Sport for All and the inert majority, 1970–87
in A history of British sports medicine
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The Sport for All movement and the opening of sports injuries clinics (SICs) threatened to normalise sporting activity, and through that subsume sports treatment, training and even policing within other established specialties. Rehabilitation through sport had been ongoing since Guttman's work in the 1940s, but the 1970s and 1980s saw a particular interest in the use of vigorous exercise for the rehabilitation of patients with heart disease. Certain trends in Olympic Medicine should seem familiar: specialisation and the requirement that volunteers must have some specialist knowledge or expertise, and the provision of training in sports medicine and the practicalities of working at the Games for medical volunteers. The related discussions about specialist services and experts in the 1970s draw a clear distinction between the establishment of sports medicine as a formal medical specialty and the recognition of specialists in sports medicine.


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