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Sports and exercise medicine – new specialists or snake oil salesmen?
  1. Paul McCrory1,*,
  2. Andrew Franklyn-Miller2,
  3. John Etherington2
  1. 1 University of Melbourne, Australia;
  2. 2 Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, United Kingdom
  1. Correspondence to: Paul McCrory, Centre for Health, Exercise & Sports Medicine, University of Melbourne, P O Box 93, SHOREHAM, Melbourne, 3916, Australia; p.mccrory{at}


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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