ARP/ACSM Certified Ringside PhysicianSM 

The American College of Sports Medicine in collaboration with the Association for Ringside Physicians has developed the ARP/ACSM Certified Ringside Physician (CRP) certification. CRPs are certified physicians who are involved in the care of boxers, mixed martial artists and other competitors in the combat arts. A CRP is experienced in ringside protocol and are instrumental in the care before, during and after the bout. The CRP has a basic understanding in various fields of medicine, which include, but are not limited to, wound care, orthopaedics, neurology, cardiology, dermatology, infectious disease, emergency medicine and even psychology.

Requirements to pursue certification:

  • He/She must have a M.D. or D.O. degree

 or a foreign medical degree equivalent.
  • He/She must have provided ringside event coverage for a minimum of three professional cards with at minimum of fifteen total fights or five amateur cards with a minimum of 30 total fights.
  • He/She must be licensed and be in good standing with the licensing body authority, (i.e. State, Country ) in which he/she is a ringside physician in for a minimum of two years. This includes being up to date on required CME by his/her licensing body authority.


  • He/She must provide two forms of recommendation from the following sources: State/Country athletic board commissioner, local boxing committee, or another ringside physician. Please use the forms provided on the ARP/ACSM website.
  • If applicable he/she must be board certified in his/her primary medical specialty (e.g., Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Orthopaedics, etc.).
 

The exam content outline is the blueprint for the ARP/ACSM Certified Ringside Physician examination. Every question on the examination is associated with one of the knowledge or skill statements in the outline. This document also provides the percentage of questions within each domain of the examination. This is an important resource to use in preparing for the exam.

Study Materials:

Journals

Entire issue of Clinics in Sports Medicine, October 2009, 28(4)

Books

  • Boxing and Medicine by Robert C. Cantu, M.D.
  • Medical Issues in Boxing, An Issue of Clinics in Sports Medicine by Gerard P. Varlotta D.O. and Barry D. Jordan M.D
  • Fight Medicine: Diagnosis and Treatment of Combat Sports Injuries for Boxing, Wrestling, and Mixed Martial Arts by Michael Kelly D.O.
  • Sports Medicine for the Combat Arts by Joseph J. Estwanik, M.D.
  • Championship Nutrition and Performance: The Wrestler's Guide to Lifestyle, Diet and Healthy Weight Control, by Nicholas Rizzo, M.D.

ARP Website

Exam Registration (please read carefully)

First-time candidates must submit all of the following to be considered for the examination:

  • Application (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION)
  • Copy of your medical school diploma
  • Current state/country medical license
  • Two competed recommendation forms (included in the application form)
  • A completed clinical experience documentation form,to be completed by state/country athletic commission (see Application form).
  • Copy of Board Certification Certificate or documentation of board eligibility. If this is not applicable, a written explanation of why not.
  • Once approved a candidate will be provided with a voucher number and can register to take exam, by visiting www.pearsonvue.com/acsm.

Only after the Ringside Physician Certification Application is submitted and approved can a candidate register for an exam. A voucher will be sent by email. ACSM and ARP members have the opportunity to receive a discount towards their exam fee.

Exam Costs

ACSM or ARP Member Candidates ............................................... $239

Non-Member Candidates .............................................................. $299

Re-Test........................................................................................ $155

Don't Know Where to Begin?

Visit the ACSM Candidate Handbook or Frequently Asked Questions page for more in-depth information about the certification process.

 

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