Metatarsals and magic sponges: English football and the development of sports medicine.

Date

2007-05

Advisors

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

ISSN

0094-1700

DOI

Volume Title

Publisher

North American Society for Sport History

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

This article looks at the development of sports medicine within Britain using professional soccer as a case study. It explores the relationship between sport and medicine within wider society and argues that a cultural resistance, based on the persistence of a voluntary tradition and an amateur ethos, largely shaped the evolution of sports medicine. Footballers, however, as professional athletes, have been regarded as assets and to a certain extent their value has been reflected by the medical care they have received. The article will focus on four areas of sports medicine: football’s duty of care to its players and the welfare that clubs have provided for them; how the roles of football’s medical practitioners—doctors and trainers—have developed; how treatments for injuries have changed over time as medical knowledge improved; and finally, some ethical issues that have re- volved around the role of the football club manager.

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Keywords

sports medicine, football, trainers, injuries

Citation

Carter, N. (2007) Metatarsals and magic sponges: English football and the development of sports medicine. Journal of Sport History, 31 (1), pp. 53-73.

Rights

Research Institute

Institute of History