The ‘2701 Incident’, which left a big scar on Korean football, could recur unless the Korea Football Association’s mandatory system is improved.
As the number of players traveling around Europe has increased, the level of the players has also increased. It is because the association realized this belatedly that it even issued a statement on the 10th and promised to strengthen the medical team until March when the soccer team is reconvened.
In the field, it is pointed out that it is time to improve not only the collaboration plan with personal trainers that players have been dissatisfied with, but also the attending physician system.
In the national team, the doctor diagnoses the player’s physical condition, and the trainers follow the prescription. How well the attending physician understands the players determines the effectiveness of the treatment.
The Korean national team is weak in this area. The medical subcommittee of the association recommends a doctor whenever a competition is held, and it is practically volunteer work.
Doctors who have a deep love for soccer apply, but since it is an honorary position, it changes frequently, so it is difficult to get a detailed understanding of the players’ physical condition and build a bond.
When an athlete’s injury worsens, trust in the attending physician is shaken. An example is the case of Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), who was seriously injured during the Qatar World Cup.
Former national team coach Choi Tae-wook said in a media interview after the World Cup, “(Hwang Hee-chan) said he injured his hamstring (rear thigh muscle) in his team just before the World Cup, so he joined training after undergoing rehabilitation, but he was injured again two days before the first game. He said the root cause was not properly checking the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the injured area.” 카지노
Coach Choi said, “I think this problem arises because the national team’s doctor changes every tournament. It is a case that shows why there must be a ‘full-time doctor’.”
According to the Football Association’s explanation, there was no problem with the opinion received from Hwang Hee-chan’s team, Wolverhampton, so there was no need to request an MRI in the first place. It is difficult to see this as a problem or mistake in the diagnosis process of the attending physician. In the end, this is a case where distrust in the national team system led to distrust in the attending physician.
The full-time doctor system, which directly employs the primary care physician, is costly. If it is difficult to introduce a full-time doctor system right away, it is necessary to adjust the system step by step. Establishing a system in which a fixed primary care physician is responsible even if it is a 4-year cycle together with the coach of the national team can also be a way.
An official from the association said, “Coach Choi’s remarks are interpreted as the opinion that a system that continuously manages the players’ individual physical condition is needed.” Along with the trainer problem, the attending physician will prepare to come up with the best alternative.”