International Federation of Sports Chiropractic

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International Federation of Sports Chiropractic
FICS Logo photo.bmp
Abbreviation FICS
Formation 1987
Sheila Wilson

The International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (French: Federation Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport or FICS) is an international organization which promotes sports chiropractic around the world. It is composed of national sports chiropractic councils, or the national associations, from many countries such as Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Turkey,[1] United States, and the United Kingdom.[2][3][4]

Issues International Credential[edit]

FICS has developed a post-graduate professional qualification in sports chiropractic,[5] the Internationally Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner/or Physician (Depending on the laws of the jurisdiction in which the Doctor practices) (ICSSP) which is a requirement for a chiropractor to participate as a FICS sports chiropractor at an international event.[6][7]

Awards and honors[edit]

The FICS Executive Board, also from time to time, bestows various awards upon individuals who have, in their opinion made considerable contributions to the professional specialty of sports chiropractic. These have included, the "Sports Chiropractor of the Year";[8] and the "Highest Award that can be bestowed upon a sports Chiropractor, Internationally, the FICS' Gold Medal.[9] And, in 2011 at the World Chiropractic Congress, in Rio de Janeiro, they awarded the "FICS' Founder's Award" to Dr. Stephen Press, their founder and 1st President.[10][11]

FICS Doctors working Pro Bono[edit]

FICS has promoted the participation of chiropractors in sports medicine teams, and has organized chiropractors to provide treatment at many national and international sporting events including the winter and summer Olympics.[7][12] It has held Congresses in Mexico City,[13][14] Rome, New Jersey, Wash. DC, Australia, Iowa, Montreal, and Tokyo;[15] and sent delegations to Moscow, Africa [16] and Caracas.[17]

Formation and Organization[edit]

FICS was formed in 1987, and has its headquarters in the Maison du Sport Internationale[18] in Lausanne, Switzerland.[12] It also maintains an administrative office in Toronto, Canada at the World Federation of Chiropractic.[19]

The Presidents of FICS are:

President Country of Origin Term of Service
Stephen J. Press, Founder[10][11][20]  United States 1987–1990
Noel Patterson,[10][21]  Australia 1990–1994
David Pierson [10][21]  United States 1994–1998
Daniele Bertamini [10][21]  Italy 1998–2006
Roland Noirat [10][21]   Switzerland 2006–2010
Sheila Wilson[10][22]  United States 2010–Present



FICS Chiropractors have provided treatment at events including:


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  2. ^ "What is Sports Chiropractic?". Chiropractors' Association of Australia. Archived from the original on 2009-09-13. Retrieved Dec 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Federacion Mexico De Quiropractica Deportive". Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  4. ^ "La quiropráctica y los deportistas". Asociacion Espanola de Quiropráctica. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  5. ^ "RMIT and FICS hosts seminar to highlight health benefits of sports chiropractic". Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. November 16, 2001. Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Pollard, Henry; Hoskins W; McHardy A; Bonello R; Garbutt P; Swain M; Dragasevic G; Pribicevic M; Vitiello A (2007). "Australian chiropractic sports medicine: half way there or living on a prayer?". Chiropractic & Osteopathy. 15 (14): 14. PMC 2042981Freely accessible. PMID 17880724. doi:10.1186/1746-1340-15-14. 
  7. ^ a b "International Chiropractic Sports Science Diploma". Chiropractors Association of Australia. Archived from the original on September 13, 2009. Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  8. ^ Staff (September 10, 1993). "Int'l Sports Federation Honors Drs. Pierson and Patterson". Dynamic Chiropractic. 11 (19). 
  9. ^ Staff (Aug 1, 1990). "FICS Awards Gold Medal To Dr. Press". Dynamic Chiropractic. 8 (16): 1. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g Reed, Phillips (2013). The Global Advance of Chiropractic. Toronto, ONT, Canada: The World Federation of Chiropractic. pp. 121–123. ISBN 978-0-9811332-3-2. 
  11. ^ a b Wilson, DC, ICSSD, Sheila (2011-06-30). "President's Message" (PDF). FICS News. Toronto, ONT, CAN: Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport (June 30, 2011): 1. Retrieved 2011-07-10. 
  12. ^ a b Chapman-Smith, David; Cleveland, Carl (2005). "International Status, Standards, And Education Of The Chiropractic Profession". In Haldeman, Scott. Principles and practice of Chiropractic. McGraw-Hill. p. 115. ISBN 0-07-137534-1. 
  13. ^ Staff (6 Mar 1988). "Las Resultados de la Quiropractica se Discutieron en la I Assemblea que Tuvo Lugar en la Ciudad de Mexico". El Excelsior. Mexico City. p. 1 Section B (w/ photos). 
  14. ^ Staff: El Heraldo, "Assemblea de la Federacion de Quiropractica Deportiva", Mar 6, 1988, Pg 6E [Major Newspaper of Mexico City reporting FICS Assembly]
  15. ^ "Chiropractic Is Booming in Asia". Dynamic Chiropractic. 15 (16). July 28, 1997. Retrieved October 21, 2009. 
  16. ^ [Qatar Olympic Committee website]
  17. ^ Staff Writer (April 4, 1991). "Seminario Magistral". El Universal. Caracas, Venezuela. 
  18. ^ International Sports Federations established in the Canton of Vaud,” Sports Directory. (Switzerland: International Sports Federations.) (Retrieved 2009-12-30.)
  19. ^ "History". The International Federation of Sports Chiropractic. Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  20. ^ James, Valerie (December 6, 1988). "Treating the Agony of Defeat". Bergen Record; North Jersey Media Group. New Jersey. p. Front Page, Lifestyle Section. 
  21. ^ a b c d Press, DC, PhD, Stephen J. (2013). History of Sports Chiropractic (1st (5th rev) ed.). USA: C.I.S Commercial Finance Grp., Ltd. p. 500. ISBN 9781105536830. 
  22. ^ "Tom Hyde, DC". FICS News. Dec. 31, 2010: 1, 6. Dec 31, 2010. 
  23. ^ "IOC and WADA back GAISF initiative to propose anti-doping support and services to IFs". United States Olympic Committee. April 2, 2009. Retrieved October 22, 2009. 
  24. ^ "Associations". International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education. August 2008. Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  25. ^ "Members". SportAccord. Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  26. ^ "Non-governmental organizations maintaining official relations". United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Retrieved October 12, 2009. 
  28. ^ a b Association Staff (2 Aug 2013). "FICS' Healing Hands". IWGA Website. IWGA. Retrieved 4 Aug 2013. 
  29. ^ Press, S: Dynamic Chiropractic – June 6, 1990, Vol. 08, Issue 12
  30. ^ "FICS Team Ventures to Cairo for All-African Games". Dynamic Chiropractic. 09 (26). December 20, 1991. Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  31. ^ [Staff: Dynamic Chiropractic, October 11, 1991, Vol. 09, Issue 21]
  32. ^
  33. ^ Staff: Journal of the ACA, Vol 29, No. 1, January 1992, Pg 19, "Dr.Press to Head Soviet Medical Team in Olympics".
  34. ^ "FICS Symposium, South Africa; Sports Federations Meeting, Japan". Dynamic Chiropractic. 18 (4). November 7, 2009. Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  35. ^ Thomas E. Hyde (July 26, 1999). "Chiropractic and Sports around the World". Dynamic Chiropractic. 17 (16). Retrieved October 3, 2009. 
  36. ^ a b c d e "Winter Report of the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS)". Dynamic Chiropractic. 19 (4). November 12, 2001. Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  37. ^ Thomas E. Hyde (October 8, 2001). "FICS Summer World Report". Dynamic Chiropractic. 19 (21). Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  38. ^ [CODEME Document]
  39. ^ Lori Elkins Solomon (March 7, 2002). "Dr. Ira Shapiro did not receive a gold medal when he attended the Winter Olympics, but he did bring home a small gold pin.". Suburban. Great Media Newspapers. Retrieved October 22, 2009. 
  40. ^ Staff, "FICS Report", Dynamic Chiropractic, Vol 20., No 17, Aug 16, 2002
  41. ^ [World Games' Assoc. Article re FICS DC's treatment of Athletes]
  42. ^ "Beijing Olympics Report" (PDF). FICS News. International Federation of Sports Chiropractic. September 30, 2009. pp. 9–14. Retrieved Dec 4, 2013. 
  43. ^ "Medical Services". World Games 2009. Kaohsiung Organizing Committee. Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  44. ^ {Ron Froelich, Chrmn., World Games announcing FICS Participation]
  45. ^ Timothy Ray, DC (2013). "The XVI Pan American Games". ACA news. American Chiropractic Association. Retrieved Aug 7, 2013. 

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