UPCOMING Continuing Education: Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification Program with Matt Callison & Brian Lau


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MODULE III (The Lower Extremity)


Part 1:  Anatomy/Palpation/Cadaver Lab (ONLINE)

Dates:  October 15-16, 2020

About this Course:

This 2-day anatomy/palpation/cadaver course is offered in two ways: as both an online webinar as well as an in-person, live-gathering course (post-COVID). It is truly a groundbreaking integration of sports medicine functional anatomy and TCM channel theory.

Each day of this workshop is divided into distinct morning and afternoon sessions. The morning session consists of didactic presentations on Functional Anatomy and Anatomy of the Sinew Channels that are integrated to focus on the functional relationship between neuromuscular anatomy and the myofascial jingjin tissues and their relationship to the lower extremity. This information is followed by the afternoon session that consists of practical labs:

  1. Cadaver
  2. Palpation
  3. Motor Point Location and Needling.

The information presented in this 2-day workshop will help the TCM practitioner to better understand the information presented in subsequent classes: Assessment and Treatment of the Channel Sinews and Assessment and Treatment of Lower Extremity Injuries.

15.5 NCCAOM CEU / 15 CA Board CE Approved


Part 2:   Assessment & Treatment of the Channel Sinews (Jingjin) (ONLINE)

Dates:  October 17-18, 2020

8.5 NCCAOM CEU & CA Board CE Approved


Part 3:  Assessment & Treatment of Lower Extremity Injuries (POSTPONED)

Dates:  TBD (Post-COVID)


*This course will be in person, Live-Gathering Intensive Course*





The 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.

Instructors of the SMAC Program are all practicing and licensed Acupuncturists with experience teaching at the collegiate level. In addition, every class in the SMAC Program has qualified graduate assistants that are all C.SMA practitioners. The SMAC assistants have been specially trained to help provide a very unique learning experience that emphasizes more one on one practical supervision.

Graduates of the program that have passed the final practical exam 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.

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.