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Footballers' Wives: CSP sets record straight about physios working in football

5 July 2005 - 9:10am

Message to members and the general public regarding the forthcoming series of Footballers' Wives

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has been made aware of storylines involving a female physiotherapist in the forthcoming series of Footballers' Wives.

We would like to make it clear to our members and the public in general that the portrayal of this character is in no way based on CSP advice.

The Society works hard to ensure that the physiotherapy profession is represented accurately on television and has worked with a number of production companies in recent months to advise on plot lines involving physiotherapists.

While we appreciate that Footballers' Wives is a lighthearted, character-based drama series, we were disappointed not to have been contacted by their researchers for advice about the reality of working as a physiotherapist to a football club.

Sammy Margo is a CSP member and former physio to Barnet FC. Speaking about her time in professional football and her thoughts on the series, she said:

'Working as a physio in professional football can be a glamorous career, but not for the reasons suggested by the TV show Footballers' Wives.

'As a club physiotherapist, you are presented with many exciting professional opportunities - such as liaising with the management side over team selection and travelling as part of the squad. It is a shame that the show has decided not to focus on the reality of the job, which is to play a central role in managing and preventing injuries among players.'

To help people understand what club physiotherapists really do, the CSP has compiled a list of facts about physios working in professional football.

1. Becoming a chartered physiotherapist requires successful completion of an intensive degree course, including more than 1,000 hours of clinical practice. Many chartered physiotherapists who go on to build a career in professional football attend post-graduate courses in sports physiotherapy and sports medicine.

2. Football club physiotherapists play a key role in the management and prevention of injuries among players. They attend training sessions, deliver pre-match preparation including taping and massage, offer match-side support - including emergency management of acute injuries, and advise the club manager about which players are fit for selection.

3. A career as a physiotherapist in professional football can be very high profile and CSP members occupying these roles understand that they are often seen as role models by people hoping to enter the physiotherapy profession. They therefore strive to maintain exceptionally high standards of professional care and behaviour.

4. The Football Association recognises 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.

5. Chartered physiotherapists working in football and across all areas of the profession follow a strict code of professional conduct and risk being struck off if they fail to maintain professional relationships with their clients at all times.

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For more information please contact the CSP Press Office - 020 7306 6616 /28

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the country's 42,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants.

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