New association gives football physios a voice

Physios working in professional football could benefit from support and representation, following the launch of the League Medical Association (LMedA). 

The organisation has been set up by physiotherapist Eamonn Salmon, pictured, who previously worked for Manchester City.

‘We aim to represent and give a voice to all medical personnel in professional league football, including physiotherapists,’ said Mr Salmon. ‘We also want to provide a pathway into professional sport for practitioners who aren’t involved in the game but would like to be.’

LMedA members will receive primary notification of employment opportunities via a ‘Jobline’ alert system, run in conjunction with head physios and administrators from football clubs.

‘Professional sport is different to working in a hospital. The working environment isn’t just the clinical side there’s also an enormous extended role to the job,’ says Mr Salmon.

The CSP welcomed the move, recognising that physios working in professional football face specific challenges.

But Natalie Beswetherick, CSP director of practice and development warned against duplicating services provided by the society:

‘Not only do our members have a comprehensive package of professional liability insurance, they have support from the professional advisory service and access to the professional network, the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine, for a range of education and CPD opportunities.’

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