Medical Bag

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Medical support staff (usually doctors, physiotherapists and athletic trainers) at all levels of the game of football need to be prepared to manage a range of medical and musculoskeletal complaints. To do this they need to be equipped with adequate equipment including diagnostic, treatment and communication aides. These need to be readily accessible to allow the identification and management of medical conditions that may arise on or around the football field or when travelling with a team.

This module aims to highlight the essential contents of such a bag that are distinct from the FIFA Medical Emergency Bag. The contents referred to are extensive yet not exhaustive and are also not necessarily applicable to every clinician. They should be modified according to accessibility, affordability and need.

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Learning outcomes

By the end of this topic you should:

  • understand the role of the team physician in football;
  • be aware of the types of medication and equipment contained in a team medical bag;
  • know what emergency equipment is recommended at a football match including the contents of the FIFA Medical Emergency Bag;
  • have an awareness of what medical services should be provided at a FIFA or UEFA-sanctioned match.


  • Read the relevant section in the FIFA Medical Manual and Football Emergency Medicine Manual – as well as other required reading
  • Review the suggested reading
  • View, or listen to, any relevant multimedia content
  • Complete the course quiz

Suggested reading

Brukner and Khan’s
Clinical Sports Medicine 4th Edition
Chapters 63 (pages 1203-1207) and 67 (pages 1261-1270)


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