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ARP/ACSM Certified
Ringside PhysicianSM

Make a Difference. Join the Leading Team.

Want to give others the guidance and strength to lead a healthy lifestyle? With an ACSM certification you will make an impact on the lives of others.

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.


Professional sports medicine certification began with us.

Founded in 1954, the American College of Sports Medicine was the first organization to certify health fitness professionals. As a leader in the industry, ACSM establishes the exercise guidelines that all other certifications use for training and certification, and therefore, we continue to set what we like to call "the Gold Standard."

As a non-profit institution, we are driven by our commitment to education and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. Our certifications are the backbone of organization, and we want to provide you with the tools and support needed to make sure you have a successful career in health and fitness.

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.).

Prepare for Your Exam

Download the exam content outline.

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 Options


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


  • 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


Schedule Your Exam

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

  • Download and complete 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 via e-mail, and can register to take the exam
  • ACSM and ARP members have the opportunity to receive a discount towards their exam fee

ACSM tests are scheduled through Pearson VUE, an organization that administers more than 5,000 computer-based testing centers throughout the world. Once you are ready to schedule your exam at one of several testing centers, follow the link below to visit the Pearson VUE site to find you preferred date and location. New visitors will have to make an account with Pearson VUE befor scheduling. If you have any questions, you can contact us at 800-486-5643. For questions directly related to your exam scheduling, please call Pearson VUE at 888-883-2276.


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