Episode 13: Sports Medicine
Author: Eoghan Colgan @eoghan_colgan
Special Guest: Jonny Gordon @sportpromote
Jonny has worked as an Emergency Medicine Consultant in Glasgow since 2005 and is the first team doctor to the men’s Scotland national football squad, having previously been team doctor for the U21 squad for almost ten years. He has also been the first team doctor at Celtic FC. During the highly successful Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Jonny took on the role of Deputy Chief Medical Officer and was medical lead at the Polyclinic, overseeing all aspects of care being provided to athletes and team officials.
In 2007 Jonny founded the company SportPromote to provide education and equipment to health care professionals involved with emergency situations in sport. The course proved to be exceptionally popular and in 2012 he was selected by the UEFA Medical Committee to be Course Director for the first Football Doctor Education Programme Workshop run in Vienna. Jonny remains as a consultant to UEFA on emergency medicine matters and is also co-author of the Oxford University Press book on Emergencies in Sports Medicine.
Eoghan and Jonny discuss Sports Medicine and what to think about when considering it as a career. Jonny also discusses the impact on his life, the highs and lows of the game and what he has gained clinically and non-clinically from his experience in elite sport.
Take Home Points
1. Sports Medicine – typical entry is via:
- Masters or diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine
- Dual Accreditation through the faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine
- There are a number of additional pitchside courses and human factors courses that would add skill
2. Treat the patient and not the xray:
- Take a good history and consider likely injury based on the mechanism
3. Syndesmosis injuries (high ankle sprain):
- Typically occur with ankle fixed and externtally rotated
- Significant because often overlooked and can be associated with mpre morbidity than simple ankle sprains
- Generally requires more non-weight-bearing initially and occasionally needs operative fixation
- Squeeze test and Kleigers test can help raise suspicion
4. Leadership qualities:
- Good communication with team
- Help to build their confidence
- Emphasise that everyone is important within the team
- Inspire your team to be better by example