Medical Provision in English Professional Football: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By Dominic Malcolm, Andrea Scott, Ivan Waddington Imagine you run a business in which employees are routinely paid hundreds of thousands of pounds per week. You have restricted periods when you can ‘buy’ these employees, often for millions of pounds. Yet your industry has a workplace injury rate 2000 times higher than the UK average. […]

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Transfer Deadline Day in Football: A look beyond the camera lens, into the medical room

Undergraduate perspective on Sports & Exercise Medicine – a BJSM blog series By Steffan Griffin (@lifestylemedic) 2300 GMT on the second of February marked the transfer deadline close in England and Wales. It signalled the end of a panic-ridden dash to snap up the athletes required to make a run for the top-spot. The £45 million […]

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Trust me, I’m a football doc – What do they think of us?

Undergraduate perspective on Sports & Exercise Medicine – a BJSM blog series By Dr. Natalie Shur (@NatalieShur) The Royal Society of Medicine’s new meeting “Football Medicine: A matter of perspective”, featured a star-studded line-up of individuals involved in professional football. It was not just an opportunity for audience members to directly ask players, coaches and media […]

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Football Medicine in England: A personal perspective on protocols, standards, and moving the field forward

By Dr. Michael Stone, Chief Medical Officer, Birmingham City Football Club I am fortunate to have worked within elite sport since 1994 – the majority of this time within football. Experiences and observations from my longstanding involvement in football influence my personal views on the practice of Sports Medicine both within football, and comparatively to […]

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The Role of the Tunnel Doctor in Football: An experience in the Premier League

  By Raj Subbu, Clinical Research Fellow in Trauma and Orthopaedics/ Sports Medicine /Tunnel Doctor Fulham FC ‘The role of the tunnel doctor is to provide extra medical assistance in managing acute medical or surgical emergencies and injuries for the home and away medical staff on match-days. This ensures a high standard of medical care is maintained for all […]

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Michael Owen: An interview with England’s most feared footballer of his generation

This interview was originally published in 2013 in the Aspetar Sports Medicine Journal and is reproduced with the kind permission of Aspetar – Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital.  Interview by Dr Ian McGuiness The most feared English player of his generation and the youngest to be capped by his country in 100 years, Michael Owen […]

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Isokinetic “Football Medicine Strategies” Conference – Bringing the Football Medicine Family Together

Undergraduate perspective on Sports & Exercise Medicine – a BJSM blog series By Daniel Broman (@Daniel_Broman) The Isokinetic Medical Group is an internationally recognised leader in the fields of sports injury treatment, orthopaedic rehabilitation and medical research. The Education and Research Department at Isokinetic, led by Dr. Sergio Roi, is well known and respected world-wide. In […]

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The FA Medical Masterclass in Disability Football: highlights from the expert presentations

By Liam West (@Liam_West)       The first Football Association (@FA) Medical Masterclass in Disability Football meeting at @StGeorgesPark was a resounding success. It showcased both homegrown talents and imported experts; speaker profiles are available here. Dr. Richard Weiler and Dr Osman Ahmed (@osmanhahmed) hosted the day. Summary of key take home messages: Introduction to […]

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FIFA 11 For Health reaching out to 4,000 children in Brazil

Originally posted on FIFA.com FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke was joined by Brazilian Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo and Brazil 2014 Organising Committee (LOC) Management Board member Ronaldo in Cuiaba on Wednesday, as he witnessed the roll-out of a “FIFA 11 For Health” project with 24 students from the Maria Ambrosio Pommot Municipal School. It […]

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Concussion, risk assessment, and practical steps to reform: Learning from the Hugo Lloris example

By Dr. John Orchard (@DrJohnOchard) Another month in professional sport and we have another (few) concussion management controversies in multiple sports and multiple countries. Although we respect the fundamentals of the original van Mechelen injury prevention paradigm [1] it is clearer than ever that “real-world implementation” is at least half the battle [2]. This BJSM […]

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