The Royal Society of Medicine (London) hosted a conference on sports medicine, ethics, and law last night (Jan 11, 2011). Before punsters start with the ‘I thought that was a contradiction in terms’, this fascinating meeting brought debate about:
- the ethics of taping a ‘non-injury’ so as this obvious decoy would draw tackles away from a truly injured (and untaped part) and also,
- legal interpretation of common sports medicine behaviours.
Do coaches know that every time they discuss a player’s injury – without getting a player’s approval first, counts as a violation of the code of confidentiality between the player and his or her medical team?
A timely issue is the treatment of Steph Brennan – our spy at the RSM event understands that his blight on the profession was to to provide a fake blood vial (as in the films/movies) to a player to permit a convenient exit stage left for that player given that Rugby does not have in interchange system.
Brennan was deregistered for life for this – which to this editor seems a penalty way too steep for the crime. Brennan’s appeal to higher courts is decided this Friday. He’s done his time, he’s learned his lesson – let the man walk free.
See the related BMJ editorial (note that you have to scroll down to page 4 of the 6 page BMJ PDF please)
Please post your comments below – this is not a black and white case is it?