Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Standard Principles Of Resuscitation and Trauma in Sport (SPoRTS) Immediate Care Course

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For enquiries: e-mail

or ring Annemarie on 01- 402 2382


Next course:


  • Dates:       22nd, 23rd & 24th September 2017 - Cancelled

                         8th, 9th & 10th December 2017

  • Venue:      Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 (near Houston Station)

The responsibility of the pitch-side medical team has never been higher. Healthcare professionals are under more and more scrutiny in terms of skill maintenance and professional development.
The pitch-side medic has a duty of care to the team, but also a responsibility to update and improve their skills. We believe in an integrated approach where Health Care professionals from all levels and backgrounds train and learn together and this pre-hospital course for medics who do not deal with critical care situations every day is designed to encourage this.
The sports courses take advantage of extensive pre-hospital experience and are designed to provide the occasional critical care medic with the theory, skills and knowledge of safe boundaries to assess and perform immediate life saving interventions or to prepare the critically unwell sportsman for safe transfer to hospital.
The course is designed to help you recognise the critically ill; develop practical skills to treat them and co-ordinate a team to transfer them. That way, when our skills are called upon in a critical care situation we can all be confident we are trained to a similarly high level.

The course incorporates lectures, demonstrations, rapid response practicals, video critiques, and MCQs, amongst other things.

Course Commitment:

  • Friday - afternoon (4pm to 8pm)
  • Saturday - all day (8am to 6pm)
  • Sunday - morning (8am to 2pm)

Prospective applicants: Please note that this course is open to medical practitioners in all specialties with an interest in sports, as well as (sport) physiotherapists and other allied healthcare professionals who have an interest in sports. 

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Click here to download March 2017 application form     

Click here to download Dublin Dates 2017 application form

Click here to download information about certification associated with this course (BLS, CFR Community and CFR Advanced) 

This course is approved for 16 CPD points by the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, RCPI & RCSI, and it is also endorsed by the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.

CPD credits: 14 External CPD + 2 Internal CPD

Each participant will also find that they will accumulate CPD credits under the "Personal Learning" category (approx. 6 to 8 points / person for the pre-course work).

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Our thanks to our dedicated team of local and overseas experts who make a major contribution to the course as Teaching & Guest Faculty (Sports and Exercise Medicine Specialists, Sport Teams Medical Officers, Course Instructors, Advanced Paramedics, and Specialists in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Rheumatology, Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, Emergency Medicine and General Practice), to name a few!

We also want to thank our group of volunteer students who regularly act as casualties on the course!

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Testimonials from course candidates:

Mr Ciaran O'Shaughnessy:  My name is Ciarán O'Shaughnessy, I am a physiotherapist working in Cork University Hospital (CUH). In November 2014, I did the SPoRTS Immediate Care Course run by Brian Carlin. 

On Tuesday 31st April 2015, I was covering an Under 21 championship gaelic football match (Nemo vs Bishopstown) in Cork city. After the match, an 18 year old player who had been playing collapsed in the dressing room, and was unresponsive. I had to commence CPR and once the defibrillator arrived, I had to administer two shocks. I had to continue the CPR for 10 minutes before I got a pulse and he began to breath again. It was a further 20-25 minutes after this before the ambulance arrived. The player underwent tests in CUH, which uncovered a rare anatomical anomaly in his heart which required him to have to undergo heart surgery. Thankfully, he has since made a full recovery.

I can safely say that, without the knowledge and practical skills that I gained from the SPoRTS Immediate Care Course, the outcome may not have been so favourable. All the practical scenarios that you practice (and sometimes feel silly doing at the time!) were invaluable, as this approach meant that I went into almost complete autopilot such that my responses to the life-and-death situation were instinctive so that I was able to do what I needed to do without wasting time having to think about it. This is exactly what you need in a scary situation like that when you have a dead, blue 18 year old lying in front of you. For any medical professional who is involved with a sports team, I can not recommend this course highly enough and the importance of being trained to deal with serious situations like the one I encountered. I would just like to say a huge "thank you" to Brian Carlin and all the mentors involved in the course. It is thanks to all of you that I had both the honour and surreal experience of someone saying to me "I owe you my life"!

Ms Nina Holden: "As a physiotherapist, I couldn't recommend this course enough to anybody who is interested in working with any sporting events. I felt it really covered all bases. The practical elements were excellent for preparing us for the real life scenarios of working with sports trauma. The faculty that facilitated the course were the best in their respective fields and taught us so much. They were so approachable and knowledgeable. I felt they were a real strength of the course and it was great to work with the sports physicians. After this course, I can honestly say I feel confident and competent in the part I can play in the provision of immediate care and in the management of sports trauma."

Dr Nathan Wall: "What made the course excellent for me was the large amount of time spent actively involved in the hands-on management of practical drills. This practice, combined with the knowledge base provided by tutorials, resulted in me feeling both confident and competent by the end of the course. Another strength of the course was the large number of mentors, each with vast experience in the area and all very enthusiastic and approachable. This gave the course a very interactive feel. Overall it was very beneficial for me and was both educational and enjoyable. I would recommend it to any junior doctor with an interest in sports medicine."

Dr Joe Conway: "This course is brilliantly put together to allow the team or sports event doctor / physiotherapists up skill or maintain their knowledge while practising their skills in a host of different emergency scenarios. The design of the course by the course director and the quality of tutors is exemplary with knowledgeable and experienced candidates creating a fantastic learning environment where you will also learn from each other."

Press Coverage (Inaugural SPoRTS Course - October 2012)

Irish Medical Times Cover - 26/10/2012 issue  

If you have any queries in relation to this course, please contact the FSEM Course Co-ordinator, Ms Annemarie Creighton, by phone or e-mail:

Phone:   01- 402 2382