Don’t Miss the 2017 ACA Sports Council Annual Symposium

If you’re not a member of the ACA Chiropractic Sports Council…

We are a professional and educational nonprofit organization for active chiropractors who are committed to improving and promoting chiropractic treatment of athletes. We work closely with athletic organizations and allied health professionals to foster better understanding of the value of chiropractic care in sports medicine and treatment.

Our mission is to advance ethical practice of chiropractic sports medicine and exercise science to enhance athletic performance and promote physical fitness.

We advocate for and educate others about the sports chiropractic practice. Find out more about the ACA Sports Council today!

The ACA Sports Council supports doctors from across the U.S. and around the world who desire to become more directly involved with developing and promoting the treatment of athletes.


2017 Annual Symposium in Denver, CO
October 13-14, 2017

The Annual Sports Symposium brings together the best and brightest in sports chiropractic for 14 hours of educational sessions, social events and student research poster presentations.

Each year, we bring together the best and brightest in sports chiropractic – from students pioneering new research to movers and shakers who make sure that chiropractic always has a seat at the table in sports and athletic arenas. Our annual sports symposium is always a ton of fun and offers opportunities to build your professional network, to stay connected to the developments in sports medicine, and to attend cutting-edge information sessions.

This year promises to be one of the best yet as we are returning to one of our FAVORITE host cities – Denver, Colorado! With so many things to do and see among the beauty of the Rockies and the active outdoor sporting community, Denver truly offers something for everyone. We’ve got some exciting things in store for this year, so don’t miss out

Our Speakers and Topics

Ti Pence, DC, CCSP, PFA
Instructor, PATTERN Functional Adjusting

Rhiannon Dickison
Instructor, PATTERN Functional Adjusting

PATTERN Functional Adjusting Upper Extremity – Bridging the Gap Between Chiropractic Adjusting and Functional Movement

This presentation will instill two main concepts: First, how to systematically find joint mobility restrictions, deliver a specific treatment, and then measure the outcome of the intervention. Second, the principle of self-care as a practitioner. PFA® focuses intently on practitioner mechanics by providing practice drills that encourage proper adjusting fundamentals.

Benjamin Fergus
Founder, Grip Approach

Motor Control Grading as a Diagnostic Method

Using motor control of movement as a diagnostic method, chiropractors are able to build a treatment plan around function rather than subjective perceived pain, which has been shown to have diminishing diagnostic value. Classification and grading of motor control via a functional range of motion (fROM) test allows the chiropractor to be more accurate, efficient, and effective with movement-based therapies. This talk will present our theory and research as well as demonstrate 3-5 tests that can be used immediately in practice.

Keith Cronin, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Owner, Sports and Healthcare Solutions, LLC

Advanced Assessment and Treatment for the Throwing Athlete

Throwing injuries are an all too common occurrence in baseball and softball. Years of research has pointed towards over-training, throwing mechanics, and poor preparation. This course focuses on assessment, rehabilitative treatments, and injury prevention strategies to reduce the risk of occurrence in the throwing population. Course content will include biomechanical taping, lower quarter dynamic assessed through center of pressure and force plate data, and advanced systems to improve the overall operation of the segmental kinetic chains that contribute to ideal throwing mechanics.

Matthew Christopher
Owner, Christopher Chiropractic

Modality and Therapeutic Procedure Coding: From Performance to Reimbursement

This overview of documentation and coding for modalities and therapeutic procedures focuses on code selection, timed code rules, and bundled procedures. From doing what is necessary to documenting what you did, to coding for what you did to getting paid by the appropriate party, we will address the entire revenue cycle. The presentation will also discuss how to appeal common third-party payor denials.

Jay Shah, MD
Senior Staff Physiatrist

New Frontiers in Chronic Myofascial Pain and Central Sensitization: Integrating Advancements in the Pain Sciences with Evaluation & Treatment Strategies

Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS) is a pain condition that can be acute or, more commonly, chronic and involves the muscle and its surrounding connective tissue (e.g. fascia). According to Travell and Simons, myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) are central to the syndrome, but are they necessary? Non-pharmacological approaches such as dry needling, electrical stimulation techniques and acupuncture will be discussed. These techniques deactivate painful MTrPs, desensitize affected segments and neuro-modulate subcortical dysfunction, providing more permanent pain and symptom relief. The diagnostic and treatment techniques to be presented are applicable in the management of a variety of chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions.

Jennifer Illes, BSc., DC, MS

Special Considerations for Chiropractors when Managing Female Athletes

This is an exciting time for women in sports: laws are changing, opportunities have become available, and women are discovering their athletic potential. The female athlete also has choices that were not available to previous generations. It is a time of discovery as we learn what the female athlete is capable of accomplishing. “We” includes all of us – coaches, parents, friends, the media, treating professionals, fans, and young athletes themselves. In some ways, what we learn about women athletes will be similar to what is expected in male athletics; however, the female athlete will bring a whole new set of attributes and stylistic differences to sport. It will be important not to limit her with our expectations; rather, we must encourage her to excel to her fullest capabilities.

Ed Le Cara, DC, PhD, MBA, ATC, CSCS
Owner, KinetikChain Denver

Utilizing Movement Screening in the Sports Medicine Setting

Using the deep overhead squat as a movement-based assessment to help determine if a patient has quality movement. Based on the findings, corrective exercises are prescribed to improve human movement and correct dysfunctional movement patterns.

Jim Hoven, DC, DACBSP
Project Move

Medical/Legal Aspects of Treating on the Sidelines

Mike Nelson, CSCS, MSME, PhD
Instructor for Health and Fitness,
Globe University

Breakout Session: Matching Nutrition to Exercise Bioenergetics: Implications for Metabolic Flexibility

There is a lot of information out there about exercise and nutrition, but there is not much about how to properly match the exercise stimulus with the correct nutritional approach. By viewing this through the lens of metabolic flexibility – how your body can use both fats and carbs for fuel – you can get a better adaptation (strength, power, body composition). We will also touch briefly on the role of supplements and genetics in relation to metabolic flexibility.

Matthew Antonucci,

President, NeuroSynergy Associates, PA

Vestibular Rehabilitation

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