Podiatric Sports Medicine

Royal College of Podiatry Specialist Advisory Group

Inspiring clinical excellence through innovation & science, thinking beyond biomechanics

What is Podiatric Sports Medicine?

As a formal specialty within the podiatry profession, Podiatry Sports Medicine (PSM) is relatively new and still in its infancy. Historically, clinicians have referred to themselves as Sports Podiatrists due to their association with sportsmen as their patient group, but they have had no formal qualifications or training in PSM.

Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM)

In the UK, Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) exists as a specialty in medicine and an academic qualification in SEM has been offered for the last four decades in the UK. In order to identify and differentiate from SEM which is primarily practised by medical doctors, sports medicine practised by a podiatrist has been termed Podiatric Sports Medicine in order to give it its own identity.

Scope of practice

Management of common and uncommon musculoskeletal foot, ankle and leg disorders encountered in sport as well as within an active population, in terms of diagnosis and differential diagnosis based on knowledge of conditions, knowledge of anatomy, good history-taking, clinical examination confirmed by investigations and then a structured plan of management. Justification is based on evidence thus encouraging evidence-based practice.
 
The decision-making process is also an important part of the scope, especially at the elite and professional end of the sports spectrum.

Membership

The Podiatric Sports Medicine Specialist Advisory Group (PSM SAG) is open to all Members/Fellows of the Royal College of Podiatry that meet one of the following criteria:

  • Hold a Post-graduate Certificate (PGC), Diploma or an MSc in PSM or equivalent qualification that is related to sport
  • Are employed or affiliated to a sports team or organisation
  • Have part of their working week devoted to looking after sportsmen and women
  • Are involved in teaching or lecturing in sports-related subjects
  • Work within a mulitdisciplinary sports medicine, clinic or team.

Organisation structure

Chair Dr Nat Padhiar
Vice Chair Mr Liam Stapleton
General Secretary Mr Sean Savage
Membership Secretary Mr Jeremy Ousey
PSM Website Manager Mr Abid Hussain
Marketing and Advertising Officer Ms Caoimhe Hoey             
Scientific Officers Ms Emily Haworth
Ms Suzanne Hamilton
Education Officers Dr Dhruv Jogia
Mr Steven Connor
Vasyli Award Coordinator Mr Trevor Prior

Post-graduate education

Podiatric Sports Medicine PGCert

Queen Mary University of London offers PGC, Diploma and an MSc in PSM. The website is being developed with access to some information:

For more information contact:

Sports and exercise medicine courses

There are 22 universities in the UK that offer sports and exercise medicine (SEM) courses, including University College London, see:

Awards and conferences

Vasyli Award

This award, which is presented annually, was created after the founder of the Vasyli Foundation and world-renowned podiatrist, Phillip Vasyli, passed away in 2015. As part of his legacy, he wished to further the education of podiatrists in the field of podiatric sports medicine.

Each year, the successful applicant will be awarded a maximum of £1,500 towards the cost of gaining one of the following qualifications: Post-graduate certificate, Diploma, or an MSc in Podiatric Sports Medicine, at Queen Mary University of London.  To apply, you must be a current HCPC registered member of the Royal College of Podiatry and be a UK resident. Further details about eligibility for the award are available here.

Applications are now open for the 2022 Vasyli Award

To apply, please download and complete the application form.

Completed forms should be returned by 15 May 2022 to courses@rcpod.org.uk.

10th Podiatric Sports Medicine Conference

The 10th Podiatric Sports Medicine Conference will take place on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 December 2022 at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

The conference is in collaboration and association with the British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine (BASEM), the Royal College of Podiatry and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. The conference is hosted by Aesculap Academia.

The clinical and scientific programme topics will include:
  • Interventions in podiatric sports medicine
  • Injections, laser therapy, manipulations, taping and biologic therapy
  • Introduction to ultrasound scanning
  • Phlebotomy and cannulation
  • Pitch side care and medical emergency
Download the event flyer

For more information, or to book, please visit https://uk.aesculap-academy.com/eventdetails/4061423/4061444
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