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Things Doctors Check On Footballers During Medicals Before A Deal Is Completed

Think a medical is a foregone conclusion? Think again. As we've seen before, a move isn't done until a player has passed a club's rigorous check-up with flying colours. But what really happens during a player medical? Here are the roughly four hours’ worth of steps that football clubs generally follow.

1. The blood test

Doctors look up hundreds of variables to check if there are any underlying infections or any conditions that may pose a problem now or in the near future. Medics will check if players show any signs of anaemia, for example, and to look at what their kidneys or livers are like.

Sugar levels, and the thyroid gland are also inspected before a urine sample is taken to find if there are any abnormalities.

2. The heart

Another test clubs will run early doors is a thorough and full examination of the heart.


3. Doctors will also check on their height and weight as well as their blood pressure before going through a detailed questionnaire to establish any problems within the player’s family.

Players up to the age of 24 will ideally have annual checks to detect any heart-related issues and this is now fairly standard practice after past tragedies.


Besides, cardio is a huge part of the modern game as fitness levels are pushed to the limit by ever increasing hikes in intensity and player safety is paramount. Medics look at musculoskeletal stability - the strength of the back and lower abdomen - to determine if a player will have any problems with the quads or hamstrings.


Players will be forced to do a number of squats, hop tests and lunges as they show the assessors that these regions are strong enough for a 50-game plus season. Whether they have a backbone for the mental fight is a separate issue.

If a player flies in to complete a move with just hours left until the transfer deadline, they are likely to have a hard time fitting their medical in. But that doesn't mean that they won't be able to sign.

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