Since 1980, the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (ACBSP) has led the development of sports medicine certification and has managed a world-class credentialing process that ensures certified sports chiropractors meet competency standards to effectively work with and treat athletes and those engaged in athletic activities. In addition, the ACBSP offers continuing education and research seminars to facilitate the dissemination of the latest scientific knowledge, treatment trends, and best practices for patient care.
The ACBSP is the certifying agency for chiropractic sports medicine and the sole chiropractic sports medicine certifying agency recognized by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). There are two levels of post-graduate chiropractic sports medicine certification. The first is the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician®(CCSP®). The second is the advanced sports medicine certification the Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physician®(DACBSP®).
The ACBSP is the certifying board for chiropractic sports medicine doctors while the American Chiropractic Association Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness (ACA Sports Council) is a trade organization like the ACA. The purpose of a trade organization is to assist its members to develop business. The ACBSP does not have members, rather it has certificants. The purpose of the ACBSP is to determine and maintain minimum competency evaluation standards for chiropractic sports medicine and to ensure the integrity of the CCsP and DACBSP certifications.
The ACBSP governs and administers the CCSP and DACBSP certifications. Various accredited chiropractic colleges offer the curricula and training leading to qualification for taking the certification exams. The ACBSP governs the administration of the examinations and certifications. These certifications are designed for chiropractic doctors who want to specialize in chiropractic sports medicine. The CCSP certification is pre-requisite to the DACBSP certification.
The ACBSP depends on the generous contribution of leadership, time, and knowledge from a nine (9) member elected volunteer board of directors and many more volunteers who serve on various committees. Our current committees and volunteer positions include the following listed in alphabetical order.
All policies are created and governed by the ACBSP Board of Directors. The current policies of the ACBSP are contained in three volumes. Links to PDF files of those volumes are provided below.
ACBSPTM Policy Manual
ACBSPTM CCSP® Certification Candidates' Handbook
ACBSPTM DACBSP® Certification Candidates' Handbook