Mixing Business with Leisure? The Football Club Doctor, Sports Medicine and the Voluntary Tradition
The football club doctor has traditionally been a role fulfilled by a local general practitioner on a casual basis over a long period. Since the 1990s, due to football’s accelerated commercialization, a number of clubs have appointed full-time doctors with specialist sports medicine knowledge. This article explores the origins and development of this role in its wider social context since the late nineteenth century and argues that initially club doctors were part of a voluntary tradition. In addition, the development of the role has reflected the nature of sports medicine in Britain and more particularly football, as well as highlighting the changing demands and pressures of the job in light of growing commercial demands.
Citation : Carter, N. (2009) Mixing Business with Leisure? The Football Club Doctor, Sports Medicine and the Voluntary Tradition. Sport in History, 29 (1), pp. 69-91
ISSN : 1746-0263
Research Group : International Centre for Sports History and Culture
Peer Reviewed : Yes
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