com) for trainers of functional-
elite athletes from around the world at Athlete performance capac-
Performance’s training ity”. Dr. Liebenson’s
center in Tempe, Ari- approach allows him
zona. Dr. Liebenson’s to bridge the gap be-
approach, more fully tween skills coaches
described in his highly (e.g. pitching, hitting),
regarded text Rehabili- strength/conditioning
tation of the Spine: A coaches, ATCs, PTs,
Practitioners Manual and orthopedic sur-
(2nd Edn, Lippencott geons.
Williams & Wilkins Dr. Liebenson trains Chad Tracy
Dr. Liebenson with NBA star of the Arizona Diamondbacks
2007) integrates core
chiropractic with the
FICS EDUCATION COMMISSION — ICSSD REPORT
Timothy Stark, DC, ICSSD, Chair, FICS Education Commission
CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE RECENT GRADUATES FROM THE ICSSD PROGRAM
Andrew McHardy Saul Luengas
Michael Black USA
United Kingdom James Soetebeer
Anthony Lavin Robin Hunter
Dik Skipping Stuart Lawrence
What is an ICSSD and how do you get it? In summary, the requirements for an ICSSD are:
The International Chiropractic Sport Science Di- Those without a Postgraduate Qualification.
ploma is a postgraduate program of 2 weekend
seminars combined with distance learning de- 1. Complete Modules 1 and 2 (weekend
signed by the FICS Education Commission in col- hands-on seminars)
laboration with Northwestern Health Sciences 2. Complete the FICS video program
University in the USA. We have some of the top (distance learning through lectures on CD-
international lecturers in sports chiropractic pre- ROM)
senting this program. FICS’s aim is to set an ap- 3. Publishable manuscript or poster presenta-
propriate minimum standard in theoretical and tion or practical experience
practical sports chiropractic education for chiro- 4. Pass the FICS written examination
practors wanting to develop special competence in 5. Verify current certification in CPR or
the field of sports chiropractic and to be qualified equivalent credentials in emergency proce-
to serve on FICS teams at national and interna- dures.
tional games events. You may sit the FICS written examination after
attending both Modules – examinations are available
The ICSSD is now a prerequisite for the Post- after each Module.
graduate Diploma in Sports Chiropractic at Mur-
doch University in Perth Australia, and in addi- Those with a CCSP.
tion allows for advanced standing in Murdoch
University’s Masters of Sports Science degree. 1. Complete Module 1 or 2
2. Demonstrate practical out-of-clinic
For those who already have a postgraduate sports experience by:
chiropractic qualification (e.g. CCSP or DACBSP a) Documenting time spent work-
in the US, or FCCSS in Canada) and who require ing with athletes outside your
an ICSSD to participate in FICS games teams, clinic and treatment provided;
these postgraduate qualifications can be used to or
gain an ICSSD without difficulty. b) Writing a case study article pub-
lished in a peer reviewed jour-
nal or as a poster presentation
3. Verify current certification in CPR or
equivalent credentials in emergency proce-
No video lectures program or examination are required.
FICS COMMISSIONS REPORTS C
FICS EDUCATION COMMISSION ONTINUED...
Those with a DACBSP or FCCSS or qualifying Masters Degree.
1. Demonstrate practical out-of-clinic experience by:
a) Documenting time spent working with athletes outside your clinic and treatment pro-
b) Writing a case study article, published in a peer reviewed journal or as a poster presenta-
2. Verify current certification in CPR or equivalent credentials in emergency procedures.
No Module, video lectures program or examination are required.
For more information on the ICSSD program, including frequently asked questions and the dates
of future ICSSD seminars, go to Education at www.fics-sport.org or contact me, Dr. Tim Stark, at