Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification (SMAC) Program
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.
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:
Anatomy/Palpation/Cadaver (APC) Lab
Assessment & Treatment of the Channel Sinews (ATS)
Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercise (PACE)
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.).
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.
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 ofcombining 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:
Implement Sports Medicine Acupuncture approaches to assessing and treating the patient and the patient’s injury.
Manage the patient’s health care with SMA approaches.
Perform a differential diagnosis using orthopedic evaluation and manual muscle testing to help identify the musculoskeletal injury.
Formulate a working assessment of the patient and their injury.
Understand functional anatomy and identify the mechanism of the injury for over 80 orthopedic conditions.
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).
Generate a Sports Medicine Acupuncture treatment plan and protocol.
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.
Combine acupuncture point prescriptions, myofascial therapy techniques and therapeutic postural exercises to effectively balance the human structure and decrease musculoskeletal pain.
Prescribe therapeutic postural exercises and interdermal point prescriptions for enhanced treatment outcomes.
Learn to re-evaluate assessment and treatment outcomes.
Many C.SMA practitioners have received website-based referrals, job opportunities from sports teams, physical therapists, sports chiropractors and integrated clinics (refer to the Student Reviewsand the C.SMA Practitioner of the Month pages).
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®️.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are several restaurants nearby to grab breakfast, lunch and dinner.