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Letters Bad medicine: sports medicine

Leon Creaney responds to Des Spence

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 03 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2572
  1. Leon Creaney, consultant in sport and exercise medicine1
  1. 1Bridgewater Hospital, Manchester M15 5AT, UK
  1. leoncreaney{at}

Throughout his article entitled “Bad medicine: sports medicine,” Spence criticises global corporations making footwear and sports drinks, sports scientists, athletes and coaches, physiotherapists, podiatrists, and sports surgeons, but nowhere does he consider sports medicine itself.1 To label sports medicine as bad medicine is wildly inaccurate when much of current sports medicine practice has been ignored.

Sport and exercise medicine was established as the newest medical specialty in the UK in 2005 by parliament, has a faculty in the Royal College of Physicians of London, as well as a curriculum approved by the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians’ Training Board and General Medical Council, with 64 specialist trainees in training …

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