Medical Support

Academy clinics

Therapy clinics are run before the academy training sessions listed below and are available to all players from U8s to U16s:

Monday                      5-5.30pm                   Sir Bernard Lovell School

Tuesday                     5-5.30pm                  Marlwood Secondary

Wednesday               5-5.30pm                  Sir Bernard Lovell School

Thursday                   5-5.30pm                  Lockleaze Sports Centre

Friday                         5-5.30pm                 Lockleaze Sports Centre

Any player requiring a consultation or treatment must attend the clinic between these times and ensure they bring their training kit and boots with them.

Academy clinics will be also staffed by selected university students whilst on their placement with us. These students will be supervised and must be shown the same respect as any qualified member of staff.

Please note, any player who withdraws from training due to significant injury will be automatically ruled out of returning back into the same session.

Use of inhalers and medication

From the 2017/18 pre-season, the policy regarding the use of inhalers and relevant medication during training and/or matches has changed:

Our new policy states that every player that has been identified as needing an inhaler or any relevant medication, such as an epipen, must bring this/these to every academy training session or match. Here, the coaches and/or any duty medical staff will ensure that these items are present, located within the given clear plastic folder, along with their information card and are fully visible on pitchside or other training location. These items need to be fully and clearly labelled to allow myself, any duty medical staff and/or coaches prompt access to these if necessary.

If any player fails to bring their inhaler or relevant medication to any academy training session or match, they will not be permitted to take part within any physical activity. This is for the player’s own safety and welfare.

As an academy medical department, we completely understand that your child may only use these items very infrequently but from the start of the 2017/18 pre-season, we will rely on the cooperation of both parent and player to take responsibility for this and to make your coach or myself/duty therapist aware of any changes, damage or loss.

Medical notes

Please note that for our records, copies of any relevant medical documentation or correspondence must be supplied to the club at the earliest available opportunity.

Acute injury management

Treatment for any sports injury will depend on its location and severity. Minor injuries that do not require a trip to accident and emergency (A&E) or a minor injury unit (MIU), such as mild sprains, strains, knocks or bruising, can be initially treated at home using PRICEM therapy before attending the academy clinic:

P – It is important to protect the injured area from further injury. Applying a bandage or support can be used for this.

R – Avoiding exercise and reducing your daily physical activity by resting will allow the injury to start to heal. Playing or training through pain is not advised.

I – Ice (or any frozen compress) can be applied for up to 15 minutes every 2 hours. It is advisable to wrap the ice pack in a cloth to prevent cold burns on the skin.

C – A compression bandage, towel or wrap can be applied during or immediately after icing in order to reduce any inflammation.

E – Whilst ensuring that no pain is being caused, elevate the injured area so that it is above the level of the heart. This allows maximum comfort when resting.

M – Over the counter medication, if appropriate for the individual player, such as ibuprofen gel, can be used to effectively manage any pain and/or inflammation felt.

Concussion information

Any player suspected of having a concussion will be removed from training or play and immediately assessed.  Symptoms of concussion can arise over the first 24-48 hours post injury. A player can have a varying number of symptoms and these can range from mild to severe. Common symptoms include:

  • Confusion
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness, feeling stunned or dazed
  • Nausea
  • Loss of balance

The player should not be left alone for more than 30 minutes over the first 12 hours post-injury and must go to hospital immediately if they:

  • Have a headache that gets worse
  • Become drowsy or cant be awakened
  • Cant recognise people or places
  • Have repeated vomiting
  • Behave unusually or seem confused or very irritable
  • Have seizures (arms and legs jerk uncontrollably)
  • Have weak or numb arms or legs
  • Are unsteady on their feet or have slurred speech
  • If the player is symptomatic for more than 10 days

It is important for the player to rest physically and mentally until symptoms resolve, with no sleeping tablets or painkillers being given.

Any player diagnosed with concussion should not return to training or play on the same day of injury. When returning players to activity, they will need to be medically cleared by the academy and follow a supervised progressive program:

Any player diagnosed with a suspected concussion should not return to training or play on the same day of injury. When returning athletes to activity, they will need to be medically cleared and then follow a supervised progressive program:

  • No activity
  • Light aerobic activity
  • Sports-specific exercise
  • Non contact training drills
  • Full contact practice
  • Return to play

There should be at least 48 hours between stages two and six with a minimum of 23 days from the day of concussion to the next competitive match played. If symptoms reoccur within this time, the player will be rested until they resolve and will return to the program from the previous stage.

For more information, please visit the FA website.

Medical department interns


As a medical department, we are fortunate enough to have the following undergraduate sports therapy and sports rehabilitation students joining us for the 2017/18 season:

  • Camille Rouxel – University of the West of England (UWE) third year sports rehabilitation student.
  • Lucy Brazier – University of the West of England (UWE) third year sports rehabilitation student.
  • Kara Pring – University of Gloucestershire (UoG) second year sports therapy student.