Last May, I closed the clinic for a few days and traveled to San Jose, California, for the second edition of the Sports Acupuncture Alliance Summit. The Sports Acupuncture Alliance is a collective of acupuncturists working in the sports world and sharing the common vision of developing the field of acupuncture in sports medicine.

This 3-day summit brought together the biggest names in sports acupuncture in North America and a large number of acupuncturists passionate about acupuncture applied in sports medicine. Among the speakers, we had a day of training on lumbar pain by Whitfield Reaves, my mentor in sports acupuncture and the one considered as the godfather of sports acupuncture. We also had a full day about pes planus (flatfoot), its implications and treatments with none other than Matt Callison, a well-known name among acupuncturists and also a pioneer in sports acupuncture. Amy Moll was the speaker for the other day of conference. Amy is a concussion specialist who uses an integrated approach to help athletes better recover from concussions and head trauma. We also had a talk by Anthony Von der Muhll who spoke to us about joint instability and its treatment by acupuncture, offering us demonstrations that showed the often spectacular effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of joint injuries.

In sportsacupuncture, it is essential to know precisely musculoskeletal anatomy and to have a good understanding of the mechanics and physiology of the human body. Each of the speakers really emphasized the need to explore and know the anatomy thoroughly in order to be able to perform perfectly accurate punctures and thus provide effective treatments and obtain the fast results that top athletes are looking for.

On the second evening of this long weekend, we had a roundtable discussion about the treatment of professional athletes with acupuncturists working on professional football teams, with Olympic athletes and other top athletes. It was a very interesting and rewarding discussion for me with professional athletes among my clients.

In addition to the invaluable lessons of the speakers and the enriching discussions with my fellow sports acupuncturists from across the United States and Canada, there have been inspiring encounters and the creation of new friendships. On this point, I can not ignore my meeting with Michael Max and the excellent discussions we had. Michael has 2 podcasts (podcasts) on acupuncture. One is titled Everyday Acupuncture and is aimed at the general public and the second is Qiological and is intended for acupuncturists. If you are interested in acupuncture, I invite you to listen to these podcasts. You can even hear me on one of them.