Conclusion: specialty, 1988–2005
in A history of British sports medicine
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This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on concepts discussed in this book. The book shows that some form of sports medicine was being practised in Britain in the early twentieth century. British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASEM) was formed in 1952, and yet the recognition of sports medicine as a formal specialty in the UK is a feature of the twenty-first century. It compares the story of sports medicine in Britain with that across the world. Histories of specialisation and professionalisation have been a staple in the History of Medicine for at least two generations, and as such are, as one reviewer has put it, 'untrendy'. At a time when sport, exercise and physical fitness are increasingly on the agenda of governments in the developed world, the question 'fit for what?' grows more important.

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