Making champions: boundaries, 1953–70
in A history of British sports medicine
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This chapter opens with the first meetings of British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASEM), a society dedicated to the collation and provision of specialist sports medicine advice. The key issue for the chapter is boundary-setting. Firstly, sports medicine was being institutionalised in small professional organisations, which carefully policed their own boundaries. Secondly, boundaries were being drawn around the athletic body. One outstanding feature of international sports medicine at the mid-century is the introduction of gender and drug testing. A 'Medical Centre' was built in the Olympic Village, as the Medical Committee decided to 'provide treatment for minor or short-term ailments. The chapter closes in 1970 with the Sports Council initiating a study into the feasibility of using taxpayers' money to fund sports injuries clinics for the general public. The Mexican Research Project was co-sponsored by one of the newest bodies involved in sports medicine, the Sports Council.

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