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United States Sports Chiropractic Federation
The United States Sports Chiropractic Federation was a heroic, but abortive attempt by the FICS to unite all the factions of Sports Chiropractic in the United States under one roof.
On August 12, 2000 , FICS, along with the ACA Sports Council (ACASC), Care of the Elite and Professional Athlete (CEPA), the ICA Council on Fitness and Sport Health Science (ICAFC), and ProSport formed a new organization known as the United States Sports Chiropractic Federation (USSCF). Its purpose was to serve as a governing body for the United States sports chiropractors and organizations. It was to promote and develop the care of athletes and personnel at international sporting events and activities. Its mission as a national governing body was to promote the advancement of the chiropractic profession in international sports.
In May of that year (2000), at their first full meeting, the USSCF elected the following officers:
- President: Tim Ray, DC (ACASC)
- Vice President: Jim Lowrance, DC (ProSport), replaced by Sheila Wilson
- Sec. General: Monty Wilburn, DC (Independent)
- Treasurer: Ron Spallone, DC (CEPA)
- Board Member-at-Large: John Downes, DC (ICAFC)
- Chairman of the Board: Brian Nook, DC (FICS)
Other organizations which sprung up along the way, catered to special interests within the existing specialty of Sport Chiropractic, or set up “associations” to promote training, in sub-specializations, e.g., the care and treatment of professional athletes, élite athletes, and even just for rodeo cowboys. Problems arose from the start. Almost right away, the problems were:
- First, that there were challenges with the USA membership to FICS in 2009, arising from the US Sports Chiropractic Federation (USSCF) representing the USA. Firstly, the USSCF, was dysfunctional. It was not giving democratic representation, no longer represented the various organizations, had fewer members than the ACA Sports Council, and was weakening the relationship between FICS and American sports chiropractors.
- Secondly, it provided a source of criticism from another FICS member, National Chiropractic Sports Councils (NCSCs), and as an excuse from the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada) for not renewing its membership, when it had been a signatory to the FICS charter; and,
- Thirdly, USSCF membership was inconsistent with the structure of the World Federation of Chiropractic, which recognized national associations – in the US both the ACA and ICA. The FICS Statutes purposefully adopted a structure consistent with that of the WFC, and it was agreed that there were benefits for FICS in following the same structure at the level of NCSCs. FICS moved to welcome the membership of the ACA Sports Council as a means to resolve these issues and the ACA Sports Council voted to join FICS
Thus the USSCF idea was a well-intentioned step in the direction of greater unity. Naturally due to the aforementioned and other reasons, it didn’t last.