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Posted on 07-25-2016
Because of the rigorous physical demands inherent to many sports, professional athletes have often turned to chiropractic medicine as a regular aspect of their healthcare. Virtually every sport employs chiropractors to provided much-needed services during games or tournaments. In fact, many Major League Baseball (MLB) stars such as Barry Bonds and Cole Hamels have long utilized and touted the benefits of chiropractic care to maintain optimum health, reduce injuries, and ensure career longevity.
The Mission of the Professional Baseball Chiropractic Society (PBCS)
The Professional Baseball Chiropractic Society (PBCS) is an organization of experienced and skilled chiropractors who seek to provide the utmost quality of chiropractic services to MLB teams’ players and staff members. The PBCS also works closely with minor league baseball teams to ensure their players' chiropractic health.
To ensure the highest quality, the PBCS offers extensive continuing education for its members to ensure they keep abreast of emerging trends and new treatments in sports medicine.
The PBCS also promotes education and provides knowledge to those outside of the professional baseball chiropractic industry about the profession itself and the chiropractor’s critical role in enhancing athletes’ health. .
History of the PBCS
The Professional Baseball Chiropractic Society (PBCS) was born in 2008 along with the first annual PBCS Directory. Assisted by each MLB team's head athletic trainer, the directory included a thorough list of licensed chiropractors across the U.S.
After the 2008 MLB season, the PBCS became inactive until Pittsburgh-area chiropractor Dr. Rick Bishop and the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Dr. Alan Palmer were appointed to revive the organization in 2012.
Precursor to the PBCS—The CEPA
Prior to his employment with the Diamondbacks, Dr. Palmer was already no stranger to adjusting MLB players, particularly San Francisco Giants during spring training in Scottsdale, AZ. Dr. Palmer and then-Giants’ head athletic trainer Mark Letendre ultimately found the Chiropractic Association for the Elite and Professional Athlete (CEPA) in 1995. The CEPA was initially conceived as a certification program to educate chiropractors about standards and protocols when providing care for athletes.
The PBCS Today
A new PBCS Directory emerged at the midpoint of the 2012 season and was distributed to each MLB team’s head athletic trainer to assist them in finding quality chiropractic services while on the road.
The first PBCS annual meeting occurred in December 2012 in Las Vegas, NV—and the rest is history.
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