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Sports program helps D.C.s achieve their personal best

The College’s CCSP and DACBSP certificate programs draw Palmer chiropractors as well as graduates from other chiropractic colleges.
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Specialty programs in chiropractic are more popular than ever with practitioners looking for a clinical niche in practice. One of the most in-demand programs in Palmer’s CE program is sports.

“I had a situation with a 15-year-old athlete,” recalled Ron Shepherd, D.C., DACBSP, Davenport ’94, a candidate for the Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Physicians (DACBSP) through Palmer. “He had a very serious atypical condition—neuropraxia paresthesia motor deficit—that others failed to recognize, but I did, only because I had learned about the condition in the sports program.”

Palmer has produced some of the top-trained sports practitioners in North America with its 100+ hours Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) certificate program and the DACBSP, which provides an additional 200+ hours to the certificate program. Both are taught through a live/online hybrid that saves money and time away from the office.

“Our learners boast some of the highest pass rates in sports programming,” said Senior Director of Continuing Education Laurie Mueller, D.C., Davenport, ’97. “We’ve hosted doctors from a variety of chiropractic institutions and welcomed them into the program.”

Western States Chiropractic College alumna Kelly Shockley, D.C., CCSP, for one, feels that having the CCSP credential has opened doors for her. “It gave me instant credibility,” she said. “I have been taking care of the local high school athletes and have worked with athletes from other high schools, as well.”

Specialty programming, from sports to pediatrics or orthopedics, often serves as a springboard for chiropractors to do the type of work they most love. Diplomates can expect more interactions via interprofessional and cross-disciplinary referrals and partnerships, and gives them preparation for roles such as team physicians, insurance examiners or expert witnesses for cases in litigation.

“Enrolling in the sports programming certification courses provides much more than modern methods of instruction,” said Bill Moreau, D.C., Davenport ’81, who coordinates Palmer’s CCSP and DACBSP programming. “Learners build lifelong friendships with fellow doctors who also aspire to expand the knowledge and skills required to provide the best class of chiropractic care.”

Palmer’s CE Department currently plans to offer CCSP programs in Virginia, Iowa, and on the West Coast beginning in the Fall of 2009. For more information, visit or call (800) 452-5032.

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