The upcoming DC2017 conference in Washington, D.C., is packed with great educational content and world-class presenters. Here we pose 7 questions to one of the featured speakers:
1. What is your name and the name of your presentation at DC2017?
Dr. Tim Maggs. My presentation is “Structural Fingerprints: Chiropractic Care for Young Athletes," which is available under the "Sports Chiropractic" track.
2. What makes you an authority on this subject?
I've developed a sports biomechanics program (the Structural Management Program), and more specifically, a biomechanical exam (the Structural Fingerprint Exam) that has attracted a large number of high school athletes to my practice over the past 12 years. Half of my practice is now within this age group, and I believe I have the largest database of information (x-rays, digital foot scans, exam findings) from these biomechanical exams of any chiropractor or other professional in the country. That's what makes me the expert in dealing with this age group. Plus, I am the director of sports injuries and sports biomechanics at Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, N.Y., a large private and affluent school. I have held this position for the past four years and will begin working one day a week in the school treating their students during the school day. I believe this is a first in the country for our profession.
3. Why should doctors of chiropractic be interested in learning more about your topic?
Because chiropractors are the perfect professional to provide care to this age group, but politics, insurance coverage and misconceptions (both from the public and from chiropractors) keeps us uninvolved. I want us to become more involved with this segment of the population.
4. How can the information you share in your presentation directly help chiropractors in practice?
I can show chiropractors how to get this population into their offices and then teach them the necessary exam and treatment protocols that are needed to care for this group of young athletes. Chiropractors can be the high school athlete experts in their areas.
5. What about you or your presentation may surprise people?
How developed and advanced my program is, and how I can help them become the high school athlete expert in their area. Secondly, I have had extensive mentoring under Dr. Terry Yochum--and sports biomechanics is all about imaging--and his mentoring has helped me immensely to put together better imaging information for these doctors.
6. What's one thing you learned during your career that you wished you would have known from the beginning?
How valuable biomechanics and chiropractic can be with this age group, and how our scope of practice makes us the perfect candidates to provide the primary care to this age group. It's not the pediatrician, orthopedist, physical therapist or athletic trainer. Collectively, they can't provide to the athlete what chiropractors can provide.
7. What book should every chiropractor read, and why?
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight. It teaches the hard work, vision and tremendous challenges necessary for success.
To learn more about the wide variety of education programs and speakers featured at DC2017 in March, visit www.DC2017.org
To view Q&As with other DC2017 speakers, click here.