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Research in specialist sport and exercise medicine training
  1. Bruce Hamilton1,2,
  2. Larissa Trease3,4,
  3. Corey Cunningham4,5
  1. 1 Sports Medicine, High Performance Sport New Zealand AUT Millennium Institute of Sport and Health, Auckland, New Zealand
  2. 2 SPRINZ, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
  3. 3 La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre (LASEM), La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia
  4. 4 Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  5. 5 New South Wales Institute of Sport, Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Bruce Hamilton, Sports Medicine, High Performance Sport New Zealand AUT Millennium Institute of Sport and Health, Auckland, New Zealand; bruce.hamilton{at}hpsnz.org.nz

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Over 20 years ago, Thomas Best and Domhnall MacAuley rhetorically posited that evidence-based sports medicine was potentially a ‘contradiction in terms’.1 In 2010, Evert Verhagen and Willem van Mechelen stated that ‘most individuals involved in sports medicine are not thoroughly trained in epidemiological and methodological rigour’.2 Despite these somewhat disparaging views, research has long been recognised as an important component of specialist training in sport and exercise medicine,3 4 at least in part as a result of academic medical centres demonstrating better patient outcomes.5 Indeed, the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP) has centralised the role of research in sports medicine training since its inception in 1985, incorporating a requirement to complete original research as part of fellowship training.6 Until 2023, in order to graduate from the training programme, registrars were required to complete a series of mandatory research modules and undertake ‘an original research project, and [be] published as …

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  • Contributors All authors contributed to the development of this editorial.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests CC is the president of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP) and BH is the chair of the Research Committee of ACSEP.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.