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Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification (SMAC) Program

AcuSport Education's Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification Program | SportsMedicineAcupuncture.com

Our Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification (SMAC) program is the most advanced training available to acupuncturists who want to excel at understanding and treating sports and orthopedic injuries. The SMAC program is 240 hours of advanced Sports Medicine Acupuncture training that includes many successful integrative Eastern and Western approaches and is designed to provide the highest level of instruction in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal pain.

Instructors of the SMAC Program are all practicing and licensed Acupuncturists with experience teaching at the collegiate level. In addition, every class in the SMAC Program has qualified graduate assistants that are all C.SMA practitioners. The SMAC assistants have been specially trained to help provide a very unique learning experience that emphasizes more one on one practical supervision.

Graduates of the program that have passed the final practical exam have the distinction of being a licensed practitioner of Sports Medicine Acupuncture®. The SMAC program continues to evolve and change with ongoing research and development, enhanced assessment and treatment techniques and tested applications for the clinical practitioner.

PROGRAM FORMAT

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The Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification (SMAC) program is designed as an intensive curriculum, which is now being offered as live, in person, as well as live, online and recorded webinars. It is a sequential learning format that consists of four modules, each containing advanced acupuncture training (refer to the Program Description tab for more information).

Participants can enroll in the SMAC Program at any time or can register to take individual courses. All live, in person and live online webinar and recorded courses are CEU/PDA approved and count towards earning your Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification!

The SMAC Program has the following modules:

  • MODULE I—The Spinal Column
  • MODULE II—The Low Back, Hip and Groin
  • MODULE III—The Lower Extremity
  • MODULE IV—The Neck, Shoulder and Upper Extremity

Please visit our Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification Program Class Descriptions page for a complete description of the classes in each Module.

Each module consists of didactic and practical acupuncture workshops taught by qualified Sports Medicine Acupuncture instructors and assisted by licensed C.SMA practitioners. Each live-gathering course will have enough assistants to ensure individualized attention for each program participant.

Licensed or registered acupuncturists can enroll in any acupuncture continuing education courses in the SMAC program. Participants enrolling for the SMA licensure will need to take the entire program, pass the four online examinations, and pass the final practical exam.

The following classes are now offered as live online webinars, which will be converted to recordings:

  • Anatomy/Palpation/Cadaver (APC) Lab
  • Assessment & Treatment of the Channel Sinews (ATS)
  • Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercise (PACE)

Recordings of these live webinars will be available for two years from their launch date for registrants of the live webinars. For students unable to attend the live webinars we are hosting 2020-2021, these classes will become available as recordings. These classes, as part of the SMAC Program, will also be held as live in person events starting November 2021 at the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine in Bloomfield, New Jersey (U.S.). To apply live webinar classes or recordings towards your certification requirements, email a copy of your CEU certificate to acusportinfo@gmail.com.

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LOCATION & SCHEDULE


Due to COVID, we began offering online classes as part of the SMAC Program. By offering these live online, and now recorded, webinars, our goal is to provide you with the tools to help support your practice from the comfort of your own home, on your own time, and with the ability to use these recordings as a study tool!

These classes also prepare you for our live, in person only practical classes, which we are starting back up Fall 2021!

All Module III: The Lower Extremity and Module IV: The Neck, Shoulder & Upper Extremity classes, including those offered as live webinars, will be offered as live-seminars starting this November 2021, at the Eastern School of Acupuncture in New Jersey (U.S.).

For students who have or plan on taking all offered online webinars, the only live, in-person classes you will still need to earn you C.SMA are the Assessment & Treatment of Injuries classes offered through Modules II, III and IV and the Huatuojiaji class offered in Module I. Please visit the SMAC Live, Online and Recorded Registration page and the SMAC Live, In Person Registration page for more details on upcoming classes.

Recordings of the live online webinars for Modules III and IV, which also count toward your certification, will be available soon through Lhasa OMS!


MODULE III: Anatomy/Palpation/Cadaver Lab (LIVE, IN PERSON GATHERING ESATM, NJ) November 11-12, 2021 9:00am-5:00pm EST-United States INSTRUCTORS: Callison, Lau

MODULE III: Assessment & Treatment of the Channel Sinews (Jingjin) (LIVE, IN PERSON GATHERING ESATM, NJ) November 13-14, 2021 November 13: 9:00am-5:00pm EST, November 14 8:00am-4:00pm EST-United States INSTRUCTORS: Callison, Lau

MODULE III: Assessment & Treatment of Lower Extremity Injuries (LIVE, IN PERSON GATHERING ESATM, NJ) January 25-28, 2022 9:00am-5:00pm EST-United States INSTRUCTORS: Callison, Lau

Postural Assessment & Corrective Exercise (PACE) III: Exercise Prescription for the Acupuncturist (LIVE, IN PERSON GATHERING ESATM, NJ) January 29-30, 2022; January 29: 9:00am-5:00pm EST, January 30: 8:00am-4:00pm EST-United States INSTRUCTOR: Armstrong

MODULE I (THE SPINAL COLUMN): Anatomy/Palpation/Cadaver Lab (ONLINE WEBINAR) June 26-27, 2021 | NCCAOM, CA and FL Board CE/PDA pending INSTRUCTORS: Callison, Lau

MODULE I (THE SPINAL COLUMN): Postural Assessment & Corrective Exercise (PACE): Exercise Prescription for the Acupuncturist (ONLINE WEBINAR) July 24-25, 2021 | NCCAOM, CA and FL Board CE/PDA pending INSTRUCTOR: Armstrong

MODULE II (THE LOW BACK, HIP & GROIN): Anatomy/Palpation/Cadaver Lab (ONLINE WEBINAR) August 21-22, 2021 | NCCAOM, CA and FL Board CE/PDA pending INSTRUCTORS: Callison, Lau

MODULE II (THE LOW BACK, HIP & GROIN): Assessment & Treatment of the Channel Sinews (Jingjin(ONLINE WEBINAR) September 11-12, 2021 | NCCAOM, CA and FL Board CE/PDA pending INSTRUCTORS: Callison, Lau

MODULE II (THE LOW BACK, HIP & GROIN): Postural Assessment & Corrective Exercise (PACE) II: Exercise Prescription for the Acupuncturist (ONLINE WEBINAR) October 2-3, 2021 | NCCAOM, CA and FL Board CE/PDA pending INSTRUCTOR: Armstrong

For the most up-to-date class schedule, click HERE.

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

AcuSport Education's Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification Program Description | SportsMedicineAcupuncture.com

The Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification (SMAC) program significantly expands upon the fundamental Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) assessment and treatment approaches for orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions. TCM is far from an antiquated medical system, but instead imbued with powerful tools of differential diagnosis and acupuncture and moxibustion (zhenjiu) treatment techniques.

This program does not stack TCM modalities and Western biomedical facts side-by-side with the intention of combining these two paradigms. Rather, it applies TCM principles to Western biomedical facts and uses Western biomedical facts to illustrate TCM principles, thereby truly integrating the salient principles of both medical practices. As a result, the assessment and treatment strategies learned in this program will bring long-lasting and successful outcomes. For more information, refer to Student Reviews.

Participants in the SMAC program will develop the skills and competencies necessary to:

  1. Implement Sports Medicine Acupuncture approaches to assessing and treating the patient and the patient’s injury.
  2. Manage the patient’s health care with SMA approaches.
  3. Perform a differential diagnosis using orthopedic evaluation and manual muscle testing to help identify the musculoskeletal injury.
  4. Formulate a working assessment of the patient and their injury.
  5. Understand functional anatomy and identify the mechanism of the injury for over 80 orthopedic conditions.
  6. Assess postural alignment and functional movement to better understand the significance of postural and muscle imbalances that are contributing to musculoskeletal pain; these imbalances are examined through the lens of the sinew channels (jingjin).
  7. Generate a Sports Medicine Acupuncture treatment plan and protocol.
  8. Learn and apply innovative needle techniques that are used in combination with TCM acupuncture points and motor points to change muscle imbalances, increase range of motion, markedly decrease pain and treat the patient’s constitution.
  9. Combine acupuncture point prescriptions, myofascial therapy techniques and therapeutic postural exercises to effectively balance the human structure and decrease musculoskeletal pain.
  10. Prescribe therapeutic postural exercises and interdermal point prescriptions for enhanced treatment outcomes.
  11. Learn to re-evaluate assessment and treatment outcomes.
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CERTIFICATION BENEFITS

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The C.SMA practitioner who completes our Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification (SMAC) Program receives:

If you still have questions, please visit our FAQ page or send us a message.

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PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

AcuSport Education's Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification Program | SportsMedicineAcupuncture.com

In order to register for individual Sports Medicine Acupuncture (SMA) online courses and live-gathering intensive courses, the licensed practitioner must understand and agree to the AcuSport Education Agreement Form (found on the Registration page).

For in-person live-gathering courses held post-Covid, the participants must be a licensed or registered acupuncturist and provide proof of having graduated from an ACAOM accredited or equivalent Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture school. Participants must have a minimum of 2,000 hours of acupuncture and TCM training and provide proof of having an active license and malpractice insurance. If a participant’s insurance does not provide coverage in the state where the course is being held, they may be added to AcuSport Education’s group policy for a $30 fee.

Participants may register to take individual courses and earn CEU’s, but must complete the SMAC program and fulfill all attendance and examination requirements before becoming certified in Sports Medicine Acupuncture®️.

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ACCOMMODATIONS

The 2019-2020 Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification (SMAC) program will be held in Bloomfield, New Jersey, at the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine (ESATM), located 440 Franklin Street, 5th Floor, Bloomfield, NJ 07003.

We have secured preferential rates with the following three hotels that are within 15 minutes driving distance from the school:

ESATM is located in the town of Bloomfield, NJ, which is surrounded by the towns of West Orange, Montclair, Kearny, Nutley and Newark, NJ. The school is also about a 35-minute commute from NYC Penn Station (25-minute Montclair-Boonton Line train to the Bloomfield station followed by 5-8 minute/.24 mile walk). NJ Transit Trip Planner is a helpful tool to show you the which, when and where of local trains.

We also highly encourage attendees to check out Airbnb and/or VRBO to find either a private room in a home or an entire flat that can accommodate an individual or a group. If you are interested in sharing accommodations with other attendees, let us know and we’ll do our best to connect you! Please contact Patricia Botet at acusportinfo@gmail.com.

There are several restaurants nearby to grab breakfast, lunch and dinner.

State Street Grill: M-Th 6am-2am F-S: 24-hours
Diner-fare

Mangia Organica: M-Sat 11:30am-9pm
Fast, casual organic eatery-pasta, sandwiches, soups, salads

The Wooden Spoon: M-S 11:30am-10pm
Southern food; has Sunday brunch

International House of Pancakes: M-S 7am-10pm

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