Sports Medical Certificates

We provide you with a quick and convenient way to get a sports medical certificate for competitive and non-competitive sports events.

✓ Apply 24/7 with no appointment necessary
✓ Avoid long appointment wait-times
✓ Do it without leaving your home
✓ Signed by a fully registered GP
✓ Sent to your inbox with optional overnight service

✅ Marathons, Triathalons and most competitive
and non-competitive sporting events.



Standard Service

£55 - Receive your medical certificate within 2-4 business days


Express Service

£59 - Your request prioritized and certificate issued within 24hrs or sooner


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Online Sports Medical Certificate

Many competitive and non-competitive sporting events will require all participants to obtain a medical certificate signed by a doctor. This is particularly common in France and other EU countries.

Common sporting events which may require a doctor signed and stamped medical certificate include the Paris Marathon, Medoc Marathon, Marathon de Sables, L'Etape du Tour, La Marmotte and Triathlons.

Our medical practitioners can issue a hassle-free sports medical certificate on the same day or overnight, straight to your inbox.

This certificate will confirm that you have no contraindications to participating in the sports event.

Skip the hassle of expensive appointments – apply online now and receive your sports medical certificate from only £55.


How it works

1. Complete an online health questionnaire

No appointment required – simply complete a medical health questionnaire on our website 24/7.

2. Doctor Reviews Evidence

One of our GMC-registered GPs will review and the submitted medical evidence and make a recommendation.

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3. Receive your certificate

Receive your sports medical certificate as soon as same day or within a few working days, straight to your inbox.


What will you receive?

Unless you have a specific form you would like our doctors to sign, you will obtain a verifiable PDF medical certificate bearing the signature of a registered medical doctor, sent directly to your mobile device. This document will include the following information:

✓ Your name and date of birth
✓ Confirmation that you are fit to participate in the sports event
✓ Accepted by events Internationally
✓ Signed and authorised by one of our General Medical Council (GMC) registered UK doctors.
✓ Contact information for Medical Cert for verification purposes.


Asked Questions

How do I get a sports medical certificate?

Simply complete the online questionnaire and complete the payment. After purchasing your medical certificate online, a doctor will review the information provided, and where appropriate will provide you with a certificate for your event. There is no need to have a telemedicine or online consultation to receive a medical letter. Our Doctors may call or email you directly if they have any additional questions.

Can I get a sports medical letter without seeing a doctor?

You do not always need to see a doctor to get one. Our revolutionary service allows you to be assessed by one of our doctors without needing an appointment, simply by uploading your concerns and evidence through our forms. One of our doctors will then consider your medical history, current fitness, and any potential risks associated with your condition for the event before issuing your medical certificate. You will then receive the letter directly to your inbox.

Can you sign the Paris Marathon issued medical certificate?

Absolutely. At the end of our consultation form you'll be given the opportunity to upload any specific forms you need signed. Our doctors regularly sign the Paris Marathon medical certificate for participants.

What will the sports medical certificate say?

Our doctors will evaluate the information you submit and make a judgement on whether an online sports certificate is appropriate for you. If yes, the certificate will say that there are no contraindications to your participation in the sporting event. But we cannot "guarantee fitness".

What information will you require from me?

We will require you to upload:
✓ A photo / copy of your Passport or driver’s licence to confirm your identity
✓ Complete a medical questionnaire
Helpful information to have to hand when completing the form includes your blood pressure, your cholesterol level (screenshots of blood tests from your NHS app is sufficient), and medical history (this can be your summary health record available freely via your GP). These are not required for the certificate, but are very helpful for our doctors to have.

Do you provide refunds?

We always provide full refunds if we are unable to provide a sports Medical certificate in your situation, so you can submit your requests with peace of mind. Once a medical certificate has been issued we are unable to offer refunds.

How soon will I receive my medical letter or certificate?

Our team of GPs will review your medical evidence and questionnaire on the same day and provide you with your medical letter or certificate within 1 working day. We also offer a guaranteed by 9 a.m. service for medical letters for evidence that has been uploaded by 11 p.m. (UTC/GMT) Sunday - Thursday. With our express overnight service you will receive your medical letter or certificate in your inbox overnight by 9 a.m. the next day. For example, an application submitted at 11 p.m. on a Thursday night will be assessed and delivered by 9 a.m. on Friday morning.

Who will sign my sports medical certificates?

All of the doctors at Medical Cert are fully licensed GMC-registered GPs. We are a UK based healthcare service but the certificates can be used internationally. All of our Doctors are registered GPs with the UK General Medical Council.

Can you complete a specific form required by my event ?

Yes, in most cases we can help with special forms required by some events. Simply upload the required form with your medical evidence.

Can your doctor’s letters be verified?

Absolutely. Each letter or certificate issued will have a unique reference number and can be verified free of charge by emailing us at

Can you provide "full diagnostic testing?"

Since we are an online service we are do not perform such tests as ECG, urine analysis and spirometry tests. If you have received these tests elsewhere, you can upload them with your form for our doctors to review.

What would prevent me from getting a signed sports medical certificate?

Our doctors will review each case individually based on the information provided in your e-consultation form. For a healthy person with no medical issues, there is usually nothing that prevents our doctors from producing a certificate for you. If our doctors have any questions regarding your health they will contact you.

Can you sign Sports Certificates for Italian Events?

If your sporting event is in Italy, Italian law for medical sports certification requires you to undertake the following tests within 12 months of your event: a. Resting ECG and a Stress ECG b. Spirometry (a lung function/breath test) You will need to upload the results for the following tests if you would like your Italian sports medical certificate signed. These tests are easily available via various private health providers.

Do you provide certificates for all kinds of sports?

Currently we do not perform the following sports assessments: aviation sports, skydiving events, driving medicals, olympic sports, scuba diving events, or other extreme competitive sports. These will require in-depth testing via a face-to-face sports specialist doctor.

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Online Sports Medical Certificates

Still confused about sports medical certificate? Keep reading to learn more.

Everything You Need To Know About Online Sports Medical Certificates

Are you wondering how to get a sports medical certificate for your next event? Sports Medical Certificates are now essential for many sporting events across Europe.

Sports medical certificates are usually required to prove that someone is fit for a sporting event. They come in different types, depending on the sport and local regulations.

The easiest way to obtain these certificates is online via an e-consultation form.

What are Sports Medical Certificates?

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Sports Medical Certificates are documents that show a person is generally healthy enough to take part in sports events. Doctors are able to sign these certificates after checking the athlete’s health history and condition. Contrary to popular belief, sports certificates do not guarantee “fitness” for a sports event. Instead they assess the probability of a health risk, and usually state that there are no contraindications to participation.

In reality, it’s a risk assessment rather than a fitness assessment. The competitor’s health status, conditioning, medical background and family history are all taken into account. Where cholesterol levels or other blood work is available, this is also reviewed. This ensures the competitor can join in competitions or activities without any medical contraindications, but does not guarantee fitness.

These certificates can be specific to the sporting event, or of a more generic nature produced by the doctor’s office. Our letter-headed certificates will be generated by one of our doctors after assessing the information filled out in the online health form by the athlete. The form itself is quick to complete, usually only taking about 5-10 minutes. Depending on the level of service selected, our doctors will then issue a certificate within 1-2 working days, aiming for completion within 24 hours.

Typically, marathons and triathlons taking place across Europe will ask runners to have such a certificate before they participate.

Types of Sports Medical Certificates

competitive cycling race medical certificate

Online Sports Medical Certificates vary to meet different requirements for sporting events. They ensure athletes are fit and safe to participate.

  1. General Fitness Certificates: These confirm an athlete’s overall health and lack of serious medical conditions. Doctors may check blood pressure, BMI, and other basic health markers, but it is not an in-depth assessment. Events like local races often ask for this certificate.
  2. Competitive Sports Certificates: Required for high-level competitions, such as the Paris Marathon. Doctors perform a more thorough medical history, including questions surrounding heart health and family history specific to competitive sports standards. Medical Cert’s online sports certificates service is suitable for the Paris Marathon.
  3. Non-Competitive Sports Certificates: These are for less strenuous events where the focus is on participation rather than competition. Checks are simpler, much like a general fitness certificate focusing on general wellness suitable for events with a broader participant base.
  4. Certificate for Specific Sports: Some sports demand unique checks due to their nature—diving needs lung function tests while mountain sports require altitude fitness assessments. Medical Cert does not offer these currently as they require special tests that we are unable to conduct as an online service.
  5. Certificates with Extra Tests (Italian Law): For participation in sporting events in Italy, athletes must undergo additional tests like Resting ECG, Stress ECG, and Spirometry as mandated by Italian law. Medical Cert is able to assist with the certificate for an Italian competition if the participant has had these tests performed and is able to upload results for our doctors to review.

Each type serves its purpose, ensuring athletes participate safely in sports activities tailored to their fitness levels and the demands of the sport or event they are entering into.

Why are They Required?

Sports medical certificates are crucial for the safety and health of players taking part in sports events. These documents confirm that an athlete is suitable to participate, reducing health risks during competitions. The primary purpose of sports medical certificates is not to ensure an athlete’s fitness, but instead to ensure those who are not suitable to participate do not unduly participate at risk to their health.

They serve as a protective measure, ensuring everyone involved understands the physical demands of the event and can handle them without harm.

In Italy, specific tests like resting ECGs are needed by law for these certificates. They check if an athlete’s heart is healthy enough for endurance activities. This shows how serious countries take participant well-being, emphasising that every athlete must pass these health checks before competing.

Competitive vs. Non-competitive sports events

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From discussing the necessity of sports medical certificates, it naturally leads to the differentiation between competitive and non-competitive sports events. Both categories play significant roles in the sports world, each with distinct requirements and implications for athletes. Below is a detailed overview, presented in table format, to provide clarity on these two types of events.

AspectCompetitive Sports EventsNon-competitive Sports Events
DefinitionEvents where individuals or teams compete against each other, often with rankings or prizes.Events focused on participation, enjoyment, or fundraising, without the emphasis on winning.
ExamplesMarathons, triathlons, cycling races.Community fun runs, charity walks, recreational sports days.
Medical Certificate RequirementOften mandatory, especially in Europe, to ensure athlete’s fitness for the competition.Varies, but generally less strict. May still be required for insurance purposes.
FocusPerformance, endurance, and often skill level.Community involvement, enjoyment, and personal achievement.
PreparationIntensive training, often with professional guidance.Varied; some participants train, while others may join spontaneously.
Health and Safety MeasuresStrict, due to the higher risks associated with competitive intensity.Important, but tailored to a broader range of participant abilities.

This table illustrates the fundamental differences between competitive and non-competitive sports events, highlighting how each caters to different aspects of sporting engagement. One emphasizes the spirit of competition and the other the joy of participation. Regardless of the type, the focus on health and safety remains paramount, which makes obtaining a sports medical certificate an integral part of the preparation process.

Obtaining a Sports Medical Certificate

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Obtaining a sports medical certificate shows that you are fit to participate in sports events. You can easily get your certificate online and learn more about it here.

Your Options: Online vs Face-to-Face consultations

When choosing the right method to obtain a sports medical certificate, athletes have two main options: online or face-to-face consultations. Each has its unique pros and cons and can cater to different needs and preferences. Below is a comparative look at these options.

FeatureOnline ConsultationsFace-to-Face Consultations
ConvenienceHighly convenient, as it can be done from anywhere at any time, even without leaving your home. No reliance on appointment times of availability, as can be done 24/7. Requires physical presence, thus less convenient especially if travelling is needed. It also requires appointment scheduling and working around the availability of appointments. 
Time EfficiencyTakes approximately 10 minutes to complete the initial questionnaire.Time-consuming, considering the commute and waiting times.
InteractionCommunication is mostly via digital platforms. Direct, allowing for immediate feedback and clarifications.
AccessibilityEasily accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Dependent on the availability of medical professionals and proximity to facilities.
Suitability for Full DiagnosticsNot suitable for full diagnostic testing which may be needed for specific requirements.Ideal for situations where a comprehensive health screening is necessary.
Pricing OptionsMore cost-effective and affordable due to reduced overheads and streamlined process. Online sports medicals are usually significantly cheaper than in-person clinic appointments.Significantly more expensive, factoring in clinic operational costs and assessments. Face-to-face appointments usually start at £150 and can be as high as £500+ depending on extra tests.
Recommended forThose seeking quick, convenient certification for less both competitive and non-competitive events.Individuals requiring detailed health assessments or participating in high-risk sports or at the top level.

Choosing between online and face-to-face consultations boils down to personal needs, event requirements, and preference for convenience or comprehensive assessment.

Each method serves its purpose and can provide the necessary certification to participate in sports events. For many, the ease and speed of online services like Medical Cert’s platform make them a preferred choice, especially when time is of the essence, and affordability is important.

Next, we delve into the advantages of using Medical Cert’s online sports medical certificate service, highlighting why it stands out as a modern solution for athletes and organisers alike.

Advantages of Using Medical Cert’s Online Sports Medical Certificate Service

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After considering the options between online and face-to-face consultations, it’s clear that the process of obtaining a sports medical certificate has evolved. Medical Cert’s Online Sports Medical Certificate Service stands out as an efficient choice for athletes. This service provides numerous benefits that cater to the needs of participants in sports events. Here are the key advantages:

  1. Speedy service ensures participants receive their medical certificate within 24 hours, making last-minute submissions possible. 
  2. Avoids the need for face-to-face appointments, saving time and reducing hassle for athletes.
  3. Offers worldwide validity of certificates, allowing athletes to compete in international events without worry.
  4. Customisation of certificates to meet specific event requirements means athletes have one less thing to stress about.
  5. Access to our doctor via email gives peace of mind if further information is needed.

Each point underlines how Medical Cert’s service simplifies the process of getting a sports medical certificate. With these advantages, athletes can focus more on their training and less on paperwork.

Do NHS doctors issue sports medical certificates?

Sports medical assessments are not funded by the NHS, and therefore, most NHS services will not provide them. Occasionally, NHS GPs may be willing to sign certificates brought in by patients known to them. However, these are usually provided as an extra adjunct service that will incur a charge, as they are considered private services.

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Fitness to Participate Certificates and other names for sports medical certificate

“Fitness to Participate Certificates, also known as sports medical certificates, come with different names but serve the same crucial purpose for athletes.”

Benefits for Athletes and Organisers

Athletes and organisers gain much from sports medical certificates. These documents play a critical role in ensuring the safety and readiness of participants for various events. Here’s how both groups benefit:

  1. Safety Assurance: Athletes can rest assured that they are fit to take part in an event, reducing the risk of injuries or health issues during competitions.
  2. Streamlined Registration: For organisers, processing participants becomes smoother with uniform health clearance documentation.
  3. Quick Assessments: Athletes appreciate the swift online assessments, saving time and avoiding lengthy waiting periods.
  4. Worldwide Validity: Certificates obtained via Medical Cert UK have global recognition, allowing athletes to compete internationally without hassle.
  5. Health Overview: Bringing a summary of health records aids in providing doctors with a full picture of an athlete’s health status.
  6. Convenience: The option to obtain certificates online or face-to-face offers flexibility for athletes with different needs and schedules.
  7. Peace of Mind: Knowing their medical condition has been thoroughly assessed gives athletes confidence in their ability to compete safely.
  8. Efficiency for Organisers: Having a reliable process for verifying athlete fitness helps streamline event planning and execution.
  9. Enhanced Reputation: Events requiring medical certificates are often viewed as more prestigious and safer, attracting higher participation rates.
  10. Compliance with Regulations: In countries with strict rules on sports participation, having a medical certificate ensures compliance, avoiding legal issues for organisers.

Athletes get to focus on their performance while organisers can ensure the event runs smoothly and safely thanks to sports medical certificates.

How to Use Medical Cert’s Online Service

Using Medical Cert’s online sports medical service is straightforward and only takes 10 minutes.

E-Consultation Process

Getting a sports medical certificate online is easy and quick. Medical Cert’s innovative service streamlines the process for athletes.

  1. Athletes first complete the e-consultation form on the Medical Cert website. This includes a detailed online health screening and will require the athlete to upload a photo of their ID and include details of basic health metrics.
  2. After filling out the health form, participants pay a £55.00 fee using Card, Apple Pay, Google Pay, or PayPal. These payment methods ensures transactions are secure and swift.
  3. Once the consultation form is submitted, doctors review the provided health data to determine health suitability and fitness levels for specific events.
  4. If approved, doctors send the sports medical certificate directly to the athlete’s email inbox.
  5. Athletes can then download or print their certificates at any time, ready to present at sporting events.

Completing the e-consultation takes approximately 10 minutes, and doctors review information same day, making it an efficient way to obtain necessary certification for competitive sporting events.

Health Questionnaire

What information will I be asked as part of the health questionnaire?

This form is key for evaluating an athlete’s fitness for their sports event. It gathers necessary health information in a systematic way. Here’s what it involves:

  1. The form starts with basic personal information—name, age, and contact details.
  2. Users must then detail their medical history, including any past injuries or ongoing health issues.
  3. Questions about lifestyle and exercise habits come next. This includes questions about your training and how you are preparing for the event. This helps doctors understand the user’s level of physical activity.
  4. Users provide details of any medication they are currently taking, which could affect their performance or health during the event.
  5. There is a section dedicated to symptoms that might indicate underlying and undiagnosed health problems relevant to sporting activities.
  6. Family history of the athlete is taken into consideration.
  7. The last part of the questionnaire focuses on recent health changes or issues that might impact participation in the sport.
  8. Finally the participant has the opportunity to upload any specific forms they require, or enter any free text.

This structured approach ensures a thorough review by medical professionals, who use this information to determine if athletes are fit for their events.

Medical Professional Review

After completing the questionnaire, the next step involves a medical professional review. This stage is vital to ensure athletes meet all the health requirements for their specific sports event. Let’s explore what this process includes.

  1. Review of your answers – A qualified doctor examines the information provided in your questionnaire. They check for any health issues that might make participating in sports risky.
  2. Evaluation of medical history – The doctor looks at any past health conditions or injuries mentioned. This helps them understand your fitness level and any precautions they need to consider.
  3. Assessment of risk factors – If you’ve mentioned conditions like heart problems or high cholesterol, the doctor might suggest additional tests. 
  4. Final decision on fitness to participate – After considering all information and possibly recommending further tests, the medical professional decides if you’re fit to take part in your sports event.

Each step ensures athletes are safe to compete while also addressing any potential health risks. This thorough review benefits not only participants but also organisers by ensuring everyone involved meets necessary health standards.

Most common events requiring a sports medical certificate

Marathons and triathlons are just a few events where athletes must have a sports medical certificate. Explore more about these requirements to stay prepared for your next competition.

Schneider Electric Paris Marathon

The Paris Marathon is a major event that attracts runners from all over the world. Participants need a sports medical certificate to join. This rule ensures everyone is fit and safe to run in the marathon.

The certificate must be signed by a doctor and should not be older than one year before the race day.

Getting this medical certificate for the Paris Marathon can now be done online, making it easier for runners. They no longer need to stress about finding a doctor’s appointment last minute. This process helps them focus more on training and preparing for the big day in Paris.

Our e-consultation form includes questions about your training, as it is helpful for our doctors to know that athlete’s have been training appropriately for the Paris Marathon.

London Marathon

The London Marathon is a prestigious event that draws participants from all corners of the globe. Runners must have a valid and up-to-date medical certificate to join.

Medical certificates for sports secure a spot on the starting line, ensuring that each competitor is fit for the challenge ahead.

Securing a medical certificate for the London Marathon involves checking one’s health to match the demands of long-distance running. Athletes often turn to services like Medical Cert’s online platform for this purpose.

It streamlines obtaining necessary documentation without disrupting training schedules. Quick and convenient, these online verifications help runners focus on preparation rather than paperwork.


triathlon medical certificate

Triathlons stand out as dynamic sporting events that challenge participants across three different disciplines – swimming, cycling, and running.

These competitions demand not only physical endurance but also the ability to swiftly transition between activities, making them uniquely demanding on an athlete’s body. Due to their strenuous nature, triathlons are one of the most common events for which a sports medical certificate is essential.

This requirement ensures athletes are in suitable health to tackle such a comprehensive test of fitness.

To ensure safety during these endurance activities, cardiac baseline checks come highly recommended. These examinations help spot any underlying heart issues that could pose risks during high-intensity exercise like that involved in triathlon participation.

Acquiring a medical certificate for sports events like triathlons often includes assessments aimed at ensuring an athlete’s heart condition is up to the challenge. With both organiser and participant peace of mind as priorities, this step is crucial in promoting not just competitive spirit but also long-term health and wellbeing among athletes.

Cycling events

Long distance cycling events stand out as another arena where athletes face intense endurance challenges. Many European cycling competitions ask riders to show a doctor’s medical certificate.

This ensures they are fit for the rigours of the race. Italian races go a step further, demanding specific tests and legally signed certificates to meet their strict health safety standards.

Athletes planning to join these events should have baseline cardiac checks for safety. It’s wise to share event details with your doctor ahead of time, along with any relevant health history.

Also, avoid heavy exercise right before your check-up to ensure accurate blood pressure readings. This preparation helps both seasoned cyclists and newcomers alike secure the necessary clearance swiftly and safely.

Other running and endurance events

Many running and endurance events around Europe ask runners to show a doctor’s medical certificate. This is true for races like the Medoc Marathon, Marathon de Sables, L’Etape du Tour, and La Marmotte.

These certificates prove you are fit to join in these challenges.

For those who want to take part in triathlons or other long-distance races in France or Italy, having a valid medical certificate is a must. This rule helps make sure all participants can safely handle the physical demands of these events.


Cost and Availability

Exploring the cost and where you can find these services makes it easy for everyone to get a sports medical certificate quickly.

Pricing Options

Exploring the various pricing options for obtaining an online sports medical certificate reveals a straightforward approach. The fee for the online health screening form is set at £55.00, inclusive of VAT. This cost-effective fee ensures wide accessibility for athletes requiring certification for their events. Notably, should the reviewing doctor determine that an athlete does not meet the health criteria for participation, the service does not charge a fee for the certificate issuance. Here is a breakdown of the costs associated with obtaining a sports medical certificate through our online service:

Online Health Screening Form

£55.00 (VAT included)

Non Certificate Issuance (if not fit)No charge (full refund)

This pricing structure aims to ensure fairness and transparency, offering a straightforward pathway for athletes to secure the necessary medical clearance. The absence of hidden costs supports a trust-building process between the service provider and the users, fostering a positive and supportive environment for athletes preparing for competitive or non-competitive events.

Availability in London and wider Country

London offers multiple options for obtaining a sports medical certificate, however outside of London and other big cities it can be hard to find a sports medical clinic.

For those preferring online solutions, Medical Cert provides digital services to secure a sports medical certificate with ease. This cuts down on waiting times often seen with traditional doctor appointments and is accessible to anyone living anywhere.

Both methods ensure participants are ready for events like marathons or cycling races without delay. Options in London cater to different needs, whether one prefers an in-person visit or the convenience of an online platform.

Benefits of Using Medical Cert’s Online Service

Using Medical Cert’s online service makes getting a sports medical certificate quick and easy, saving you time and hassle.

Extra tests required by Italian law for medical sports certification

Italian regulations are strict about medical sports certification. Athletes aiming to participate in events must meet specific health criteria. This includes several tests to ensure their safety during competitions. Here’s a breakdown of the extra tests mandated by Italian law:

  1. Resting ECG: Doctors perform this test to check the heart’s electrical activity at rest. It helps identify various heart conditions that might not show symptoms but pose risks during physical exertion.
  2. Stress ECG: Unlike the resting ECG, this test monitors the heart while under stress, often on a treadmill or stationary bike. It assesses how well the heart copes with increased activity levels.
  3. Spirometry: This lung function test measures how much and how quickly an athlete can move air in and out of their lungs. It helps detect breathing problems that could impair athletic performance or increase risk during sports activities.

These tests are essential for athletes’ safety, especially those participating in endurance activities such as marathons and cycling events. They provide crucial information about an athlete’s health status and readiness for competition, aligning with recommendations to have cardiac baseline checks before partaking in strenuous sports activities.

Where to get a Resting ECG, a Stress ECG, and Spirometry done

Athletes need specific health checks to ensure their safety during events. These tests include Resting ECG, Stress ECG, and Spirometry. They check heart health and lung function. Let’s discuss where these can be performed.

  1. Sports Specialist’s Office – A sports medicine specialist or a cardiologist can perform Resting ECG, Stress ECG, and Spirometry tests. They have the necessary tools and knowledge to assess athletes’ health accurately.
  2. Hospitals – Many hospitals have sports medicine departments that offer these tests. They provide comprehensive care with access to advanced medical equipment.
  3. Private Clinics – Several private clinics specialise in sports medicine and offer these examinations. They might provide quicker appointments compared to public healthcare options.
  4. Diagnostic Centres – These are dedicated centres that focus on diagnostic tests, including those required by athletes for medical certificates. Athletes can upload the results of these tests to the Medical Cert platform for review.
  5. University Medical Facilities – Some universities with large sports programmes have medical facilities that can conduct these tests for students and professional athletes.

It doesn’t matter where you have these tests done, or whether they were done for another purpose. If you have these tests dated within 12 months, then simply upload the results to the Medical Cert platform for review.

Each option has professionals who understand the needs of athletes competing in marathons such as the Paris Marathon or various triathlons and cycling events. Before participating in competitive sports activities, undergoing cardiac baseline checks is recommended for all athletes’ safety.

Sports we cannot provide a medical certificate for

There are certain sports for which we cannot issue a medical certificate. This is mainly due to specific requirements or risks linked with these activities.

  1. Aviation Sports: These include activities like paragliding, hang gliding, and powered flying. The high risks and special medical checks needed make it impossible for us to offer certificates.
  2. Skydiving Events: Due to the extreme risk involved and the need for an in-depth health assessment to ensure safety during such high-adrenaline activity, we can’t provide certificates.
  3. Scuba Diving Events: Scuba diving requires a detailed examination by doctors trained in underwater medicine, looking at lung function and the risk of decompression sickness.
  4. Driving Medicals: Since driving assessments must consider vision, reaction times, and other specific health criteria, our service doesn’t cover them.
  5. Olympic or Other Extreme Competitive Sports: The level of fitness required and potential health risks mean that participants need thorough checks by specialists familiar with the demands of such sports.

Medical Cert UK does not perform screening assessments for these events due to their high-risk nature and the specialised medical evaluations needed. If any abnormalities or increased health risks are found during an exam for other types of sports, doctors will not certify fitness to participate.

Why Use Medical Cert’s Online Sports Medical Certificate Service

Online Sports Medical Certificates from Medical Cert make life simpler for athletes. They cut down waiting times and the stress of visiting a doctor. Athletes can easily get what they need to join events like marathons and triathlons without hassle.

This service is quick, safe, and recognised worldwide, making it perfect for sports lovers everywhere. Choosing Medical Cert means choosing ease, speed, and reliability for your sporting adventures.

Here is a list of common events we offer medical letters for:

Marrekesh Marathon 

Date: January 28, 2024
The Marrekesh Marathon takes place in the vibrant city of Marrakesh, Morocco. Known for its scenic route through historic streets and beautiful gardens, this marathon attracts runners from around the globe. Participants enjoy the blend of modern and traditional Moroccan culture.

Barcelona Marathon

Date: March 10, 2024
The Barcelona Marathon offers a picturesque route through one of Spain’s most iconic cities. Runners pass famous landmarks like La Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, experiencing the vibrant Catalan culture and stunning architecture.

Istanbul Marathon

Date: November 3, 2024
The Istanbul Marathon is unique as it spans two continents, starting in Asia and finishing in Europe. This marathon takes runners across the Bosphorus Bridge, offering breathtaking views of Istanbul’s historic sites and modern skyline.

Manchester Marathon

Date: April 7, 2024
The Manchester Marathon is one of the UK’s largest and flattest marathons, making it perfect for those seeking a personal best. The course winds through the vibrant streets of Manchester, showcasing the city’s rich industrial heritage and lively atmosphere.

London Marathon

Date: April 21, 2024
The London Marathon is one of the world’s premier running events. Starting in Greenwich and finishing at The Mall, runners pass iconic landmarks such as the Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace, experiencing the unparalleled energy of London’s supportive crowds.

Milano Marathon

Date: April 7, 2024
The Milano Marathon takes runners through the heart of Italy’s fashion capital. The flat and fast course highlights Milan’s blend of historical sites and modern architecture, making it a favorite for both elite athletes and amateur runners.

Birmingham 10k

Date: May 5, 2024
The Birmingham 10k is a popular event that welcomes runners of all abilities. The route showcases the vibrant city center, including landmarks like the Bullring and Victoria Square, making it a great race for those looking to explore Birmingham on foot.

Leeds Half Marathon

Date: May 12, 2024
The Leeds Half Marathon is one of the biggest charity road races in Yorkshire. The course takes runners through the city’s bustling streets and scenic suburbs, with plenty of enthusiastic support from local residents.

Paris Olympics Mass Marathon

Date: August 11, 2024
As part of the Paris 2024 Olympics, the Mass Marathon allows everyday runners to follow in the footsteps of Olympic athletes. The route highlights Paris’s most famous sites, including the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Élysées, in a celebration of global sportsmanship.

Shrewsbury Metric Half Marathon

Date: June 16, 2024
The Shrewsbury Metric Half Marathon features a scenic route through the historic market town of Shrewsbury. Participants enjoy views of the River Severn and charming medieval streets, making it a delightful race for all levels of runners.

Colwyn Bay Metric Marathon

Date: September 8, 2024
The Colwyn Bay Metric Marathon offers a picturesque route along the North Wales coast. Runners enjoy stunning sea views and the fresh coastal air, making it a refreshing and invigorating race experience.

Maratona dles Dolomites

Date: July 7, 2024
The Maratona dles Dolomites is a prestigious cycling race through the breathtaking Dolomite Mountains in Italy. With multiple route options, this event challenges cyclists with its steep climbs and spectacular alpine scenery.

Ironman Venice

Date: October 6, 2024
The Ironman Venice is a grueling triathlon that tests the endurance of athletes with a swim in the Venetian Lagoon, a bike ride through the scenic Veneto region, and a marathon run that finishes in the historic city of Venice.

Xterra Greece Full Distance Aquathlon

Date: May 26, 2024
The Xterra Greece Full Distance Aquathlon combines swimming and running in the stunning coastal and mountainous terrain of Vouliagmeni, Greece. Athletes tackle a challenging course with open water swims and trail runs.

Castle Race Series Chateau de Chantilly

Date: August 25, 2024
The Castle Race Series at Chateau de Chantilly offers a variety of races in the picturesque grounds of this historic French chateau. Participants can choose from triathlons, aquathlons, and running events, all set against a stunning backdrop.

Otillo Swimrun Engadin Experience

Date: July 14, 2024
The Otillo Swimrun Engadin Experience takes place in the breathtaking Engadin Valley of Switzerland. Athletes tackle multiple swim and run segments through crystal-clear alpine lakes and rugged mountain trails, making it a true endurance test.

Castle Race Series Belvoir Castle Sprint Aquathlon

Date: July 21, 2024
Set in the beautiful grounds of Belvoir Castle in England, this sprint aquathlon includes a swim in the castle’s lake followed by a run through its scenic estate. It’s perfect for both novice and seasoned athletes.

Henley Swim Half Marathon

Date: July 13, 2024
The Henley Swim Half Marathon is an open water swim event along the iconic Henley Royal Regatta course on the River Thames. This challenging swim offers participants the unique experience of racing in a world-renowned rowing venue.

Otillo Swimrun Sprint Final

Date: September 30, 2024
The Otillo Swimrun Sprint Final in the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden, is a shorter version of the classic swimrun race. Athletes navigate between islands, alternating between running and swimming in a stunning natural environment.

Henley Swim

Date: July 13, 2024
The Henley Swim offers a series of open water swimming events on the River Thames. With races catering to all levels, participants enjoy the historic and scenic surroundings of Henley-on-Thames, known for its rowing heritage.

Nice 70.3

Date: September 8, 2024
The Nice 70.3 is a half-Ironman triathlon featuring a challenging course along the French Riviera. Athletes swim in the Mediterranean, cycle through the scenic hinterland, and run along Nice’s famous Promenade des Anglais.

Cap d’Ail Triathlon

Date: June 16, 2024
The Cap d’Ail Triathlon in the French Riviera combines a sea swim, a hilly bike course, and a run along the stunning coastline. This triathlon offers participants a mix of challenging terrain and beautiful Mediterranean views.

Lost Dot Assured Cycling Race

Date: July 20, 2024
The Lost Dot Assured Cycling Race is an ultra-distance cycling event that challenges riders with long, self-supported stages through varied and often remote terrain. It’s a true test of endurance and navigation skills.

OCR European Championship

Date: June 29, 2024
The OCR European Championship is the pinnacle of obstacle course racing in Europe. Held in various challenging terrains, this event pushes athletes to their limits with demanding obstacles and intense physical challenges.

Medoc Marathon

Date: September 7, 2024
The Medoc Marathon in France is famous for its festive atmosphere and unique theme. Runners pass through scenic vineyards and chateaux, enjoying wine tastings and gourmet food along the way, making it a truly unique marathon experience.

Marathon pour tous

Date: March 17, 2024
The Marathon pour tous in Paris offers a unique opportunity for amateur runners to experience a marathon on part of the Olympic marathon course. This inclusive event celebrates fitness and community spirit, welcoming runners of all abilities.

Biarritz Marathon

Date: October 20, 2024
The Biarritz Marathon takes runners through the picturesque coastal town of Biarritz, France. The route offers stunning ocean views and challenging hills, making it a memorable and scenic marathon experience.

Triathlon Brugge

Date: June 30, 2024
The Triathlon Brugge in Belgium is a popular event featuring a swim in the city’s canals, a bike ride through the scenic Flemish countryside, and a run through Brugge’s historic streets. This triathlon combines athletic challenge with cultural heritage.

Paris Marathon

Date: April 7, 2024
The Paris Marathon is one of the world’s largest and most scenic marathons. The route takes runners through the heart of the City of Light, passing iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Champs-Élysées. The combination of beautiful views and vibrant Parisian culture makes this marathon a bucket-list event for runners worldwide.

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