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Ireland: Sport Management, Medicine and Culture


Dublin, Ireland

Program Description

Students enroll in either HTH 490 or SRM 490.

This program combines learning about Irish Sport and History and how these have impacted Irish culture while also learning about specific content areas related to sport management and sport medicine. Students will spend 2 weeks visiting Irish sport venues, historical sites, and learning from professors at University College Dublin and professionals working in their respective professional fields. Learning activities will include primarily lectures and labs, some case presentations as well as participatory activities, walking tours, bus tours and free time. There will be opportunities for students to interact with students at UCD, attend a number of professional sporting events and work with youth athletes in a development program. Students will also participate in traditional Gaelic sports and dance.

Location Description

Ireland offers fantastic opportunities for students to visit and study the Model of Sport, Sport Medicine, History and Culture. Sport in Ireland is deeply rooted to the country's history and in some cases struggle for both independence and identity. Irish Sports follow the European Model of Sport Clubs rather than the US Model of school based and professionally franchised clubs. Churches and work places have often been the birth place of the sport clubs. This model combined with a wide variety of traditional (soccer, boxing, rugby, swimming) as well as Gaelic Game Sports (Gaelic Football, hurling and camogie) creates unique experiences for both Sport Management, Recreation and Sport Medicine students to learn.

From a Management perspective, the Gaelic Athletic Association is an amateur organization focused primarily on promoting Gaelic games as well as Irish music, language and dance. It is the largest organization in Ireland with approximately 800,000 members. From a Sport Medicine perspective, our host institution, University College Dublin (UCD), is working to become the first institution outside of the United States to achieve accreditation standards for its graduates to be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification exam to become certified as an Athletic Trainer. Athletic healthcare in the US is mainly provided by Athletic Trainers while in Europe, this care is provided mainly by physiotherapists. A primary learning objective for the Sport Medicine students is to learn and understand the different educational routes and skill sets for these two professions.


Connie Peterson | | Health Sciences
Neil Marrin | | Sport, Recreation, and Tourism


Most housing will be either in dorms (in Dublin) and hostels or hotels for 4 days at the end of the trip while traveling around the country in a charter bus. Breakfast will be provided daily in the program fee, while students will need to cover the majority of lunches and dinners.

Additional Items to Consider

A combination of walking, charter bus and public transportation will be used.

Access to internet should be readily available for most of the trip. Skype conversations via an internet connection (smart phone) are recommended for communication purposes.

This program is targeted towards junior or senior ATEP majors and SRM.

Students in both programs should have a strong interest in Sports and Sport Culture. Athletic Training Majors applying to or admitted into the professional phase of the Athletic Training Program will be given priority admission for the Sports Medicine Course. Students should have a strong interest in medicine and a background in science courses.

ATEP 205 is a prerequisite for HTH 490.

Application Process

For this program, students are required to submit the following material(s):

  • JMU Short-Term Application Form

  • A supplemental essay addressing the following question:
    "Why are you interested in this program and what are you academic and personal experiences that make you a strong candidate for this program?"

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.5.

For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.

Official transcript required for first-semester transfer students and non-JMU students.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


HTH 490: Special Studies in Health Education: Ireland - Sport Medicine and Culture (2 credits)

SRM 490: Special Issues: Sport and Recreation Management in Ireland