Story: Sports medicine and drugs

Fit to play?

Fit to play?

This 2005 cartoon from the Press highlights the pressure on doctors to declare injured players fit to return to the field. From the 1970s onwards many sporting codes adopted tighter rules over injury prevention. However, with the development of professionalism, doctors were sometimes urged by coaches and management to allow recently injured players back into competition.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: DCDL-0004815
Cartoon by Alistair Nisbet

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Peter Clayworth, 'Sports medicine and drugs - History of sports medicine', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 April 2024)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 5 Sep 2013