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Diplomate American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, (DACBSP®)

A Diplomate (DACBSP®) of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians awards the highest level of sports training in the field of Chiropractic.  Currently, there are about 300 Diplomate Sports Physicians in the country.  The program is rigorous and time consuming taking two or more years to complete. 

Drs. Grove is one of five Diplomate Sports Physicians in the State of Virginia. The skills learned as a Diplomate Sports Physician enable doctors to treat the highest level of sports-related injuries in her field.  The Diplomate allows them to work at any level sports event and/or with any level sports team. 

The first step in becoming a Diplomate is to complete the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians (CCSP®) certification which requires 120 hours of training.  Then, an additional 200+ hours required to prepare for the DACBSP accreditation.

Applicants for the Diplomate must fulfill four criteria to become a DACBSP®:

  1. Provide proof of over 100 hours of on-field sports experience working as a team doctor or treating chiropractor/sports rehabilitation specialist
  2. Write an abstract for publication on a case study or research project
  3. Take a comprehensive written examination (several hundred questions)
  4. Take a comprehensive practical examination covering the topics of:
    • Upper Extremity Injuries Assessment and Treatment
    • Lower Extremity Injuries Assessment and Treatment
    • Emergency Medicine Protocols
    • Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Assessment
    • Taping Protocols
    • Radiology

Upon successful completion of the required training, and passing the rigorous examination process, the applicant then becomes a Diplomate, or DACBSP® (Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians).  This program is fully accredited by the Institute of Credentialing Excellence (ICE). ICE is the gold standard for certifying healthcare programs.  Although there are many 'certification' and 'diplomate' programs in the chiropractic field, they are not deemed legitimate unless accredited by the ICE.

Please visit the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians® to learn more about the CCSP® and the DACBSP® programs.