Sport and Exercise Medicine

About the specialty: 

Training in Sport and Exercise Medicine provides doctors with a specialised skill set which enables them to treat and encourage the exercising individual, young or old, recreational or elite. Knowledge of the health benefits of exercise and of optimal exercise regimes for specific subgroups allows Sport and Exercise Medicine specialists to promote an active lifestyle to those groups who can benefit most. Sport and Exercise Medicine specialists require a broad range of clinical skills for dealing with medical illness in those who wish to exercise, as well as for treatment of musculoskeletal pathology.

Sport and Exercise Medicine provides a holistic and effective means of addressing the population health challenges of tomorrow. This is increasingly relevant as one of the great medical challenges over the coming century is to reverse the slide towards a sedentary and overweight population. The technological advances seen over the past century have been labour-saving and time-saving. These same advances however have resulted in a population that is generally required to perform less physical activity than at any other stage in human existence. Exercise has been well proven to provide therapeutic benefit in each of these conditions. Studies demonstrate that those who exercise regularly are likely to contribute in a positive way to society.

However, sport and exercise are associated with injury and illness and Sport and Exercise specialists have the specialised skills necessary for the emergency treatment of such problems and the ongoing management of injuries.

Entry into Sport and Exercise Medicine training is possible following successful completion of both a foundation programme and a core training programme. There are three core training programmes for Sport and Exercise Medicine training:

  • Core Medical Training (CMT)
  • Acute Care Common Stem - Acute Medicine (ACCS-AM)
  • General Practice Training 

The curriculum for each specialty defines the process of training and the competencies needed for the award of a certificate of completion of training (CCT). The curriculum includes the assessment system for measuring trainees’ progress comprising workplace based assessment and knowledge based assessment.

PDF icon2010 Sport and Exercise Medicine.pdf

Previous versions of the curriculum are no longer available online but copies can be requested from

ARCP Decision Aids: 

The ARCP decision aid for each specialty defines the targets that have to be achieved for a satisfactory ARCP outcome at the end of each training year. ARCP decision aids were revised to reflect the changes to the assessment and review process from August 2014 and replace all previous versions.

PDF icon2010 Sport and Exercise Medicine ARCP Decision Aid (revised 14.11.14).pdf