Course Overview

This Certificate offers a unique opportunity for sports and exercise medicine (SEM) doctors and physiotherapists to acquire a deeper knowledge and skill set in managing the emergency scenarios they may experience in their day-to-day work.

In a supportive learning environment, this course will provide the practitioner with the knowledge, skills and competencies required to manage pitch-side emergencies (within their scope of practice). It explores the evidence base for current clinical practice guidelines and provides a practical and systematic approach for dealing with pre-hospital emergencies.

There is a particular emphasis on the practical skills and the pharmacology/therapeutics needed to manage the broad range of life-threatening emergencies encountered in SEM.

Course Structure and Attendance

Delivered over one trimester, this course will consist of 7 half day teaching sessions and 3 full day practical sessions and uses a variety of learning strategies in recognition of the time constraints associated with full time clinical practice.

The course will enable the practitioner to work pitch-side and manage emergencies competently and confidently.

Graduates will have demonstrated advanced knowledge and advanced practical skills around:

  1. Advanced life support in cardiac emergencies including epidemiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology and therapeutics.
  2. Advanced life support in trauma emergencies including epidemiology, pathophysiology including sports specific pitch-side skills of pain management and concussion, pharmacology and therapeutics.
  3. Medical emergencies in sports medicine including epidemiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology and therapeutics.
  4. Sports medicine leadership and management including major incident management, stadium and systems organisation/leadership and team work.
  5. Specialised sports medicine subjects such as diving medicine, extremes of heat, and specialised sporting populations.

A variety of structured continuous and end of module assessments

Applications are invited from registered doctors and chartered physiotherapists who already work in the area of, or have a keen interest in, sports and exercise medicine (SEM).

Application Details

Applications are processed via

Please check the UCD Fees website for full fees information:

Programme Manager

Ms Eileen Bradish

UCD Centre for Emergency Medical Science, Health Sciences Centre,

University College Dublin

Belfield, Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 6641




Key Information:

  • Major Code Aut: X938 Sum: X934
  • Duration One Semester
  • Dr Maeve Doheny