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International Federation of Sports Chiropractic

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International Federation of Sports Chiropractic
Foundation 1987
Location Lausanne
Country Flag switzerland.gif Switzerland
President Dr. Sheila Wilson Flag usa.gif United States
Website International Federation of Sports Chiropractic

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

FICS has developed a post-graduate professional qualification in sports chiropractic,[5] the Internationally Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (ICSSP, formerly ICSSD [6] ) which is a requirement for a chiropractor to participate as a FICS sports chiropractor at an international event.[7][8]

Awards and honors

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:

FICS Doctors working Pro Bono

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.[8][11] It has held Congresses in Mexico City,[12][13] Rome, New Jersey, Wash. DC, Australia, Iowa, Montreal, and Tokyo;[14] and sent delegations to Moscow, Africa [15] Caracas,[16] and recently Guadalajara, to the 2011 Pan Am Games.

Formation and Organization

FICS was formed in 1987 [17][18][19][20], and has its headquarters in the Maison du Sport Internationale[21] in Lausanne, Switzerland.[11] It also maintains an administrative office in Toronto, Canada at the World Federation of Chiropractic.[22]

The Presidents of FICS

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(Top:L-R), Press, Patterson, Pierson
(Bot:L-R), Bertamini, Noirat, Wilson

President Country of Origin Term of Service
Stephen J. Press, Founder [17][18]

[23][24][18] [25] [26] [27] [28]

Flag usa.gif United States 1987–1990
Noel Patterson [17] 22-Flag of Australia.png Australia 1990–1994
David Pierson [17] Flag usa.gif United States 1994–1998
Daniele Bertamini Flag italy.gif Italy 1998–2006
Roland Noirat[17] Flag switzerland.gif Switzerland 2006–2010
Sheila Wilson[17][29] Flag usa.gif United States 2010-Present


LINK to FICS' List
Communications: Phillipe Roulet, Chairman
Ethics: Carla Howe and Susan Bromley, Co-Chairs
Education: Tim Stark, Chairman
Finance: Christopher Wegelin, Chairman
Games: Tim Ray, Chairman
IAOCO: Stephen Press, Chairman
International Federations: Brian Nook, Chairman
Past Presidents
Research: Stephen M. Perle, Chairman
WOA Liaison Commission: Angela Salcedo, Chairman


FICS is a member of the Associations' Board of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), as well as being an associate member of international sports accrediting [30] agency Sport Accord (the former GAISF).[31][32] It is also an affiliate of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).[33][34] and, since 2005, the International World Games Association with which it has a contract to provide all the medical services at the World Games.


FICS Chiropractors have provided treatment at events including:


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  10. Staff (September 10). "Int'l Sports Federation Honors Drs. Pierson and Patterson". Dynamic Chiropractic 11 (19). 
  11. 11.0 11.1 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 0071375341. 
  12. Staff (6th 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). 
  13. Staff: El Heraldo, "Assemblea de la Federacion de Quiropractica Deportiva", Mar 6, 1988, Pg 6E [Major Newspaper of Mexico City reporting FICS Assembly]
  14. "Chiropractic Is Booming in Asia". Dynamic Chiropractic ( 15 (16). July 28, 1997. Retrieved October 21, 2009. 
  15. [Qatar Olympic Committee website]
  16. Staff Writer (April 4, 1991). "Seminario Magistral". El Universal (Caracas, Venezuela). 
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  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Wilson, DC, ICSSD, Sheila (2011-06-30). "President's Message". FICS News (Toronto, ONT, CAN: Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport) (June 30, 2011): 1. Retrieved 7/10/2011. 
  19. James, Valerie (December 6, 1988). "Treating the Agony of Defeat". Bergen Record; North Jersey Media Group (New Jersey): p. Front Page, Lifestyle Section. 
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  22. "History". The International Federation of Sports Chiropractic. Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
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  24. Verbanas, Patti; Liz Donovan (June 2011). "Doctors who make a difference" (in English). New Jersey Life, health & Beauty (Lambertville, NJ 08530: Olsten Publishing, LLC) June/July 2011: 71. ISSN 2154-2759. Retrieved 7/10/2011. 
  25. Chapman-Smith, L.L.B. (Hons.), David (5/2011). "Report on the Rio Congress (Honor Awards)" (in English). The Chiropractic Report (Toronto, ONT, CAN: The Chiropractic Report) 25 (3): 6. Retrieved 7/10/2011. 
  26. Staff Writer (6/30/2011). "Report on FICS Meeting in Rio de Janeiro" (in English). FICS News (Toronto, ONT, CAN: Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport) (June 30, 2011): 3. Retrieved 7/10/2011. 
  27. "Sheila Wilson, DC (Pres.-FICS) and Ted Forcum, DC". FICS News Dec 31, 2010: 17. Dec 31, 2010. 
  28. "Doctors Who Make a Difference". New Jersey Life, Health & Beauty June/July 2011: 71. June 13, 2011. 
  29. "Thomas E. Hyde, DC". FICS News. Dec 31, 2010: 1,6. Dec 31, 2010. 
  30. "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. 
  31. "Associations". International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education. August 2008. Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  32. "Members". Sport Accord.,10853,5148-176060-193278-nav-list,00.html. Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  33. "Non-governmental organizations maintaining official relations". United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Retrieved October 12, 2009. 
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  36. "FICS Team Ventures to Cairo for All-African Games". Dynamic Chiropractic ( 09 (26). December 20, 1991. Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  37. [Staff: Dynamic Chiropractic, October 11, 1991, Vol. 09, Issue 21]
  39. Staff: Journal of the ACA, Vol 29, No. 1, January 1992, Pg 19, "Dr.Press to Head Soviet Medical Team in Olympics".
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  44. [CODEME Document]
  45. 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. 
  46. Staff, "FICS Report", Dynamic Chiropractic, Vol 20., No 17, Aug 16, 2002
  47. Staff. "Handiwork” – The 26 chiropractors at the 2005 World Games". World Games Association. 
  48. "Beijing Olympics Report". FICS News (International Federation of Sports Chiropractic): pp. 9–14. September 30, 2009. Retrieved October 4, 2009. [dead link]
  49. "Medical Services". World Games 2009. Kaohsiung Organizing Committee. Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  50. {Ron Froelich, Chrmn., World Games announcing FICS Participation]

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