Premier league doctorBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/sbmj.0407286 (Published 01 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:0407286
- Ellen Welch, final year medical student1,
- Sara Kelly, third year medical student1
- 1University of Liverpool School of Medicine, Liverpool
As a school kid, seeing classmates with their wrists in plaster and knees in support bandages following an over-enthusiastic game of football, you might have presumed that most doctors spend most of their time dealing with the breaks and sprains of sporting injuries. The reality couldn't be more different. Since sports medicine is not yet recognised by the royal colleges as a specialty in its own right in the United Kingdom, few doctors practise it on a full time basis.1
Hopefully, this is set to change over the next few years, as politicians are starting to listen to the sports doctors' campaign. As an increasing number of professional sports teams are demanding specialist medical care--evident from the establishment of centres of excellence around the country--a specialty that was once little more than a part time “hobby” is set to become a bona fide career in its own right.
How it kicked off
Mike Stone, team doctor at Manchester United Football Club, is one of the few doctors in the United Kingdom who has made a career out of sports medicine. “There are not that many full time sports medicine doctors about,” says Mike, who has been full time club doctor with Manchester United for nearly five years now. “Since there's no specific career path you can follow at the …