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Letters Ethics in sports medicine

Editorial was wide of the mark

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 23 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5590
  1. Nicholas Peirce, chief medical officer, England and Wales Cricket Board1,
  2. Simon Till, ECB medical panel and consultant in rheumatology and sports/exercise medicine2,
  3. Mark Wotherspoon, ECB medical panel and sports physician3,
  4. Mike Stone, ECB medical panel and sports physician3
  1. 1National Cricket Performance Centre, University of Loughborough, Loughborough LE11 3TU
  2. 2Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield S10 2JF
  3. 3English Institute of Sport, Manchester
  1. nick.peirce{at}

    Holm and McNamee acknowledge that sport and exercise medicine is littered with ethical dilemmas—especially in elite sport—but they seem not to appreciate that specialists in sport medicine are highly experienced and skilled.1 Although they identify several pressures arising from athletes, coaches, agents, families, and even sometimes other medical practitioners, they do not recognise that these pressures are …

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