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How important is sport and exercise medicine to the accident and emergency specialist? A study in the UK and Ireland
  1. L Abernethy1,
  2. D MacAuley2,
  3. O McNally3,
  4. S McCann3
  1. 1Accident and Emergency Department, The Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Belfast, UK
  2. 2Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, The Queens University of Belfast, UK
  3. 3School of Nursing, University of Ulster
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr L Abernethy
 The Ulster Hospital, Accident and Emergency Department, Dundonald, Belfast BT16 IRH, UK;

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Sport and exercise related injury is responsible for about 5% of the overall workload in the accident and emergency (A&E) department,1–4 and A&E specialists agree that they should have a broad knowledge and understanding of sports medicine issues.5 Yet, training in sports medicine is not a compulsory part of the curriculum for “Higher Specialist Training”. We carried out a pilot study in Northern Ireland5 that showed there was considerable interest in sport and exercise medicine, but we wondered if this simply reflected local interest in the topic. The aim of this study was to determine the views of a large representative sample of experts throughout the UK and Ireland.


The study used a modified Delphi technique to identify the views of A&E specialists on statements relating to: the role and training of the A&E specialist in relation to sports injuries and, the need for knowledge and understanding of defined skills of importance in sports medicine. These were developed using current guidelines for training in both sports medicine and A&E medicine.67

In round one, participants rated …

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