November 2, 2018 -- Carly May Zuehlke, DC, CCSP, MS, FICC (2010) recently received the Fellow of the International College of Chiropractic (FICC) award at the Annual General Meeting of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) Sports Council.
The accolade comes in recognition of her success as president of the ACA Sports Council over the last 18 months. The ACA Sports Council is an educational nonprofit for sports chiropractors who are committed to improving and promoting chiropractic treatment of athletes. It works with athletic organizations and health professionals to increase understanding of the value of chiropractic care in athletics.
During Dr. Zuehlke’s presidency, the Council’s membership grew by 40 percent and its Annual Symposium saw an increase in both attendees and sponsors. At the latest Symposium, the Council hosted the first Chiropractic Sports Summit, a meeting between presidents of various sports chiropractic organizations.
Along with the organization’s board, Dr. Zuehlke helped revamp the image of the Council. This included an extensive website redesign, which made the site more informative, user-friendly and accessible for both members and people seeking general information about sports chiropractic. Her presidency also saw the reinstatement of the Chiropractic Sports Network, which will have a representative in each state to assist with event organization and outreach, to provide additional opportunities to members and to spread awareness of sports chiropractic.
Dr. Zuehlke said she first got involved with the Council because she wanted to make a difference in the sports chiropractic profession. “I wanted to be a female role model because when I was a student and getting involved in sports chiropractic, it was all male, so I felt a bit like an outsider,” she said.
Dr. Zuehlke recently stepped down from the president role with the ACA Sports Council and is now a past president. She is in private practice, running Denver Sports & Family Chiropractic Center. In 2017, the Colorado Chiropractic Association named her the 2017 Sports Chiropractor of the Year, three years after the organization named her a Rising Star.