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Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification Program2018-08-08T21:28:51+00:00

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The Sports Medicine Acupuncture
Certification (SMAC) Program

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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.

Graduates of the program can 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 spread out over 12-14 months. It is designed as sequential learning program that consists of 4 Modules, each containing 14 courses of 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 classes as to satisfy acupuncture CEU requirements.

Each module consists of didactic and practical acupuncture workshops taught by qualified Sports Medicine Acupuncture instructors and assisted by licensed practitioners. Each 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 within a 2-year period.

All classes in the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification Program are CA CEU and NCAAOM PDA Approved!

MODULE I—The Spinal Column
MODULE II—The Low Back, Hip and Groin
MODULE III—The Lower Extremity
MODULE IVThe 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.

Participants can enroll in the SMAC program at any time or can register to take individual CEU courses.

LOCATION & SCHEDULE

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The 2018-2019 Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification program (SMAC) will be held in San Diego, California at Marina Village Conference Center from June 2018 to July 2019. Online registration for 2018-2019 began on March 12th, 2018.

2018-19 Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification Program Schedule

MODULE I—The Spinal Column

Single Session: June 19-24, 2018
Anatomy/Palpation/Cadaver Workshop June 19-20, 2018
Huatuojiaji Points: Vertebral Fixations and Facilitated Segments June 21-22, 2018
Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercises (PACE) I June 23-24, 2018
MODULE II—The Low Back, Hip and Groin 

Session 1: September 6-9 2018
Anatomy/Palpation/Cadaver Workshop September 6-7, 2018
Assessment and Treatment of the Channels Sinew (Jingjin) September 8-9, 2018
Section 2: October 16-21, 2018
Assessment and Treatment of Low Back, Hip and Groin Injuries October 16-19, 2018
Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercises (PACE) II October 20-21, 2018
MODULE III—The Lower Extremity

Session 1: January 24-27, 2019
Anatomy/Palpation/Cadaver Workshop January 24-25, 2019
Assessment and Treatment of the Channels Sinew (Jingjin) January 26-27, 2019
Section 2: March 12-17, 2019
Assessment and Treatment of Lower Extremity Injuries March 12-15, 2019
Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercises (PACE) III March 16-17, 2019
MODULE IV—The Neck, Shoulder and Upper Extremity

Session 1: April 25-28, 2019
Anatomy/Palpation/Cadaver Workshop April 25-26, 2019
Assessment and Treatment of the Channels Sinew (Jingjin) April 27-28, 2019
Section 2: June 1-4, 2019
Assessment and Treatment of Neck, Shoulder and Upper Extremity Injuries June 1-4, 2019
Review Class TBA
Please visit our Sports Medicine Acucpunture Certification Program Class Descriptions page for a complete description of the classes in each Module. For more general program information, please visit our FAQ page or send us a message.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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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.

CERTIFICATION BENEFITS

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The C.SMA practitioner who completes our Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification (SMAC) Program receives:
  • Distinguished right to use the Sports Medicine Acupuncture® license.
  • A listing in the C.SMA Practitioner Directory, including practitioner photo and clinic contact information.
  • Exclusive access to the C.SMA Library that contains articles/abstracts and videos.
  • Discounts on AcuSport Education seminars and products.
  • Discounts from Lhasa OMS.
  • Discounts from Unified Practice.
  • 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 Reviews and the C.SMA Practitioner of the Month pages).

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

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

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Participants in our Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification (SMAC) program 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®️.

ACCOMMODATIONS

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The 2018-2019 Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification (SMAC) program will be held in San Diego at the Marina Village Conference Center, located at 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, California 92109. 

There are two hotels in close proximity to Marina Village:

AcuSport Education has negotiated hotel rates with The Dana on Mission Bay for SMAC students. The Dana is a waterfront resort on beautiful Mission Bay offering comfortable guest room and two-room suites overlooking the water. Amenities include an onsite restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner (Firefly Eatery & Bar), two outdoor heated swimming pools, fitness center, and private marina with onsite water sport and bicycle rentals.

The closest communities to Marina Village Conference Center (92109) are Ocean Beach (92107) and Mission Beach (92109). These communities are no more than a 10 minute car drive away to the venue. Finding an available bicycle for rent will be very useful to get around. The bicycle paths between Ocean Beach, Marina Village and Mission Beach are flat with lovely views.   

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.

DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THE DANA HOTEL