CHISM is a unique centre for sports medicine, research, education and exercise for kids.

Physical activity is vital for the health and wellbeing of our children. The Childrens Hospital Institute of Sports Medicine (CHISM), which is part of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, provides:

Nationally approved education and training programs

Seminars, courses and conferences are regularly held which contribute to appropriate qualifications for fitness professionals, coaches, teachers, physiotherapists, doctors and the general public.

Paediatric Sports Medicine Clinics

Regular clinics are conducted where children with sports injuries or musculoskeletal conditions are diagnosed and rehabilitated. Children who suffer sports injuries have very special needs which are different from adults with sports injuries and our clinics address this difference. This service is bulk billed, allowing easy access for parents and children.

Exercise Prescription

Kids with special needs, due to illness and disability, have the right to participate in physical activity. CHISM works with many different partners to provide tailor-made exercise programs for children in different settings such as pre-schools, after school care centres and commercial fitness and leisure centres. It also provides direction for the development of safe exercise for children with disabilities and chronic illnesses such as cystic fibrosis, asthma, spina bifida and ADHD.

Sargents Paediatric Fitness Assessment Centre

At the Sargents fitness assessment centre of CHISM muscle strength and cardiorespiratory fitness in children are measured. These measurements can be made as a baseline to guide exercise prescription, with follow-up testing to determine response to training programs.


CHISM is active in research that focuses on paediatric obesity, sporting injuries, injury surveillance and the effects of exercise on the muscle and bone structures of children.

The Children’s Hospital Institute of Sports Medicine (CHISM) was established in 1995 as part of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.