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Chartered Society of Physiotherapy condemns 'old boy network' in football

5 July 2005 - 9:10am

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy calls for more careful appointment of doctors and physiotherapists within football.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has issued a statement supporting the call for more careful appointment of doctors and physiotherapists within football.

An article to be published tomorrow in the British Journal of Sports Medicine will claim that the medical care of professional footballers is being compromised by the appointment methods and inadequate qualifications of club doctors and physiotherapists.

Pen Robinson, CSP director of Professional Affairs, said: 'We wholeheartedly condemn the practice within football, of offering jobs to either doctors or physiotherapists simply because they are friends with those in power.

'It is horrifying that many clubs, who invest huge amounts of money in players, are still failing to ensure they receive proper medical care.

'Physiotherapy is still not a protected title, and many people are appointed to these posts without the proper training.

'Many chartered physiotherapists have specialist training in sports medicine and all of them have successfully completed an intensive degree course, including more than 1,000 hours of clinical practice. All sports people deserve access to the expertise gained through this rigorous training.'

The Football Association has recognised the value of employing chartered physiotherapists as a way of raising standards. As a result of joint working with the CSP, the FA now insists that all physiotherapists working with Premiership players are chartered.

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