Englewood, NJ Doctor - Honored at World Chiropractic Congress in Rio

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Stephen Press, DC, PhD, was the honoree last week in Rio de Janeiro, at the World Congress of Chiropractic, by representatives of 100 national associations, for founding the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic, known as "FICS".

Stephen J. Press, DC, PhD

To our Founder

At the World Chiropractic Congress in Rio de Janeiro, last week, the representatives of some 100 national Chiropractic Associations met to hold the World meetings of the two agencies which represent the Chiropractic profession at the World level; the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) and FICS, the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic. The Executive Board of FICS voted to honor Dr. Stephen Press, of Englewood, NJ with the "Founder's Award" for founding the federation in1987 in London.

At the beautiful Kensington Town hall in downtown London, in Sept 1987, the representatives of 23 National associations met on invitation of Dr. Press, who was serving as Chairman of the ACA (American Chiropractic Association) Sports Council's International Affairs committee at the time. They voted to form the federation, and then elected him their first president.

At the time, it was the dream of every Doctor of Chiropractic treating sports injuries, to become an Olympic team doctor, but only two DC's had managed to accomplish this. One officially, and one more-or-less through the back door. Mostly Olympic committees were unwilling to consider this, despite the outcry from the athletes who were already demanding the service. Today, due to FICS, there are more National Olympic Teams requesting Internationally trained Sports Chiropractors then we have qualified people to place with them. This is all due to the trail blazed by Dr. Press.

After serving a term as President of FICS, Dr. Press went on to be appointed Chief Physician for the entire Winter Olympic Team for the USSR (by permission of Pres. Geo. H.W. Bush) in Albertville, France in 1992, and then was the first DC to serve on the Medical Commission of an IOC recognized international Sports Federation, first as Chairman for FIRS, and then vice-Chairman for FIDE.

He continues to practice in Englewood, NJ, and today serves as editor-in-chief for the Harvard Medical School based Wiki site, WikiDoc.org for Alternative medicine, and as Exec. Tech Dir. for the Columbia based site, called Ourmed.org.

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