There is a belief that Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) is a unique aspect of medical practice because sports physicians care for elite athletes and athletes are different. This situation can result in the use of use unproven therapies which are then justified on the basis that elite athletes need to be at the ‘cutting edge’ of medical treatment in order to return to play as rapidly as possible. In more established fields of medicine, the use of such unproven therapy would lead to considerable professional criticism. (1)
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