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Our Sports Acupuncture Program

Our sports acupuncture program—the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification (SMAC) program—is designed to provide the highest level of advanced training in the assessment and treatment of sports, work and orthopedic injuries. Each class in the program continues to evolve with ongoing research and development that is clinically proven. We are passionate about what we teach and genuinely care about our students ability to learn and successfully apply the Sports Medicine Acupuncture (SMA) assessment and treatment techniques into their practices.
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Sports Medicine Acupuncture®️

Sports Medicine Acupuncture (SMA) incorporates principles and techniques from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western Sports Medicine to assess and treat the patient’s injury from a true integrated perspective.

SMA uses functional anatomy, range of motion testing, orthopedic examinations, manual muscle testing and palpation to identify the injured tissues. Postural and concomitant muscle imbalances are assessed through static and functional movements which guide the practitioner to understand how and why the injury occurred. This assessment is integrated into the TCM channel systems (jing luo, jing jin) to diagnose and treat the excess (shi) and deficient (xu) conditions involving the channels and the injured tissue. SMA emphasizes the importance of determining an accurate organ (zang fu) differential diagnosis to ensure an individualized treatment plan for the patient and their injury. 

Sports Medicine Acupuncture is strongly rooted in TCM and respects its simplicity and complexity. Integrating Western Sports Medicine with the genius of Traditional Chinese Medicine is a continuous and life-long endeavor.

Sports Medicine Acupuncture is a registered trademark on the United States principal register. Use of the Sports Medicine Acupuncture license is granted by AcuSport Education after all of our sports acupuncture program requirements have been completed and is exclusive to SMA Licensed Practitioners who have graduated from the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification program.

AcuSport Education

AcuSport Education is a subsidiary company of AcuSport Seminar Series, Inc. We are a sports medicine acupuncture education company devoted to raising educational standards of licensed acupuncturists in the integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Sports Medicine. We are committed to training licensed acupuncturists around the globe to accurately assess and treat sport, orthopedic and work-related injuries. Our goal is for graduates of our sports acupuncture program — the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification Program — to successfully manage the patient and their injury from the initial assessment, through treatment and rehabilitation and onto injury prevention.

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Meet Our Instructors

AcuSport Education's Sports Acupuncture Program Instructor Matt Callison | SportsMedicineAcupuncture.com
Contact Matt

Matt has over 27 years’ experience in sports medicine, acupuncture and cadaver dissection and is a renowned instructor and published author of the Motor Points and Acupuncture Meridians Chart and quintessential texts such as the Motor Point Index (MPI) Reference Guide and the soon to be released text book, Sports Medicine Acupuncture: An Integrated Approach Combining Sports Medicine and Traditional Chinese. Read Matt’s full bio.

AcuSport Education's Sports Acupuncture Program Instructor Brian Lau | SportsMedicineAcupuncture.com
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Brian has over 15 years’ experience in movement therapy, structural therapy and acupuncture and is a long standing instructor of Chinese Medicine at the East West College of Natural Medicine and myofascial release at the Sarasota School of Massage Therapy. Read Brian’s full bio.

AcuSport Education's Sports Acupuncture Program Instructor Elisabeth Gould | SportsMedicineAcupuncture.com
Contact Elisabeth

Elisabeth is an SMA-certified Acupuncturist and Healing Touch practitioner skilled in treating collegiate, Olympic, and professional athletes and an experienced teacher of the Treatment of Orthopedic Disorders (TOD) class developed by Matt Callison and held at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Read Elisabeth’s full bio.

AcuSport Education's Sports Acupuncture Program Instructor Ian Armstrong | SportsMedicineAcupuncture.com
Contact Ian A.

Ian is an SMA-certified Acupuncturist and instructor of the PACE series of classes in the SMAC Program, as well as an experienced teacher of both the Treatment of Orthopedic Disorders (TOD) and Advanced TOD classes at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and current supervisor at the RIMAC center at the University of California San Diego where he supervises acupuncture students in treatment of UCSD collegiate athletes working alongside the athletic trainers. Read Ian’s full bio.

AcuSport Education's Sports Acupuncture Program Instructor Ian Dunsmuir | SportsMedicineAcupuncture.com
Contact Ian D.

Ian is an SMA-certified Acupuncturist and instructor of the SMA Foundational Classes in Canada with 17 years of clinical experience treating over 3,000 people with over 20,000 acupuncture treatments. Read Ian’s full bio.

AcuSport Education's Sports Acupuncture Program Instructor Dr. Patricia Botet | SportsMedicineAcupuncture.com
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Dr. Patricia Botet, DACM is an SMA-certified Acupuncturist and NCCAOM board-certified herbalist experienced in teaching the Treatment of Orthopedic Disorders (TOD) course developed by Matt Callison at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in NYC. Patricia also has extensive experience in NYC hospitals participating in Acupuncture research for the treatment of chronic pain in underserved populations. Read Patricia Botet full bio.