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Sports Medicine

Medical services for sport and physical activity have evolved significantly over the last 50 years moving from an emphasis on treating injuries to a multi-disciplinary approach which considers the prevention, treatment, rehabilitation of injury and the promotion of safe practice.  There is also an increasing focus on education and research, helping to ensure the delivery of high quality services to both the physically active public and elite performers. 

Practitioners from a wide range of professions are involved in the provision of medical services for sport and physical activity.  They include: primary care, cardiology, respiratory medicine, orthopaedic surgery, traumatology, physiotherapy, podiatry, exercise physiology, nutrition, psychology and health promotion. 

Following representation from a number of these practitioners and other interested parties, the Sports Council for Northern Ireland convened a working group to produce a strategy for the Development of Sport and Physical Activity Medicine in Northern Ireland in 2001. The full Strategy document can be downloaded or can be requested from Dorothy Spence.

The strategy makes recommendations and develops an agenda for action in 6 key areas: 

  • promotion of safe and healthy sport and physical activity;

  • clinical services National Health Service;

  • clinical services Private Provision;

  • provision for High Performance Athletes;

  • sport and Physical Activity Medicine Education and Training;

  • sport and Physical Activity Medicine Research.

In addition, the strategy recommends that a Sport and Physical Medicine Commission should be established to ensure the implementation of the strategy and the achievement of the agendas for action. 

Following a comprehensive consultation process, the strategy was finalised and launched in the middle of 2002.  Work is currently underway to establish the Commission.   

For further information contact [email protected]  


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