President’s Message

ACBSP™ Certificant Presidential Update September 2021

The ACBSP home office, committee members and board of directors have continued to press forward to the benefit of the ACBSP, the ACBSP certificants and the patients who are served by the certificants. This President’s message serves as an update to recent board related activities.

The ACBSP has formed one examination committee to help ensure that best practices regarding the ACBSP examinations continues to grow for the written and practical examinations. Holly Westbrook, DC, DACBSP®, EMT, CSCS was appointed as the chairperson of the newly formed ACBSP examination committee. The written examination chair is Scott Vanina, DC, DACBSP and the practical examination co-chairs are Todd Petersen, DC, DACBSP and Annie Babikian DC, DACBSP.

The new computer-based testing is moving forward providing examinees a comfortable at home setting to write the examinations and saving funds related to travel to write the written examinations. Both examinations continue to provide solid psychometric data regarding the validity of identifying competency in the candidates. The pass/fail scores are determined based upon the pass score (cut-score) as determined by the examination committees using the expertise of the ACBSP psychometrician. The examinations are designed to identify entry level competencies related to the work of the DACBSP® or CCSP®.

We all recognize that diversity and inclusion are important to society as a whole as well as the ACBSP. Inclusion is important for the ACBSP because diversity improves the fabric of what we do. We provide for all patients who enrich our lives. The various barriers and opportunities for the implementation of diversity in healthcare practices are known. There is a lack of consensus regarding how healthcare professionals work with diversity. A “neutral approach” does not meet today’s standards. To raise the awareness and enhance the competence of ACBSP related healthcare professionals, related educational programming, examination fairness and sports medicine networks a definitive pathway forward is required. To move forward the ACBSP will create a Diversity and/or Inclusion statement.

This November the ACBSP will host a strategic planning retreat to set the agenda for the ACBSP in the upcoming years. The board of directors, home office staff and examination committee chairs will meet to identify where the organization needs to move forward in the future. If you have ideas of key areas that need to be considered please drop me an email and share your thoughts. A recap of the meeting outcomes will be provided in a future president’s letter.

The ACBSP president can appoint up to two advisors. We welcome Drs. Erica Witter Davis, DC, DACBSP and Annie Babikian, DC, DACSBP as the presidential advisors during my term as president. Additionally, the future of the ACBSP is represented by the first honorary student advisor to the president, Jasmine Piper. Jasmine is a former soccer athlete who is finishing her DC education with a commitment to obtain her CCSP as soon as possible. We need to hear all these great advisors thoughts. I encourage you to support the board and advisors as well as engage them with your ideas and thoughts to improve the ACBSP.

The ACBSP position statements on sports related concussion and the periodic health examination (PPE) are slated to be updated within the next year. The next international

concussion consensus was to have been held in Paris, France on October 28-30, 2020. The conference, like so many others, was cancelled because of COVID. The ACBSP position statement on concussion will be updated accordingly.

There is continuing contraction and in some cases expansion of the ACBSP certificants abilities to practice sports medicine. The most common areas are around the periodic health examination and sports related concussion. The ACBSP is seeking a certificant in good standing in each of the states, or jurisdictional areas, to monitor and report back to the ACBSP the current status of your ability to perform a PPE and evaluate and manage sports related concussion, including return to play decision making. Another area of interest is to identify opportunities for the ACBSP to support State related opportunities for our certificants to fully practice as you are trained to. Contact Cindy Hayter @ if you would like to volunteer to help the ACBSP monitor these activities for your state.

As always, feel free to drop me an email @ with your thoughts. Thank you for your continued support of the ACBSP.


Mid June 2021

Website and ACBSP…. ACA™ Sports Council …. FICS™

You may have noticed a new website for the ACBSP™. If not, you need to check it out. The website committee of Alicia Oswald, Kevin Bradley and Todd Narson worked with our Executive Director Cindy Hayter and webmaster Jay Ferguson at Xtomic to deliver your desires. This website is a lot easier because it has an actual search feature; it allows you to move through drop down screens without opening multiple tabs and most importantly it will allow you to update your practice information. 

The website is a work in progress.

Jay is currently developing the function of allowing active certificants to update specific practice information such as practice name, practice address and website address.  Once the functionality is in place, an email will be sent to all active certificants with login instructions. Certain items are set in stone and must be handled by the national office such as: CCSP® vs DACBSP®, certificate numbers, certificate dates and active/ inactive. More information will be coming on this feature, so remember to check your emails.

Thank you to everyone who completed the DACBSP® Job Analysis. This necessary tool enables the ACBSP™ to provide accurate testing to validate your credentials. What do we mean by this? Your credentials are important when working events in the United States. It ensures there is a minimal competency met when a CCSP® or DACBSP® comes to work an event. 

The question comes up frequently as to why there are three sports groups covering sports chiropractic – the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians™ (ACBSP™), ACA™ Sports Council™ (ACA™ Sports Council) and Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport™ (FICS™) To help you understand the purpose of each group and why each necessarily exists, here is an explanation:

The ACBSP™ is the only national certifying body for sports chiropractic in the United States. It is not an organization you join. You are either certified or you are not. You take the necessary coursework, meet the requirements by passing written examinations, complete on-field hours and take practical examinations depending on if you choose to become a CCSP® or a DACBSP®. You pay annual certification fees, maintain a current CPR and meet the annual CEU requirement of 12 for CCSP® or 24 for DACBSP®. If you choose to surrender your trademarked letters, you are no longer certified by the ACBSP™ and can no longer use or display the CCSP® or DACBSP® marks. 

The ACA™ Sports Council is the sports chiropractic division of the American Chiropractic Association™. You are not required to have a CCSP® or DACBSP® to belong. There is a requirement that you must be an ACA™ member also when joining the ACA™ Sports Council. Several CCSPs® and DACBSPs® belong to the ACA™ Sports Council. The only sports certifications the American Chiropractic Association™ (ACA) recognizes in the United States are the CCSP® and the DACBSP®.  The ACA™ Sports Council is a valuable organization providing many opportunities for those with interest in sports chiropractic to work in the field. There are student groups at each chiropractic college who enjoy the experience of working events with the doctors of the ACA™ Sports Council. A professional and educational trade/member organization for active chiropractors, the ACA™ Sports Council is committed to improving and promoting chiropractic treatment of athletes. By working with athletic organizations and allied health professionals there is a better understanding of the value of sports chiropractic care.

FICS™ is the sports chiropractic division who broadens the scope of sports chiropractic outside of the United States. With a worldwide membership, FICS™ strives to provide equitable access to sports chiropractic care, education, mentoring, and research to all athletes and sports chiropractors regionally, nationally, and internationally. FICS™ maintains relationships with international sporting federations, and educational institutions with chiropractic programs across the globe. Many international events are offered as experiences to share sports chiropractic with athletes of various nations. FICS™ promotes an international certificate in sports chiropractic (ICSC); they require this certification to work their international events. This is not related to the ACBSP™, CCSP® or DACBSP®. FICS™ does provide advanced placement for their international certification to those who hold a current CCSP® or DACBSP® certification. 

Each year meetings are held between ACBSP™, ACA™ Sports Council and FICS™ to ensure we all work as a team promoting the best care given to athletes in the world.

Anyone with interest to work in the specialty field of sports chiropractic in the USA should be encouraged to take the ACBSP™ certification exams as it makes our specialty field of sports chiropractic stronger for everyone – doctors, athletes, parents, coaches, etc.


May 2021

Website….Practical Exam….DACBSP Job Analysis….Concussion Course….Covid words…. and a Hearty Welcome! Written Exam check done!

Here is the May update:  

     We have a new website! We thank web developer Jay Ferguson at Xtomic for creating a new and improved website for the ACBSP™. User friendly, faster, better search-ability for the entire website including the directory, less clicking to find things and several other exciting changes – you asked for it and you now have it! It will launch Monday, 31 May 2021. Do not crash it with your excitement of everybody logging in at once!

     The DACSBP® practical exam will be administered in Dallas, Texas, 25-26 June 2021 at Parker University. There are specific COVID-19 protocols in place. Please read them to ensure your eligibility for the testing procedure. Registration has closed.

     It’s that time again – time for the DACBSP® Job Analysis. Yes, it can be tedious to review what you do as a diplomate, but this ensures a fair test plan and testing process for future DACBSP®s. Since testing is what we do, we’d like to get it right. The goal is to test new candidates on the current research and practice methods being used. The JA is the only way to evaluate this. It’s only once every 5 years. Please take the time to complete this survey. It will take you some time, so get some coffee or a glass of wine, settle in and help validate the field of sports chiropractic. The Job Analysis will go out on Monday, May 31st. Please complete this by Wednesday, June 16th.

     If you attended the symposium, you paid for the concussion course and received an access link. Please do NOT forget to take the course. The deadline for completion is July 31, 2021. Do not forget and let your money go to waste! Update yourself on the current concussion protocols and research behind the rationales. Remember you will receive state CEUs only until the deadline.

     Speaking of symposium…wasn’t it great? So many of you sent incredibly positive reviews and we thank you all for sharing. Virtual can never replace live, in person, but many of you felt the value and commented that you felt there was much you could take to work the next day. Dr. Melissa Nagare did an outstanding job handling the technology involved in the presentation. Congratulate her – she has been awarded the President’s Award for Outstanding Service for her role in making the virtual symposium exist!

     So many of you played the symposium COVID word game. There were 12 words. The names of everyone who listed them correctly was put into a hat and the winner of a free CPR recert at the next live symposium is……. Dr. Tamera Tolson!Congratulations!

     The CCSP® and DACSBP® written examination results are out! Congratulations to all new CCSPs and DACBSPs who have completed the first or final step! They will be listed on the website soon.

     And finally, a hearty welcome to Michelle Burch! Michelle will be joining the ACBSP™ home office as our new full time Administrative Assistant. Michelle is a resident of Colorado Springs and started at the national office Tuesday, May 18th. 

     The ACBSP™ is working to make the specialty field of sports chiropractic stronger through solid testing and increasing public awareness to sports chiropractic. Grow with us!