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Sports medicine and the accident and emergency medicine specialist
  1. L Abernethy,
  2. O McNally,
  3. D MacAuley,
  4. S O'Neill
  1. Institute of Postgraduate Medical and Health Sciences, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr L Abernethy, Accident and Emergency Department, The Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Belfast BT16 1RH; UK;


Background: Sport and exercise related injuries are responsible for about 5% of the workload in the accident and emergency (A&E) department, yet training in sports medicine is not a compulsory part of the curriculum for Higher Specialist Training.

Aim: To determine how A&E medicine consultants and specialist trainees view their role and skill requirements in relation to sports medicine.

Method: A modified Delphi study, consisting of two rounds of a postal questionnaire. Participants were invited to rate the importance of statements relating to the role and training of the A&E specialist in relation to sports injuries (six statements) and the need for knowledge and understanding of defined skills of importance in sports medicine (16 statements).

Value of research: This provides a consensus of opinion on issues in sport and exercise medicine that have educational implications for A&E specialists, and should be considered in the curriculum for Higher Specialist Training. There is also the potential for improving the health care provision of A&E departments, to the exercising and sporting population.

  • sports medicine

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  • Conflicts of interest: none.

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