Billed by the official television broadcaster as the main event following the Olympic Games ‘warm-up’, the Paralympics have surpassed all expectations and will undoubtedly change perceptions of disability sport in Great Britain. For most, it has been an awakening to what these athletes can achieve.
In 2005, the Department of Health formally recognized Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) as a medical speciality. One year later the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine (FSEM) was born and with it the specialist training program. Since its inception, the program has produced a number of consultants who have taken-on leading roles in sport and healthcare.
Since the first Ultimate Fighting Championships in the early 1990s, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has gained popularity with regular national and international tournaments. For some it remains barbaric, taking us back to our primal instincts of fight vs. flight. This has led to calls from medical groups for the sport to be banned