Dr.Colm McCarthy Sports Exercise Medicine Physician

Dr Colm McCarthy

Specialist Sport & Exercise Physician

Dr Colm McCarthy is a Specialist Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician who has trained and practised in Australia and Ireland in both Sport & Exercise Medicine and General Practice. Colm has extensive experience in treating people of all ages and abilities in both team and individual sports, as well as anyone who wishes to enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle despite challenges such as low physical fitness, arthritis or medical conditions. Colm consults at Claremont and Murdoch and can be seen with or without a GP referral. Patient Medicare rebates for ultrasound guided procedures (where indicated) are higher with a GP or other specialist referral.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Fellow of the Australasian College of Sport & Exercise Physicians (FACSEP)
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine (FFSEM, Ireland)
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)
  • MSc in Sport & Exercise Medicine (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Member of the Irish College of General Practitioners (MICGP)
  • Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI)
  • Diploma in Child Health (DCH)
  • Diploma in Medicine for the Elderly (DME)
  • MB BAO BCh (UCD, Ireland 2005)

Current Elite Sport Roles:

  • Team Doctor to Western Force (Super Rugby)
  • AFLW Independent Doctor

Former Team Doctor to:

  • Western Force Academy, Western Force Super W’s and Rugby WA High Performance Pathways 2017-2020
  • Asia Pacific Dragons, Fijian, Samoan and Japanese visiting Rugby Union teams to Perth 2017-2020
  • Walleroos (Rugby) Perth Test vs New Zealand 2019
  • Australian Diamonds (Netball) Constellation Cup vs New Zealand 2019
  • Western Force (Super Rugby 2016-2017)
  • Perth Spirit (NRC Rugby Union 2016-2017)
  • UWA Rugby Union Club 2016
  • Claremont Tigers WAFL (2015 assistant doctor)
  • Irish International Rules Team vs All-Australian Selection (assistant doctor 2014 & 2017)
  • UCD AFC 2012 (Irish Premier League Soccer)
  • Wicklow County Football Team 2012 (Gaelic Football)

Event Doctor For:

  • Rottnest SwimRun 2019
  • Wallabies Perth Tests vs Argentina, South Africa, New Zealand 2017,18,19 (Concussion spotter)
  • USA vs Canada Ice Hockey Classic 2016
  • Perth Velofest 2015
  • Rottnest Channel Swim 2015
  • Langley Park Corporate Triathlon 2015
  • Alice Springs Masters Games 2014
  • Leinster Loop Cycle Sportive 2012 (Ireland)

Clinical Interests:

  • Running Injuries and Biomechanics
  • Acute and chronic knee injuries
  • Hip & groin pain
  • Stress Fracture Management & Rehabilitation
  • Rugby, Soccer and Football Injuries
  • Ultrasound guided in-clinic procedures
  • Exercise as Medicine
  • Concussion
  • Diabetes

Publications & Research:

Barefoot running and hip kinematics: good news for the knee?
McCarthy C, Fleming N, Donne B, Blanksby B.
Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2015 May;47(5):1009-16. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000505.
PMID: 25207927

12 weeks of simulated barefoot running changes foot-strike patterns in female runners.
McCarthy C, Fleming N, Donne B, Blanksby B.
Int J Sports Med. 2014 May;35(5):443-50. doi: 10.1055/s-0033-1353215. Epub 2013 Sep 18.
PMID: 24048910

Personal Interests:

Colm’s first love was running. He competed in cross country and middle distance at national level as a junior, as well as playing soccer and gaelic football throughout school, university and adult life. Once he discovered wetsuits Colm took up surfing, triathlon and adventure racing around Ireland’s coast, before moving to Perth in 2013 in search of warmer waters and bluer skies. The majority of Colm’s spare time is now spent enjoying the ocean on a surf-ski or board with Swanbourne Nedlands Surf Life Saving Club. Outside of sport Colm enjoys music, the occasional local brew and introducing his young son and daughter to the joys of running, swimming and kicking a ball.

Book An Appointment:

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Perth Sports Medicine - Claremont

Perth Sports Medicine - Murdoch

Past and Present Affiliations

  • Triathlon International Triathlon Union
  • Football Federation Australia
  • Swimming Australia
  • Westcoast Eagles
  • Australian Boomers
  • Precision Biomechanics
  • Western Force
  • Aquatic Super Series Western Australia
  • Cricket Australia
  • Sports Medicine Australia
  • Australasian College of Sports Physician
  • The Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Life Care
  • Front Runner
  • Kokkaburras
  • Catalyst Nutrition Dietetics
  • Westcoast Fever
  • Cloud Running
  • Netball Australia
  • Cirque Du Soleil
  • Perth Wildcats