PHICIS course

Pre-Hospital Immediate Care in Sport (PHICIS)

PHICIS has been running for over 15 years and has now been delivered in 42 different countries. The course incorporates online reading, practical workshops and heaps of simulation training. It has been adopted by World Rugby as the standard of care for pitchside medics (both in terms of curriculum content, and delivery).

The content / curriculum is contemporary and specifically based on the epidemiology of sports injuries. It covers recognition and management of life and limb threatening injuries within the simple and highly effective structure of the ‘primary survey’. Further, the course covers multiple other aspects of immediate care including integration with emergency services, scrupulous c-spine and spinal precautions and management of head injuries and concussion in sport-specific contexts.

Based on modern pedagogical approaches, the PHICIS courses are carefully designed to  cater for all learning styles, different backgrounds and ability. All courses are accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh Faculty of Immediate Care; this ensures regular review and update of the curriculum and teaching approaches. These courses are increasingly recognised by Sports and Exercise Medicine bodies such as the Australasian College of Sports and Exercise Physicians and Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine UK.

Read more history and background here

Which course is right for me?


This course is open to all, although designed for high-end elite sports level. International and first grade level physios, nurses and doctors frequently attend this 3 day course. This course teaches not only recognition of time critical life and limb threatening injuries, but management such as needle decompression of tension pneumothorax, balanced (minimal) hypovolaemic resuscitation, advanced trauma life support and wound care.


This 2 day course covers recognition of time critical life and limb threatening injuries and is suitable for most physios, nurses and doctors who cover sports at non-elite level. The standard of pitchside care that is taught is still very high.

Where can I get the training?

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