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Leeview's David Hall airs his views on earlier post re health and injuries in sport

Whilst I agree with the sentiments put forward in some much detail in your blog, I would have to in this case air caution to the over exuberance of clubs to embark on a detailed medical assessment of their playing staff.

Whilst I do agree that all clubs should have on their staff a person who can assist and provide help in situations of emergency it is imperative that any medical diagnosis or treatment is performed by trained and suitably qualified medical staff either attending paramedic or Doctors or Nurses. Screening for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can be carried out in conjunction with an individuals local GP and its in this environment I would suggest that this be done, whilst injuries to players arising during a game should be triaged by a trained club member who should be trained in first aid and subsequently dealt with by a trained physiotherapist or medical practitioner.

A club medical bag (First Aid kit) should contain only items that provide minor first aid and should only be used by a person suitably qualified to use them.

Whilst the screening for this congenital disorder is crucial in its diagnosis I would implore those who play sports and in particular the players playing football and rugby at grass roots football to look at other risk factors.

Alcohol consumption, diet and the training methods used by some clubs need to be looked at very carefully. A lot of the players who currently ply their trade in the AUL will infact remain there throughout their sporting life time. There is no embarrassment in this and I feel that if a professional approach is taken by management of a club despite the status of the team in relation to smoking, diet, alcohol consumption, and overall warm up and training etc then it limits the risk of other complications that can arise.

We play football for the love of the game but we also do it for the exercise and stress relief.

Dr David Hall ( Leeview AFC)
Director of Clinical Research
Clinical Conduct Associates Ltd