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fics foundation1Message from the Chair

October 2015 

jdanchikAs a former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox I have done my share of pitching, but am honored and delighted to now be ‘pitching’ for the FICS Foundation, the charitable foundation formed by FICS during the past year to support philanthropic projects for athletes, and education, research and voluntary service in sports chiropractic – all to improve global sports performance.

Our first projects are to support athletes with disabilities in both the developing and developed world.  Read more about these projects, and the Foundation and its Board of Directors, here at this webpage.

Please join us in giving generously.  While all donations are greatly appreciated, I urge you to consider a monthly contribution, at whatever level suits your situation.  This will allow us to budget for and continue our programs of support – for example to para-powerlifters in the Philippines, Special Olympics children in the Congo and wheelchair rugby athletes in Australasia, Europe and North America.

With thanks


John Danchik, DC, FICC, FACC

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Summary Background on the FICS Foundation

FICS (the Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport or International Federation of Sports Chiropractic – is the international organization representing the specialty field of sports chiropractic.  It was established in 1987 and has offices in Toronto, Canada and Lausanne, Switzerland.  Its members are national chiropractic sports councils in all world regions, the largest being the American Chiropractic Association Sports Council (ACASC).

The FICS Foundation is the charitable organization affiliated with FICS.  It supports education, research and voluntary service and its vision is:...


Background on the FICS Foundation

When Donovan Bailey of Canada won the men’s 100 m gold medal in world-record time at the Atlanta Olympic Games, as long ago as 1996, he thanked his chiropractor in the immediate post-race interviews – explaining that he couldn’t have won without his chiropractic treatment during training and competition.

Today Bailey’s successor Usain Bolt and many other elite athletes also rely upon sports chiropractic care to improve performance and for the prevention and management of injury – naturally and avoiding unnecessary reliance upon medications, injections and surgery.

However, even though an increasing number of teams and major games events up to and including the Olympic and Paralympic Games have introduced chiropractic services, most athletes still do not have access to these services when they want and need them.