Sports Chiropractic Australia

joinSCAtodaySports Chiropractic Australia (SCA) is Australia's national organisation for sports chiropractic and is a not-for-profit, clinical interest group of the Chiropractors' Association of Australia.  SCA helps to coordinate sports chiropractic care at community, state and national level sporting events.  SCA also provides support to members who work with sporting teams.

Members of SCA have a special interest in working with athletes and promote best practice principles in the management of athletes in an evidence informed manner through science and research.  SCA provides regular education and seminars to provide its members with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills in sports care.

SCA have regular communications with other national sports chiropractic councils and is a member of the International Sports chiropractic Federation (FICS).

About Sports Chiropractic

Sports chiropractic is a branch of chiropractic for those with an interest and expertise in treating athletes.

The focus of sports chiropractic is to provide care in the conservative management, rehabilitation and performance optimisation of the neuromusculoskeletal system for athletes. Sports chiropractors are also strongly driven to participate in a multi-disciplinary sports injury care environment to help provide the best care for each athlete.

Sports chiropractic achieves this focus through the application of a multimodal treatment approach that include one or more of the following: manipulation, mobilisation, soft tissue therapies, electrotherapy, rehabilitation and other movement/exercise therapies, nutritional advice, strapping and bracing and other related approaches. These approaches are applied to injury management in the form of acute, subacute and chronic injury as well as in the prevention of injury and the optimisation of athletic performance through the pursuit of the highest efficiency in neuromusculoskeletal functioning.

A Sports Chiropractor may possess additional qualifications specific to sport. Those chiropractors that have pursued additional study have assimilated a large body of clinical information specific to the special needs of those who participate in sport.

Sports chiropractic is growing rapidly nationally and internationally and is well established at many world-level sporting events, such as the Olympic Games and the World Games.

The International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS) is the peak, international sports chiropractic body and plays a dominant role in promoting sports chiropractic throughout the world. FICS is made up of many national sports chiropractic councils. These include sports chiropractic councils from Australia, The United States, The United Kingdom, South Africa, New Zealand, Switzerland, Japan, Russia, Italy, Germany, and many others. For more information about FICS, visit their website at

History of Sports Chiropractic Australia

Sports Chiropractic Australia was established over 30 years ago, and has seen several name changes in that time.  Sports Chiropractic Australia started out as the Australian Chiropractors' Association (ACA) Council on Sports Injuries and Performance.  This group was started in the early 1980's by Dr Noel Patterson.

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SCA Vision Statement

To enhance the health of physically active Australians through chiropractic care and to increase integration and cooperation with others in sports healthcare.

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  • Enhance and develop the expertise of chiropractors who are active in sports injury prevention and management through education, research and professional relationships.
  • Create a means for connecting the public with chiropractors with an interest and skills in sports chiropractic.
  • Develop partnerships with like organisations for the benefit of the Australian sporting community.
  • Share knowledge and resources to further the understanding of injury prevention, injury management and performance enhancement for the physically active.
  • Be an active and valuable member of the sports medicine community in Australia. Contribute to creating a safer sporting environment for all Australians.

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SCA Committee

  • James Matthews - Chairman
  • Jon Tan - Past Chairman
  • Peter Garbutt - FICS President
  • Crispin Bracefield - QLD Coordinator
  • Lorenzo Campagna - NSW Coordinator
  • Travis Smith - VIC Coordinator
  • Adam Floreani - SA Coordinator
  • Debbie Tan - WA Coordinator
  • Glynis Grace - CAA National

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Code of Conduct

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All SCA members are bound by a professional code of conduct, and are dedicated to the safety, health and performance of athletes under their care. SCA members are passionate about sports chiropractic and the benefit it provides to athletes.

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Sports Chiropractic Australia is a clinical interest group of the Chiropractors' Association of Australia (National).

For all enquiries please contact the SCA