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Ethics and the pitchside physician
  1. L R Salkeld
  1. North Bristol NHS Trust, Trust Headquarters, Frenchay, Bristol, UK
  1. L R Salkeld, 33 Clarendon Road, Redland, Bristol, BS6 7EX; leesalkeld{at}


Sports medicine is a rapidly expanding area of clinical practice. The pitchside physician faces many ethical challenges in managing the injuries and wellbeing of sports men and women. This brief essay describes some of the dilemmas frequently encountered by the pitchside physician and calls for a discussion of the issues raised.

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