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The football club doctor system
  1. S Boyce
  1. Accident and Emergency Department Crosshouse Hospital Kilmarnock, Scotland, UK

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Editor,—I read with interest the paper by Waddington et al1 highlighting the inadequacies of the football club doctor system in Britain. This paper confirms the situation that many people already knew to exist.Br J Sports Med 2001;35:281–284

Advertisements for club doctors are rarely published in medical journals, doctors normally being appointed on a “who you know” basis. It is also particularly disappointing that, at a time when the specialty of sports and exercise medicine is being established in this country, the majority of doctors working with professional footballers have no qualifications or little experience in the specialty. However, this is not confined to football clubs and probably also applies to rugby clubs and many other sporting associations.

One aspect not mentioned in the paper is medical litigation. It is to be hoped that doctors involved with football …

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