Fulham’s Club Doctor, Dr Stephen Lewis (left) looks on as Fulham’s John Pantisll (centre) and Paul Konchesky (right) walk out onto the pitch
Everton’s Club Doctor Ian Irving (right) checks the head cut to Tim Cahill after he picks up an injury.
Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney is seen by Club doctor Steve McNally (left) for an injury.
MEDICINE AND FOOTBALL
Medicine is the science of healing and is concerned with the practice of diagnosis, treatment and the prevention of disease and the general promotion of health.
A doctor is a professional who promotes, maintains, and restores the health of patients. The main activities of a general doctor/physician are to examine patients and record their clinical histories, order clinical lab test, prescribe and administer medications and treatments or, in some cases, refer the patients to specialists and other healthcare providers. The work of a doctor can be physically and emotionally stressful but on the other hand a career as a doctor can be very rewarding.
Pursuing the career path of a doctor involves years of intensive study and training; Medical students initially take an undergraduate course leading to a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery that can take five to six years.
- Minimum AAA
- Biology and Chemistry essential A2 Level
Principle roles & responsibilities within Professional Football
In the football environment Doctors work as part of a multidisciplinary team working on a range of issues such as dealing with players who are injured, as well as preventing injury in the first place.
They may also be involved in:
- Implementation of protocols such as medicines management policy
- Providing match day medical cover for first team games both home and away, which would require travel with the team
- implementing internal CPD practice for the department
- Undertaking medical screening in on both current players and potential signings
- Assessing, diagnosing and formulating appropriate treatment plans for musculoskeletal and medical conditions
- Ensuring accurate recording of medical records
- The development and implementation of medical best practice policies and procedures relating to the medical care across the club
- Ensuring equipment is maintained to safe and effective standards
- Ensuring that player’s cardiac screening is up to date and protocols are put in place to provide regular screening of players
- The medical budget for the department and also of the club’s health care scheme and provide regular updates to the board on the cost’s incurred
In order to prepare yourself for a career in Professional Football you must:
- Be registered with The General Medical Council
- Be qualified in Sport and Exercise medicine (SEM) or equivalent
- Be qualified in Musculoskeletal Medicine, or can demonstrate significant musculoskeletal experience
- Have an FA AREA qualification (or equivalent) within the last 3 years
- Be a member or Fellow of Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine
- Current CRB clearance
- Experience of working within elite sport (Preferably football) would be an advantage.
- Understanding of and compliance with The FA Anti-Doping Regulations and the WADA List of Prohibited Substances
The FMA also highly recommends;
- Membership of the FMA. This demonstrates a desire to engage with and network with professional colleagues in the game and to keep up to date with the very latest in the industry via our website, forum, magazine and annual Conference
- Have a clear understanding of the WADA anti-doping code
- Fulfil a programme of continued professional development
- Flexibility and able to work weekends
- Full driving licence
- Experience and competency in basic MSK injection therapy and diagnostic ultrasound
- FMA course “Preparing for a career in Professional Football” (click here for more information)