Endurance Event Medicine Course

Join us as we guide you through an exceptional course designed to empower medical professionals and endurance athletes with the knowledge and practical expertise to effectively manage medical issues in endurance events.

Whether you’re a healthcare professional seeking to enhance your skills and specialise in this field or an experienced racer or supporting professional, this course presents an invaluable opportunity to expand your knowledge and expertise to new horizons.

CPD Award: This course has been awarded 23 CPD hours by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

“A lot of practical tips and tricks about medical support during an ultra event. As a doctor, I especially liked the approach from a physiotherapist’s perspective.”
Endurance Event Medicine course attendee

Ignite your passion for excellence in endurance events.

Key facts

Whether you’re a seasoned support medic or a complete novice, this four day course is packed with all you’ll need to learn to provide medical cover for a whole range of sporting events.  

Pitched at all experience levels, you’ll learn how to effectively support athletes competing in IronMans, ultra endurance races, cycle Sportives or multi-day adventure races of all kinds.

This course is suitable for any healthcare professional wanting to support endurance events in the UK or abroad – but it’s also a brilliant way for coaches, athletes or anyone interested in fitness and sport to learn more about how to support and optimise human performance.

Location: Okehampton, Devon

You must be a:

  • Medical or Allied Health Professional
  • Student in your last two years of study

CPD Award: This course has been awarded 23 CPD hours by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

What’s included:

  • Tutoring, accommodation and meals
  • Downloadable course resources

What’s not:

  • Travel costs
  • Personal equipment
  • Drinks and food from the bar

What to expect

This four day course will be a mixture of lectures and active sessions packed with all the essential skills you’ll need to be out on the hill or the roadside with total confidence in your abilities.

You’ll cover emergency presentations such as fractures or collapse as well as practical skills in assessing and managing musculoskeletal injuries. The approach to care will be focused on safe support for endurance racers who want to continue and need their bodies to be strong enough to carry on.

Part of your learning then covers wider subjects such as the psychology of racing, the impact of sleep and the science behind hydration and nutrition in the endurance, eventing and sporting world.

During this course, you’ll also have free time so anyone in training or wanting to explore the running or cycling trails around the venue will be able to do so.

Course content

• Macro and micro nutrition
• Supporting and stopping – the psychological aspect of endurance events
• Rhabdomyolysis and leptospirosis
• Hydration
• Physiotherapy for non physios
• Communications
• Primary Survey
• Endurance events in different climates
• Blisters and Pressure Sores
• Managing sleep

Sessions will be a mix of lectures and practical learning, with freetime built in to run, swim and cycle.

What you need to know

  • Trainers – ideally cross trainers/trail shoes. Approach shoes or walking boots are fine for the course, but bring trainers if you want to go for a run
  • Dry pair of shoes/indoor shoes
  • Shorts – for physio taping sessions
  • “Racer back” sports top or suchlike to allow physio taping with dignity!
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Warm woolly hat/beanie
  • Gloves
  • Buff/neck gaiter

Outdoor activity layering

  • Base layer, mid layer and outer (for example: merino t-shirt, leggings/running tights, thicker fleece/merino trousers/windproof trousers, long sleeved merino top). Remember, even if you are a ‘warm person’ and don’t tend to need all these layers whilst exercising outdoors, standing outside may be cooler
  • Fleece jumper/top
  • Casual clothing for the evenings
  • Underwear and socks


  • With waterproof drybags for kit inside the bag +/- rucksack waterproof shell
  • Water bottle (for lectures and outdoors), water bladder (if you want for outdoors)
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Headtorch
  • Personal toiletries + towel
  • Personal medication
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Suncream
  • Insect repellent

Swimming kit if you want to go wild swimming nearby

Climbing gear -there are climbing crags on Dartmoor for those who wish to use non-course time either side of the course.

Surf kit – North coast surf beaches could be used either side of the course

Feedback from previous courses

What went well on your Endurance Event Medicine course?

“The overall concept of the course was great, brings together all elements of endurance events for AHP and Medics.”

“Enthusiastic, passionate and inspiring faculty. Interactive teaching. The theoretical and practical knowledge presented was perfectly tailored to the group and is immediately applicable & relevant to everyday clinical practice as well as event medicine, to share with peers and my own training.”

“Some really interesting topics covered, taping session was good and lots of opportunities to ask questions. Pitched at a good level for a wide variety of knowledge levels”

What was the single most valuable thing you learnt from your Endurance Event Medicine course?

“I am new to sports medicine so it was all great. Sleep and female health were awesome.”

“Valued having this window into sports and endurance events with a medical perspective, what I can expect and how I can get involved & learn more!”

“It was absolutely awesome to meet people who do crazy things. It felt like home.”

About us

World Extreme Medicine trains, supports and informs medics looking to expand their skills and tackle new challenges.

A chance conversation about the impossibility of finding good expedition medics resulted in our Founding Director, Mark Hannaford creating the very first, bespoke Expedition Medicine course in the UK – over 20 years ago. Since then, we’ve spent the last two decades providing on-demand education, on-location training, international conferences, and expedition support for people outside normal medical environments.

Our network of around a quarter of a million experts, practitioners and instructors is here for you – inspiring, informing and connecting you with like-minded people and new opportunities.

Whether you’re a doctor, nurse, dentist, vet, paramedic, medical student or allied health professional, you can join us and discover new frontiers of your practice both at home or in the field.

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