AICE Sports & Exercise (Sports Chiro Australia) is Australia’s national organisation for sports chiropractic and is a not-for-profit, clinical practice group. Sports chiropractic is a branch of chiropractic for those with an interest and expertise in treating athletes. The focus of sports chiropractic is to provide care in the conservative management, rehabilitation and performance optimisation of the neuromusculoskeletal system for athletes.
The Sports & Exercise group was established over 30 years ago, as the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) Council on Sports Injuries and Performance, and has seen several name changes in that time.
This groups coordinates sports chiropractic care at community, state and national level sporting events. It also provides support to members who work with sporting teams. Members of the Sports & Exercise group have a special interest in working with athletes and promote best practice principles in the management of athletes in an evidence informed manner through science and research. The Sports & Exercise group provides regular education and seminars to provide its members with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills in sports care. Sports & Exercise has regular communication with other national sports chiropractic councils, and is a member of the International Sports Chiropractic Federation (FICS).
To enhance the health of physically active Australians through chiropractic care and to increase integration and cooperation with others in sports healthcare.
Enhance and develop the expertise of chiropractors who are active in sports injury prevention and management through education, research and professional relationships.Create a means for connecting the public with chiropractors with an interest and skills in sports chiropractic.Develop partnerships with similar organisations for the benefit of the Australian sporting community.Share knowledge and resources to further the understanding of injury prevention, injury management and performance enhancement for the physically active.Be an active and valuable member of the sports medicine community in Australia. Contribute to creating a safer sporting environment for all Australians.
Scope of Practice
Sports & Exercise chiropractic is a recognised subset of chiropractic that focuses on the comprehensive and holistic healthcare of the physically active individual or athlete, to prevent injury, restore optimal function and contribute to the enhancement of sports performance. They achieve this using sports-specific knowledge, skills and attitudes to achieve best clinical practice, while ensuring a high standard of professional, safe and ethical practice.
Sports & Exercise chiropractic professionals demonstrate advanced competencies in the customised approach to active individuals of all ages and abilities, at individual and group levels by utilising evidence-based, multi-modal techniques to enhance the function of the neuro-musculoskeletal system.
Sports & Exercise chiropractors have clinical expertise in manual therapy, exercise prescription and rehabilitation, education, translating latest research into clinical practice, communication, lifestyle advice and leadership. They participate comfortably in a multi-disciplinary team environment, working closely with parents, coaches, other health providers and the community to provide the best high-quality care for each athlete.
Code of Conduct
The Sports & Exercise Code of Conduct seeks to define those fundamental principles by which sports chiropractic members should conduct themselves in the practice of their profession.
To view the Sports & Exercise Code of Conduct click here.
The Sports & Exercise Committee has developed a Competency Framework for advanced Sports & Exercise chiropractors.
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Membership runs from financial year 1 July to 30 June. For more information on fees and application process for titling, please click here.
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