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Sports and exercise physicians as medical assessors
  1. Chris Milne1,
  2. Peter Harcourt2,
  3. David Bolzonello3
  1. 1Anglesea Sports Medicine, Hamilton, New Zealand
  2. 2Victorian Institute of Sport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  3. 3Alphington Sports Medicine Clinic, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Chris Milne, Anglesea Sports Medicine, PO Box 228, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand; chris{at}angleseaphysioandsports.co.nz

Abstract

Objective To clarify the role of sports and exercise physicians as medical assessors.

Methods Group discussion between senior doctors at a previous annual conference of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians, followed by further discussion between the authors. Clarification of the key requirements of insurers, and formulation of practical advice for those performing this work.

Results Our expertise in performing medical assessments for the purpose of fitness to play sport is a transferable skill. It can also be used to provide medical assessments for injured workers. Our expertise in rehabilitation is also of value to insurers and other interested parties.

Conclusion The work is both challenging and rewarding, and can provide additional variety in the working week.

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