There are a variety of relatively minor complaints that commonly occur on the touchline – or present in the dressing room – which are not considered in the other modules in this course. These conditions include the management of blisters, muscle cramps and minor bleeding. While quite minor, each of these problems can cause significant morbidity and prevent a player from reaching their potential or participating in the game they love.
Conditions involving the eye, ear and nose are also considered in this module. These injuries can be more significant and need specialist care. The definitive management of many of these conditions is beyond the scope of this course. It is, however, important to have an awareness of some of the potential complications associated with each and to be able to refer affected players for a further assessment.
In this module, we will consider how a range of more “minor” medical issues can be managed and consider how a clinician might be able to allow a player to continue to safely participate in football training and matches.