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Grow your skills in sports injury management and prepare for a career working with athletes

Would you like to specialize in extremity management and set yourself apart from your colleagues in the treatment of athletes? As part of your Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Northwestern, you can pursue our Sports Emphasis and receive the training you need to provide this level of care. 

Why pursue sports chiropractic?

  • Higher demand for chiropractors who can treat high-performing and professional athletes
  • Aging population will need injury prevention and extremity care
  • More kids and young adults pursuing high school and college sports means a greater need for injury prevention and pain management

Dr. Tim Stark explains the Doctor of Chiropractic - Sports Emphasis.

"If you are going to get into sports chiropractic, Northwestern is one of the best schools to learn that. If I could do it all over again, Northwestern's program would be at the top of my list."

–Dr. Todd Riddle, Olympic sports chiropractor for the Nigerian bobsled team in South Korea

Train with the experts. Practice your skills by treating world-class athletes.

During your internship as part of the Sports Emphasis, you will learn alongside Dr. Tim Stark, director of the Human Performance Center and International Sports Chiropractic Federation (FICS) Education Chair. Gain valuable experience as you study under the accomplished fellows in the Human Performance Center while working with high school athletes and high-performance teams like the Minnesota VixenMinnesota FreezeUSA Tug of War, NFL alumniJames Ballentine VFW Post 246, and Minnesota Alliance Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/Crossfit.

Potential career paths 

  • Work with Olympic athletes in preparation for and during the Games
  • Work with members of professional sports teams such as the NFL
  • Travel to international sporting events and provide care to athletes
  • Start your own chiropractic clinic that specializes in sports injury management
  • Join an integrated care clinic that focuses on sports care

Benefits of the Doctor of Chiropractic - Sports Emphasis

  • Gain a comprehensive education on advanced imaging and head injuries in sports so you can treat all levels of athletes
  • Set yourself apart from your chiropractic colleagues and give yourself the option of offering specialized sports care, with the credential to back it up
  • Receive advanced standing in several nationally and internationally recognized associations, including: 

Course Requirements and Curriculum Overview

Simply take the following elective courses and internship:

1. Athletic Strapping
2. Head Injury
3. Pre-participation Examination
4. Sports Imaging
5. Advanced Extremity Management (upper)
6. Advanced Extremity Management (lower)
7. Integrative Sports Care Internship / Optional Capstone

Upon completion, you will receive a transcript and diploma that reflect your Doctor of Chiropractic Sports Care Emphasis as follows:

  • Sports Emphasis Award (six courses completed)
  • Sports Emphasis Award with Internship (six courses and internship)
  • Sports Emphasis Award with Honors (six courses, internship and capstone)

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