A quack heard around the world

John Best
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.11277
Published online: 16 December 2013

Medical involvement in sport and training should not focus only on the elite athlete

Iused to be a rusted-on Essendon Football Club supporter. Now I am witnessing the spectacle of the club falling apart under the weight of its own hubris.1 Despite attempts to control the dark side of human achievement, as epitomised by the Olympic motto of citius, altius, fortius (faster, higher, stronger), the slogan that Essendon produced at the start of the season — “Whatever it takes” — is probably the vulgar form of that motto.

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  • Murray to the Mountains Intern Training Program, Sydney, NSW.


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