One of the critical factors in the development of the Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) as a distinct discipline has been the performance and publication of peer-reviewed academic research. The result of this work is an extensive and growing cross-disciplinary knowledge base that informs treating clinicians, public policy and research practice and, more importantly, contributes to enhanced patient outcomes. Since the inception of the College, the Board and Fellowship through the Training Committee have emphasised the need for all Registrars to complete an original research project as a core element of their postgraduate SEM training.

Registrars must satisfactorily complete all aspects of the Research Requirements outlined by the ACSEP throughout the duration of their training program. If research is conducted prior to the Registrar's selection into the training program, there may be scope to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. 

The ACSEP has an active Research Committee who are constantly working on up to date scientific research in the Sport and Exercise Medicine field. They are also the scientific guardians of the College and are responsible for review and endorsement of all Position Statements produced by the College as well as  scientific statements referred to the College by external stakeholders for endorsement and ultimately Board approval.