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FICS Announces New Secretary-General

Harrison-Brown is new FICS Secretary-General

December 4, 2017

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The International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS) has much pleasure in announcing that its new Secretary-General from January 1, 2018 is Mr Graeme Harrison-Brown of Canberra, Australia.

The position was advertised in August, a FICS Search Committee interviewed a short list of five well-qualified applicants in early November, and Mr Harrison-Brown was chosen by the FICS Executive Council in late November.  He replaces David Chapman-Smith, FICS General Counsel, who has served as Interim Secretary-General since April 2016.

Mr Harrison-Brown, who holds a Masters Degree in Business Management from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, has extensive business management experience and success, and brings impressive credentials to the part-time but key leadership role of FICS Secretary-General.

For 12 years until late 2016 he was CEO of Connexxion Pty Ltd, an information, communication and technology (ICT) company  that grew significantly under his leadership.  This was in a field, ICT, which demands constant innovation as well as strong corporate planning and management.

Earlier in his career Mr Harrison-Brown spent over 20 years from 1982-2004 with the Australian Department of Defence: Air Force, in senior management positions from 1999 managing regional then Australia-wide budgets from $5 million to $350 million, and building relationships with many stakeholders in the governmental, not-for-profit and private sectors.

“Apart from his outstanding abilities and experience  in management, Graeme brings an important perspective on chiropractic to the FICS leadership,” said FICS President Dr Pete Garbutt, “that of a satisfied chiropractic patient for the past 15 years, who will have a fresh and  independent view of the strengths, limitations, needs and potential of FICS.”

FICS is the international organization representing the specialty of sports chiropractic.  It has its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland and its administrative office in Toronto, Canada.  Its Executive Council has representatives from seven world regions.  For more on FICS visit

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FICS Info Bites - Concussion

November 10, 2017

Sport-Related Concussion (SRC)
2017 Concussion in Sport Group (CISG) consensus statement

Concussion Recognition Tool version 5 (CRT5), the Sports Concussion Assessment Tool version 5 (SCAT5) and/or the Child SCAT5

The 2017 Concussion in Sport Group (CISG) consensus statement is designed to build on the principles outlined in the previous statements 1–4 and to develop further conceptual understanding of sport-related concussion (SRC) using an expert consensus-based approach. This document is developed for physicians and healthcare providers who are involved in athlete care, whether at a recreational, elite or professional level. While agreement exists on the principal messages conveyed by this document, the authors acknowledge that the science of SRC is evolving and therefore individual management and return-to-play decisions remain in the realm of clinical judgement. First and foremost, this document is intended to guide clinical practice; however, the authors feel that it can also help form the agenda for future research relevant to SRC by identifying knowledge gaps. 

Readers are encouraged to copy and freely distribute this Berlin Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport, the Concussion Recognition Tool version 5 (CRT5), the Sports Concussion Assessment Tool version 5 (SCAT5) and/or the Child SCAT5. None of these are subject to copyright restriction, provided they are used in their complete format, are not altered in any way, not sold for commercial gain or rebranded, not converted into a digital format without permission, and are cited correctly.

Click here to download  2017 Concussion in Sport Group (CISG) consensus statement, Concussion Recognition Tool version 5 (CRT5), the Sports Concussion Assessment Tool version 5 (SCAT5) and/or the Child SCAT5.

FICS Membership Commission

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The FICS Membership Commission is dedicated to providing membership with current sports chiropractic news to improve clinical practice and sports chiropractic internationally.

New Sports Chiropractic Fellow to Upgrade ICCSP – Dr Beth Antoine

August 15, 2017




Congratulations to Dr. Beth Antoine of Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU) in Minnesota, just chosen as the sports chiropractic fellow to be part funded by FICS for the next 3 years.  During this time, working with and supervised by Dr. Tim Stark, Director, Human Performance Center, NWHSU and Chair, FICS Education Commission, Beth will be responsible for literature reviews and other work leading to continuous improvement of the ICCSP online and seminar coursework and assessment.

Qualified as both a Doctor of Chiropractic and an athletic trainer, Beth also has a master’s degree in sports psychology and is completing a second masters in clinical nutrition.  As a sports chiropractic fellow she will also be providing clinical services.  Look for Bethat future FICS seminars and other meetings.  Congratulations Beth, congratulations Tim.


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FICS Secretary-General 2018 Job Posting

FICS Searches for New Part-Time Secretary-General

Applications being received until September 30, 2017.   Position commences:  January 2018

Position Specifications and Applications

The Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport (FICS) is now inviting applications for the position of Secretary-General (SG) to commence work in January 2018.  The FICS office is in Toronto, Canada, but this is a part-time position that may be undertaken by a suitably qualified person wherever (s)he may live.  The SG will be a volunteer, although with an honorarium and expenses paid.

Reporting to the Executive Council (ExCo), the SG serves as FICS’ strategic and operational leader, and is responsible for the overall health and management of the organization.  The SG is assisted by FICS staff, members of the ExCo and the ten FICS Commissions, and other volunteers.

A.   Overview

FICS was founded in 1987 by national chiropractic sports councils (NCSCs), to promote the specialty of sports chiropractic and to represent them and their members in international sport.

FICS is governed by statutes under the Swiss Civil Code. These statutes, which may be found in full at this FICS website ( , provide for an Executive Council elected according to seven world regions – Africa, Asia, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, Latin America, North America and the Pacific.

During the past 10 years major FICS activities have included building relationships with international sports federations, athletes, other health care professionals and their representative organizations; developing and presenting postgraduate educational programs for sports chiropractors; and coordinating teams of properly credentialed sports chiropractors to provide services to athletes at major sporting events up to and including the Olympic Games.

FICS is a volunteer-driven organizationIt has a fulltime Executive Secretary/Manager of Administration in Toronto, assisted by part-time staff and volunteers.   It has a General Counsel, who has been Acting SG since April 2016.  Before that the SG was a sports chiropractor and leader from the USA.

B.   Location

The FICS office is in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The SG may be located anywhere.

C.   Position

Reporting to the ExCo, the SG serves as FICS’ strategic and operational leader.  The SG works closely  and communicates regularly with the President, Executive Officers, ExCo, commission chairs, membership and staff to achieve the objectives of FICS.  The SG is responsible for FICS’ overall health and management.  This includes membership, finance, human resources, meeting planning, external relations, and communications.  Specific areas of responsibility include:

  • Strategic Planning.  Participates in the development of FICS’ strategic plan and objectives together with the ExCo, and leads and reports on implementation of the chosen strategies.
  • Financial Planning.  Responsible for the fiscal health of FICS, assisted by the Finance Commission.  Active oversight of monthly reporting with reference to budget conformance and strategic priorities.  Attention to cash flow, investment, audit reviews, banking relations and operating budget.
  • Meeting Planning.  Responsible for planning and oversight of FICS’ biennial Assembly and Symposium, and other meetings.
  • Income Generation.  Drives all sources of FICS’s income (membership, education program, sponsorships, other non-dues income), and strives to increase membership and revenues.
  • External Relations.  Collaborates  on behalf of FICS with other chiropractic organizations and entities, and with external organizations and entities.
  • Surveys and Marketing.  Oversees development of surveys and concepts for campaigns to promote FICS services.  Continually strengthens the image of FICS with the chiropractic profession and external parties.
  • Member Satisfaction.  Ensures that FICS satisfies the needs of its current members and partners.  Educates and assists members on issues most relevant to them including education, games events, interprofessional relations, research, marketing, etc.
  • Human Resources.  Oversees efforts to improve organizational design and effectiveness, and ensures that staffing, succession planning, compensation and performance management are well designed and administered.

D.   Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and /or chiropractic degree.
  • Strong knowledge of the chiropractic profession and the sports chiropractic specialty, and contemporary issues in sports medicine; successful record in national or international organization for health professionals preferred.
  • Proven experience in an administrative leadership role, including management of strategies, priorities, people, processes, performance and budgets.
  • Visionary, with the ability to motivate, mentor, inspire and lead.
  • Demonstrated superior skills in oral and written communications, diplomacy, relationship building and conflict resolution.
  • Fluency in English; fluency in French or Spanish or another second language preferred.
  • Willingness to travel.

E.   Term and Compensation

This is a voluntary, part-time position with a commitment to serve for a minimum of 3 years.  There will be a significant annual honorarium, and reimbursement of approved expenses incurred.

F.   Procedure for Candidates

Proposed timeline is:

August 1, 2017 – position notified

September 30, 2017- deadline for applications

October and November 2017 – Search Committee interviews, contract signed

January 2018 – new SG assumes position

For an application form or further information please contact:

Christina Davis

Manager, Administration

Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport

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FICS Search Committee – Chair: Dr Stephen Perle


FICS Olympians Scholarship Program

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World Olympians Scholarship Program

Greetings Olympians and Olympic Families:

In the spirit of the Olympic Movement and in partnership with ten of our Chiropractic Institutions, we at FICS are honored to support education for Olympians worldwide by providing the “World Olympian Scholarship Program” to Olympians who are academically qualified and interested in pursuing a career in Chiropractic.
Olympians selected for this program will serve as an Ambassador for the Olympic Movement and for Chiropractic as an advocate for how the profession fundamentally enhanced the Olympian’s athletic pursuit.
Currently, there are 10 schools participating in this program, 9 in the US and 1 in Canada and to date 6 schools have signed an MOU with FICS and the Olympian.  All offer a full academic scholarship with the exception of the school in Canada, whereby they offer a 1/2 scholarship.  We are grateful to all the participating institutions.  We will continue to approach additional chiropractic institutions to join the 10 now providing scholarships.  
To date, a number of Olympians have graduated and now are seeing patients including athletes and Olympians.  Those graduating are from Jamaica, Australia, Canada and the US.  We have additional potential candidates wishing to enter the program from Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe.

We look forward to helping you through this application process.  Click here to submit application.


Dr Jay Greenstein
Chair, World Olympians Scholarship Program

Submit applications to:    

Christina Davis
FICS Manager, Administration
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For more information on the Academic Requirements of the FICS Olympian Scholarship Program contact:
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Downloadable information: 
World Olympians Scholarship Program Overview by Dr Jay Greenstein, Chair, World Olympians Scholarship Program  

FICS Regrets to Announce the Passing of Founder Dr Stephen J. Press

Press StephenIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of FICS’ founder, Dr Stephen J. Press.  Stephen passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016 surrounded by his loving family.

Stephen was deeply loved by his family and friends and it can’t put into words the loss that will be felt by his passing. In addition to his family, those of us who had the opportunity to work with him will also feel a tremendous loss. He was an extraordinarily smart and accomplished man who formed our federation that still represents and practices the same principles he used to create FICS, 28 years ago.

His exceptional passion, long term commitment to chiropractic, unwavering desire to always advance the profession and his belief that his colleagues were integral to both his personal and FICS’ success made him truly one of a kind.

“When I spoke to Stephen last week despite the pain he was in, he went out of his way to make me laugh with a few jokes.  He spoke of his passion for FICS and WikiChiro--both projects he founded--and the outpouring of love from family and friends which was a true comfort. Stephen was a pioneer in our profession and his life and his work will not be forgotten.”    Dr Sheila Wilson, FICS President

Please see full Obituary here.