The ICA Symposium on Natural Fitness News Room features a collection of news highlights about the Symposium program, faculty, celebrity guest athletes, and interesting highlights on the Arnold Sports Festival Weekend. Visit this News Room for exciting updates as news articles and announcements get posted!


Get Excited! The 26th Annual ICA Symposium on Natural Fitness with Arnold Schwarzenegger is Coming!

December 11, 2017:  The ICA event will be held March 1-3, 2018 in conjunction with The Arnold Sports Festival. Check it out.


Don't miss ICA's 2018 Symposium on Chiropractic and Sports with 'Arnold' and a powerful all-star speakers line up

December 8, 2017:  Registration is now open for the ICA's landmark 26th Annual Symposium on Natural Fitness and Sports presented by ICA with special celebrity guest Arnold Schwarzenegger March 1-3, 2018, once again in Columbus, Ohio. The unique combination of high-energy continuing education will feature powerful speakers including Dr. Peter Gratale, Dr. Scott Rosa, Dr. Ben Lerner, Dr. Jack Barnathan, NFL star Steve Weatherford, and fitness legend Tonya Knight, along with remarkable opportunities to personally interact with world-class athletes, and special access to fun events at the huge Arnold Sports Festival and Expo. Plan now to be a part of this unique multi-faceted weekend. Join us over March 1-3 in Columbus, Ohio, for powerful new practice tools, exercise strategies, and case management advances, in the context of chiropractic and injury prevention, performance enhancement, patient motivation, conditioning, strength training — and more! Symposium registrants also enjoy a unique opportunity for a personal studio-style portrait with the most famous chiropractic patient in the world, Arnold Schwarzenegger, following his keynote presentation on site at the Symposium. For more information on the Symposium program schedule, features, and registration, go to the Symposium InfoSite at



ICA's Fitness Council to Host 25th Annual Natural Fitness and Sports Symposium with Arnold Schwarzenegger

January 3, 2017:   The ICA Council on Fitness and Sports Health Science is proud to announce their 25th Annual ICA Symposium on Natural Fitness and Sports with the world's most famous chiropractic patient, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, as keynote speaker. It's all happening March 2-4, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio with a powerful array of chiropractic educators including clinical presentations by Dan Murphy, DC, Ted Carrick, DC, PhD, DACAN, DACNB, DAAPM, FEAC (Neurology), John Downes, DC, Todd McDougle, DC, Ken Kinakin, DC, and Coralee Van Egmond, DC, CCWP, CSFR, RYT (200), FICA (hon.) along with ICA Fitness Council and Symposium founder Jack Barnathan, DC, MFS, MSS. The program will be presided over by ICA Fitness Council Chair, Pete Gratale, DC. ICA will also bring you celebrity athletes and sports legends to add to the fun.


ICA Symposium on Natural Fitness Features Special NFL Athlete presence and Unique Award to Arnold Schwarzenegger

March 8, 2016:   The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) Council on Fitness and Sports Health Science hosted the acclaimed Annual ICA Symposium on Natural Fitness and Sports for the 24th consecutive year with the world's most famous chiropractic patient, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, as keynote speaker. Presenting in Columbus, Ohio over March 3-5, 2016 with a powerful array of chiropractic educators including clinical presentations by Frederick R. Carrick, DC, PhD, John Brimhall, DC, DIBAK, and John Downes, DC, CCEP, the lineup incorporated an exceptional series of speakers that also featured NFL athletes Michael Haynes, MA, Sam Madison, and Darryl Tapp, bringing their special insights, information and experience to the program.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was recognized for his lifetime of commitment to community service following his keynote presentation at this international event, highlighting his inspiring leadership for people everywhere making a difference in their communities through supporting individuals and groups working to advance health and fitness. He was presented with a special Civil War-era sword and framed certificate honoring his contributions in these critical public health areas. A strong advocate of chiropractic care for people of all ages, Governor Schwarzenegger spoke about his observations and personal experiences with chiropractic's value and significance from the podium.  >>more



International authority in concussion and brain trauma Frederick R. Carrick, DC PhD and NFL veteran Michael Haynes to present at ICA Sports Symposium!

Falls Church, Virginia, January 26, 2016: Frederick R. Carrick, DC, Ph.D., an internationally recognized authority on functional neurology and post-traumatic brain injury, will present on sports implications and applications in chiropractic, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology this March at the ICA Symposium on Natural Fitness and Sports.

The two-part presentation includes special case management concerns and neurophysiology perspectives for chiropractic clinical applications that both affect clinical decision-making and address strategies for injury, overtraining, and sports performance with athletes. The unique combination of research, practice, and practical applications will feature special segments on concussion recognition and response on the field with Michael Haynes, a veteran defensive lineman in the NFL and current manager of Heads First highlights, presenting Heads Up Football® tactics and insights on advancing player safety and mastering tackling and blocking techniques to play “Better. Safer.”

For more details on the Symposium Schedule, Presenter lineup updates and Registration for this March in Columbus, Ohio, go to or


International Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury and Neurodegeneration includes Top Scientists and Clinicians plus Olympic Athletes relating real patient scenarios and insights


Falls Church, Virginia, November 5, 2015: The International Symposium on Clinical Neuroscience will feature a dynamic series of world renowned faculty addressing topics central to Traumatic Brain Injury and Neurodegeneration that will include special participation by real patients relating their experiences this December 13-14, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Top scientists and clinicians will be presenting at the podium along with leading Carrick Institute faculty, including ICA Life Member, Dr. Ted Carrick, with an exciting combination of deans and department heads from highly respected institutions including Yale Medical School, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Cambridge, London, and Emory to share current research, insights and clinical applications.

The topics discussed by this dynamic faculty includes clinical approaches to a range of clinically critical concerns: concussion, dystonia, dementia, Alzheimer’s, sports performance, neurological research, mental health stigmas, neuro-orthopedic rehab of brain injury, fall prevention in the brain injured, youth sports concussions, pediatric concussion, cerebral plasticity, clinical case reviews, gender differences in the field of depression, translational neuroscience, neurosurgical and chiropractic perspectives, alternative treatments of psychiatric disorders, head and eye movements in brain injury, and a vital update on the present understanding of neurodegeneration.

Real patient scenarios and insights into what a brain injury means from the viewpoint of the patient includes Olympic athletes providing a personal perspective of living after a traumatic brain injury. The program is approved by the ICA Council on Applied Chiropractic Sciences and the ISCN 2015 program and registration details are posted at


23rd Annual ICA Symposium Overview (PDF)