Meet Jose Balseca
A former collegiate athlete himself, Northeast instructor and alumnus Dr. Jose Balseca (D.C. '14) always knew he would work with other athletes.
Balseca earned his Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Fredonia and soon after began working at health clubs around the region. He knew he wanted to learn more about the human body so he could guide athletes in seeking optimal health and performance. So, he enrolled in the Doctor of Chiropractic program at Northeast College of Health Sciences.
Today, in addition to his faculty role at the College, Balseca is also the owner of Attune Sports Chiropractic in Pittsford, N.Y. He provides chiropractic care to a variety of athletes and is currently the only Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians® (DACBSP®) in western New York. Balseca is also Internationally Certified in Sports Chiropractic (ICSC) and has treated dozens of athletes in elite events.
Evidence-based, Sports Medicine-focused
As he was trained at Northeast College, Dr. Balseca is an evidence-based chiropractor who specializes in sports medicine. He is also the team chiropractor for the Rochester Razorsharks basketball team and in the past worked with the was the Rochester Lancers soccer team. He is also a former faculty member at University of Rochester School of Medicine.
It has always been a goal of Balseca's to work on an international level. In 2022, he was chosen as one of forty-six chiropractors to provide healthcare to athletes in the World Games, he treated athletes at the Wako World Kickboxing Championship in Italy in 2021 and at Nitro Circus in Rochester, N.Y. an event featuring extreme sports such as BMX and skateboarding.
Balseca has treated athletes from more than thirty different countries -- Argentina, Iran, Italy, Guatemala, India, Canada and Poland, just to name a few. "Hearing their stories and learning more about the sports they compete in has been amazing," Balseca said.
Quick Questions with Dr. Jose Balseca
How did you get this opportunity to practice and represent chiropractic at the World Games?
The Federations of International Sports Chiropractic (FICS) allows one to obtain their international sports chiropractic certification (ICSC). Once that is obtained, you are eligible to apply for international events. They have a tiering system, allowing you to begin at a regional level event and working your way up to a "Gold" tier event, which is the World Games or the Olympics. I was fortunate enough to work events in the past which gave me some experience working with FICS and led me to being able to apply to work the World Games.
What do you most look forward to while working at International events, both professionally and personally?
There are many "big names" in the chiropractic world that work with FICS, and I am excited to work and learn beside some of those doctors. It is always fun to collaborate with docs from around the world and be able to see their techniques with certain adjustments or soft tissue work. I use it as a learning experience. Personally, I get so much satisfaction treating the athletes from various parts of the world, hearing their experiences, and learning about their cultures. They are always so grateful and it's a rewarding experience.
What is your advice for someone who is seeking out a career in sports medicine as a chiropractor?
My best advice is to get involved now! Volunteer at events, attend seminars, make connections. It will be so much easier for you to be involved in the future as a chiropractor!