Players’ safety must come first in professional sport, says CSP

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has responded to criticism of health professionals at Chelsea Football Club by stressing that player safety should always come first.


Player safety must always be paramount

Karen Middleton, Chief Executive of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, said:

“Player safety must always be paramount, regardless of the scoreline or the time left in the game.

Physiotherapists and other health professionals, like Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn, working in sport do an important job under intense pressure.

They are employed to make professional judgements about the most appropriate action to take when an injury, or suspected injury, occurs and deliver the best possible care to players.

Ultimately, it is in the interests of managers, clubs and fans that the welfare of players comes first.’


Note to editors

1. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the UK’s professional, educational and trade union body. We have more than 53,000 members, including chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and support workers.

2. For further information about the CSP please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 1111, email

Out of hours please call Jon Ryan, head of press and PR, on 07917 091200, or Ben Wealthy, senior media advisor, on 07771 765172, or John Millington, PR and social media officer, on 07766 994141.

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