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The case of Dr Chapman, the match doctor for Harlequins rugby club,
the important question of medical professionalism in an elite sports team,
the dilemmas a team doctor faces.
Sports and Exercise Medicine is now recognised as a speciality.
produced through the new training scheme will have a clear professional
rather than the present more informal volunteer role, which can still
some professional sports teams.
The importance of keeping a distance between the doctor and the team to
maintain objective medical professionalism should be a key element of the
syllabus for diplomas and master degrees. Anyone wishing to work as a
doctor should be encouraged to undertake this training, not only to
their skills, but to reiterate the legal and ethical aspects of Sports