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 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 recorded courses are NCCAOM 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 more 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 recorded webinars (about 75% of our SMAC Program):
- Anatomy/Palpation/Cadaver (APC) Lab (Modules I-IV)
- Assessment & Treatment of the Channel Sinews (ATS) (Modules II-IV)
- Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercise (PACE) (Modules I-III)
Recordings of these live webinars will be available for two years from their launch date for registrants of the live webinars. For those who missed the live, online webinars, these recordings are now available for purchase.
Keep in mind, every class in the SMAC Program is also offered live and in-person as well. The following classes are offered as live-in person classes only and must be taken within two program years if you wish to earn your certification:
- MODULE I—The Spinal Column: Huatuojiaji Points-Vertebral Fixations and Facilitated Segments
- MODULE II—The Low Back, Hip and Groin: Assessment & Treatment of Injuries
- MODULE III—The Lower Extremity: Assessment & Treatment of Injuries
- MODULE IV—The Neck, Shoulder and Upper Extremity: Assessment & Treatment of Injuries
Live, in person classes as part of the 2019-2020, now 2019-2022 Program, will recommence November 2021 at the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine in Bloomfield, New Jersey (U.S.). We also added two additional sections of the Assessment and Treatment of Injuries class to this program year for Modules III and IV in San Diego, CA at the Marina Village Conference Center. Please see the registration page for more dates and details.
To apply live webinar classes or recordings towards your certification requirements, email a copy of your CEU certificate to email@example.com.
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 re-commenced 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 Bloomfield, New Jersey (U.S.). Due to the quick sell-out of the Assessment & Treatment of Injury classes, our 4-day in-person only practical classes, we decided to add another section for Module III: The Lower Extremity and Module IV: The Neck, Shoulder and Upper Extremity at the Marina Village Conference Center in San Diego, California (U.S.). See below for dates and links to register!
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: Assessment & Treatment of Lower Extremity Injuries (LIVE, IN PERSON GATHERING ESATM, Bloomfield, New Jersey (U.S.) 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, Bloomfield, New Jersey) January 29-30, 2022; January 29: 9:00am-5:00pm EST, January 30: 8:00am-4:00pm EST-United States INSTRUCTOR: Armstrong
MODULE III (THE LOWER EXTREMITY): Assessment & Treatment of Lower Extremity Injuries (LIVE, IN PERSON GATHERING Marina Village Conference Center, San Diego, California) February 18-21, 2022 9:00am-5:00pm PST-United States INSTRUCTORS: Callison, Lau
MODULE IV (THE NECK, SHOULDER & UPPER EXTREMITY): Anatomy/Palpation/Cadaver Lab (LIVE, IN PERSON GATHERING ESATM, Bloomfield, New Jersey) MARCH 10-11, 2022 9:00am-5:00pm EST-United States INSTRUCTORS: Callison, Lau
MODULE IV (THE NECK, SHOULDER & UPPER EXTREMITY): Assessment & Treatment of the Channel Sinews (Jingjin) (LIVE, IN PERSON GATHERING ESATM, Bloomfield, New Jersey) MARCH 12-13, 2022 9:00am-5:00pm EST-United States INSTRUCTORS: Callison, Lau
MODULE IV (THE NECK, SHOULDER & UPPER EXTREMITY): Assessment & Treatment of Injuries (LIVE, IN PERSON GATHERING ESATM, Bloomfield, New Jersey) April 21-24, 2022 9:00am-5:00pm EST-United States INSTRUCTORS: Callison, Lau
MODULE IV (THE NECK, SHOULDER & UPPER EXTREMITY): Assessment & Treatment of Injuries (LIVE, IN PERSON GATHERING Marina Village Conference Center, San Diego, California) June 23-26 2022 9:00am-5:00pm PST-United States INSTRUCTORS: Callison, Lau
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 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:
- 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.
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.
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®️.
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 will also host two extra Assessment & Treatment of Injuries classes, one for Module III and one for Module IV at the Marina Village Conference Center in San Diego, CA.
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 a couple of restaurants nearby to grab breakfast, lunch and dinner.
State Street Grill: M-Th 6am-2am F-S: 24-hours
International House of Pancakes: M-S 7am-10pm