Who We Are
Our goal is to enhance the health and performance of each and every individual athlete and staff member so that they may express their optimal health potential. The PHCS also serves as a resource to educate those outside the professional hockey chiropractic community about the profession and the chiropractor’s integral role within the sports medicine team.
For many years professional athletes have utilized Chiropractic care to help them get through the rigors and physical demands of the season in a variety of sports. Just about every team in the NHL, MLB, the NBA, and the NFL has chiropractors on staff to provide Chiropractic care to their players each and every game.
Professional hockey clubs have come a long way in providing Chiropractic to their players. Chiropractic care has been a vital component in helping many of the biggest stars in the National Hockey League recover faster from injuries, keep themselves healthy by preventing repetitive movement injuries, and enhance their performance throughout the long and tedious NHL season. Some of the most successful players have been major supporters of chiropractic and have expressed their personal success stories in many media outlets in recent years.
The PHCS holds annual workshops with continuing education opportunities for the chiropractors that provide care to the teams of the NHL. Experts from various medical disciplines present valuable techniques and scientific information that is designed to enhance and expand the repertoire of the chiropractor’s skill set.
“CEPA started as a certification program,” Palmer explains. “Mark wanted us to educate the doctors about certain standards and protocols, and how to prevent chiropractors from stepping on toes and teach them how to build relationships with athletes and trainers, including the entire team medical staff.” The “continuity of care” concern figured largely in the birth of CEPA. Inconsistencies in care and communication when interacting with the team sports medicine specialists by some chiropractors left many head trainers wary of allowing chiropractors entry into players’ health care. CEPA was born out of these frustrations.
Recognizing that chiropractic is a valuable asset that complements the expertise of the team medical physicians and athletic trainers, the PHCS strives to educate those professionals as to the separate and distinct services and talents that a doctor of chiropractic can provide. This inclusion will create a synergy where everyone benefits, the sports medicine staff, the team, the organization, especially the athlete!