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Chartered physiotherapists respond to report on standards of medical care for professional footballers

5 July 2005 - 9:10am

A new report calling for better standards of medical care for professional footballers has been welcomed by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

The report criticises the standards of care and medical treatment available for players and reveals that half of all club physiotherapists are not chartered.
Phil Gray, chief executive of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy said:

"Some clubs are investing huge amounts of money in players but failing to invest in proper medical care. We have campaigned long and hard on this issue and the FA has recognised the value of employing chartered physiotherapists for Premiership teams. We would like to see this approach extended throughout the league."

The report recommends that qualification as a chartered physiotherapists should be essential for the post of club physiotherapist.

Phil Gray said:

"Many chartered physiotherapists have specialist training in sports medicine and all of them have successfully completed a three or four-year degree course, including more than 1,000 hours of clinical practice. The CSP believes that all players deserve access to the expertise gained through this rigorous training."

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Notes to editors

The report, "Managing injuries in professional football: a study of he roles of the club doctor and physiotherapist", was commissioned by the Professional Footballers' Association. It was prepared by Ivan Waddington and Martin Roderick of the University of Leicester and Graham Parker of Coventry Business School. For enquiries about the report contact the Centre for Research into Sport and Society at the University of Leicester on 0116 252 5939.

Physiotherapy is the fourth largest health profession in the country and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK's 35,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants.

For more information, please contact the CSP press office on 020 7306 6616 / 28

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