Podiatric Sports Medicine

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.


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 Trevor Prior
General Secretary Ms Maire Murphy
Membership Secretaries Mr Jon Barber
Mrs Fiona Rigby
Vasyli Award Coordinator Mr Greg Kilner
PSM Website Manager Mr Liam Stapleton

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.

Annual Podiatric Sports Medicine Conference

This is a valuable part of the specialty and all members involved in musculoskeletal care of patients will benefit. This is usually a two-day conference which includes lectures, workshops and informal discussions delivered by experts from Europe and across the world.

This year the conference will take place at the Hallam Conference Centre in London, 2-3 December 2021. Find out more.

Download the programme and booking form.

For more information contact samantha.womack@aesculap-academy.com