Sports Chiropractor

Provide treatment to athletes for back pain and related skeletal injuries.
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Salary Range
$32,000 – $144,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Sports Chiropractors do?

Snap, crackle, and pop are the sounds heard by chiropractic patients around the world, and Sports Chiropractors know what it takes to make them. Falling under the broader category of Chiropractors, a Sports Chiropractor is a specialist who diagnoses and treats patients with sports-related injuries and conditions.

As a Sports Chiropractor, you’re trained to help patients who have health problems of the musculoskeletal system in a non-invasive way (in other words, no surgery). Many Sports Chiropractors work closely with Massage Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Nutritionists to promote general health and well-being from a holistic perspective.

Providing natural, drug0free, non-surgical health treatments, you manipulate out of whack spinal joints that interfere with the nervous system. For example, a Baseball Player may injure his back as he dives to catch a ball or slides into second base while stretching a single into a double. The impact of hitting the ground at an odd angle can easily cause misalignment of the spine, hip, or neck.

As a Sports Chiropractor, you manipulate body parts to correct the problem, then recommend exercises to hold the muscles in place. The combination of manipulation and strength training is a noninvasive procedure that eliminates pain and prevents it from happening again.

A strong background in social sciences, biology, physics, and psychology provides the basis on which a chiropractic education is built. Your compassion and ability to listen to the concerns of your patients are essential. You also need to develop your bedside manner and a trusting relationship with those you treat.

Many Sports Chiropractors are self-employed, making courses in business, accounting, and human resource management essential as well.

Should I be a Sports Chiropractor?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • How to become a Sports Chiropractor

    Most Sports Chiropractors have a Doctorate. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aaaaa9&chl=|||||doctorate+%28100%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,100
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