Sports Symposium for Students Webinar

Sports Symposium for Students Webinar

Date: 23 Jul 2020
Time: 8:00pm - 10.00pm AEST

Where: Webinar (AU)


The inaugural sports symposium for students webinar to be held Thursday 23 July 2020 and hosted by Dr Luke Nelson is to support our future generations of chiropractors in what is a difficult time for students and chiropractors alike.

There is a fantastic lineup of speakers with a range of experiences, ready to teach you all the latest information and have you motivated to enter the profession!


Opening Address: Dr Luke Nelson and Henry Jackson SCA Student Chair
Perception is Reality: Dr Luke Khoury
From Student Years to Sports Chiro: Dr Jaimi Parr
The Running Patient: Dr Ben Davidson
Being part of the Team: Dr Sarah Elston
An Overview of Sports Chiropractors in Australia: Dr Alex Pucciarelli

Perception is Reality – Dr Luke Khoury
We are a product of the way we perceive our environment. Our perceptions are influenced by not only afferent input from stressors placed on us from our environment but also how we process it. Being able to treat mechanically manifestations as a chiropractor is important and what is expected by society, however we need to understand not all injuries or client concerns are what they seem.

From Student to Sports Chiro: My First year as a Sports Chiropractor – Dr Jaimi Parr
This presentation will give an insight into the presenter’s first year out of uni working as a sports chiropractor. Her talk will outline some very simple but key things that have been learned over the past year that would be useful for those in the student clinic, or before you start practicing. In this short session, we will discuss some strategies to break down general movement patterns for various sports, cover the importance of understanding running, running relation injuries and rehabilitation, and discuss expectation vs reality around the type of athletes or patients we may treat.

The Running Patient: A brief overview of common injuries, assessment and footwear – Dr Ben Davidson
This presentation provides a summary of the incidence/prevalence of the most common running issues, running specific assessments/things to look out for when examining a running, footwear myths/misconceptions and the latest research.

Being Part of the Team: Working with an Elite Athlete – Dr Sarah Elston
This presentation will be a case-based review of working with an elite athlete. In this case, we will cover assessment and treatment options for an acute shoulder injury as well as working with other medical and health professionals. We will also discuss taking a holistic approach to the care of athletes and other factors to take into consideration when it comes to working with high-level athletes. We will cover a basic rehabilitation plan, active and passive treatment options, what worked, and what didn’t.

An Overview of Sports Chiropractors in Australia – Dr Alex Pucciarelli
This webinar will discuss the pathways for a student to transition into clinical practice as a special interest clinician in Sports Chiro Australia (SCA). It will present findings of a recent research study that describes the profile of sports chiropractors in Australia, highlighting their key roles and qualities. Dr Pucciarelli will use his recent experiences as an exemplar to illustrate the process to transition from new graduate to sports chiropractor.





Dr Luke Khoury

Luke Khoury is a practicing Australian based sports chiropractor, accredited exercise physiologist and director of KC The Sports Chiropractor. Luke holds a Masters and Bachelors degree in chiropractic and exercise science, respectively. From 2010 to 2016 he has been involved in the education of chiropractic master’s students in Orthopedic and Neurological assessment, Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at Macquarie University (Sydney).

Luke has presented nationally and internationally to chiropractors and has been a lead instructor in Australia for Active Release Techniques (ART).  Luke also runs mentoring and education programs for health practitioners and consults to some of Australia’s leading fitness professionals and athletes from national, state and local representative levels. Luke has established multiple practices in Sydney focusing on progressive approaches to care.

Dr Jaimi Parr

Freshly graduating from her Chiropractic Masters in 2019, Jaimi is very eager and excited to be in the industry and enthusiastic to start applying her knowledge and passion to what she loves.

Jaimi has been a remedial massage therapist for the past five years, in which she was worked closely with the Brisbane Broncos and QLD State of Origin NRL teams. In addition to remedial massage, Jaimi is qualified in dry needling and sports training, and is currently undertaking post-graduate internationally recognised certificate in Sports Chiropractic through FICS, where she can further her knowledge in what she loves.
It is with fresh, up to date knowledge, in conjunction with her broad skill set, that Jaimi is able to use a wide range of treatment modalities to suit each individuals needs and requirements.

Dr Ben Davidson

Dr Davidson graduated from Murdoch University in 2014 with both Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Chiropractic degrees.  Ben holds his International Certificate in Sports Chiropractic (ICSC) qualification and is currently undertaking a research honours degree part-time whilst working in private practice.

Ben is WA state chair of Sports Chiro Australia (SCA) and has been a part of organising and participating at SCA events since 2011. Outside of professional life Ben has a background of competitive tennis and running and has in the last few years pursued powerlifting and motorbike racing.

Dr Sarah Elston

Dr Elston is the owner and principal chiropractic over at The Healthy Joint in Moorabbin and Burwood.

Sarah is passionate about assisting people improve their overall level of health, movement and performance by using a holistic approach to how the body moves. With an emphasis on science behind health, injury and rehabilitation, when we focus on the movement of the body as a whole, rather than just one injured part, the dots connect a little better.

Dr Elston completed her university studies at RMIT in 2009, and since then has continued to develop an interest in sports injuries. Sarah completed her ASCA Level 1 Strength and Conditioning coach course in early 2018, and continues to develop a passion around strength and conditioning, in particular, powerlifting.

Dr Alex Pucciarelli

Alex is a passionate and dedicated chiropractor recently graduating with a Masters of Chiropractic from Macquarie University. Previously, he completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at the Australian Catholic University and is currently building upon his undergraduate knowledge by studying a Master’s in Clinical Exercise Physiology at Charles Sturt University.

Alex is currently sits on the NSW Sports Chiropractic Australia board and has participated in a multitude of sports with football (soccer) being his biggest adoration. Previously coaching football has helped Alex develop the proficiency in teaching technical qualities for young footballers, now transitioning into teaching different forms of movement-based protocols for injury prevention.

Registration Costs

  • SCA Student Members: Free
  • ACA Members: $33.00
  • Non ACA member: $66.00

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