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Providing team care

The Olympic flame of the 30th Olympic Games was lit in a ceremony in Athens on the 10th of May. Over the last week it has travelled by relay across Greece. This Friday will see the flame handed over to a British delegation which will include football star David Beckham. After travelling around the UK, the flame will make its final appearance at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on the 27th of July.

The Olympics will provide a working platform for many sports medicine clinicians from around the world working closely with sporting teams. For many clinicians working with sports teams, the Olympics provide an opportunity to reflect on the care they provide to their team. Chapter 63 in the new edition of the Clinical Sports Medicine textbook is titled “Providing team care”. The chapter is co-authored by physiotherapist and principle research fellow Professor Jill Cook and sports physicians Dr. Peter Harcourt and Dr. Chris Milne. Topics covered include the clinician’s responsibilities to coaching and support staff, the rationale behind preseason assessments and the clinician’s role in education for the team.

It is the responsibility of the team clinician to ensure and provide consistent high-quality medical care. This care may comprise of organizing first aid equipment, maintaining record keeping, ensuring athletes provide informed consent for all treatment and delegating appropriate tasks to other team members. The team clinician’s role is often diverse. Flexibility and a willingness to work collaboratively with athletes and other team members are attributes of successful team clinicians. The new edition of the Clinical Sports Medicine textbook is a must-have resource for clinicians working with sports teams at all levels.

 

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