Football Manager Staff The Medical Team

The Medical Team in Football Manager

Welcome to my new series on the Backroom Staff in Football Manager. This post covers the Medical Team in Football Manager.

Welcome to my new series, The Backroom Staff – A Complete Football Manager Staff Guide. This guide will be focussing on the Medical Team in Football Manager.

Version date 24 July 2020 • 1.0 - Written for Football Manager 2020

Introduction to the Medical Team in Football Manager

The Medical Team in Football Manager is made up of the following Backroom Staff members.

  • Head Physio and Physios
  • Head of Sports Science and Sports Scientists
  • Chief Doctor and Doctors

Not every club will have all positions filled, and a lot of clubs won’t have a need to hire someone in every position. Lower level clubs probably wouldn’t need Sports Scientists, for example, as they’re unlikely to have the finances available to fill this position. If this is the case, the Physio will take over the Sports Scientists roles under the Medical Centre.

The Medical Team Overview screen
The Medical Team Overview screen

Staff Responsibilities

The Medical Team in Football Manager don’t actually have any staff responsibilities.

The Physios and the Sports Scientists will perform the roles that they are hired to do, e.g., the Physios will treat injuries and the Sports Scientists will help lessen injuries.

Staff Roles for the Medical Team in Football Manager

This is a brief overview of the Medical Team staff roles. I will have an individual post for each of these roles going into a lot more detail on the types of attributes you should be looking for.

Head Physio and Physios

The Head Physio and Physios work to treat injured players at the club, other than those who are being treated by a specialist or a doctor. The better the Physiotherapy rating, the more accurate the Physio can estimate the amount of time a player will be out injured for. This attribute also affects how quickly the Physio can get the players back to playing again after an injury.

They can also take on the responsibilities of the Sports Scientists within the Medical Centre if you do not have anyone hired in this role. Their Sports Science attribute rating will determine how well they can carry out those duties.

What Is the Difference Between the Head Physio and a Physio?

Nothing. From what I can find out anyway. I’ve searched high and low in the internet and all over the SI Forum and I cannot find any difference here. Even testing the game without a Head Physio I cannot see anything different occurring. There’s nothing on the SI Manual about the difference either.

I used to believe the Head Physio could treat the other squads, e.g., the Under 23s but looking on the staff pages for these squads the Head Physio isn’t listed. If you know, drop me a comment below.

Key Attributes for a Head Physio and Physio

Key attributes for a Head Physio and Physio.

  • Physiotherapy

Secondary attributes for a Head Physio and Physio.

  • Sports Science

Physiotherapy

The Physiotherapy attribute determines the ability of the Physio to predict both the length of an injury and recovery time. The Manual also suggests this rating is used for fitness tests, player transfer medicals, and assessing injury proneness.

Sports Science

The Sports Science attribute determines the ability of the Physio to accurately manage the squads’ fitness level when they take on responsibility for the role of a Sports Scientist. Their rating will enable them to keep players in top condition to play regular football.

The Best Head Physio in Football Manager

Below is just one of many great Physio’s in the game, but I would consider this person the best of the best. With 20 Physiotherapy and Sport Science, he can carry out either role.

Lieven Maeschalck

Maesschalck’s first non-playing role was as Belgium’s Head Physio, a position he held from September 2010 until October 2014. A break from football lasting 23 months then followed with Maesschalck’s next role as the Head Physio at Belgium beginning in August 2016.

  • Age: 49
  • Club: Free agent
  • Nationality: Belgian
  • Wage: N/a
  • Contract Expiry: N/a
  • Compensation: N/a
Lieven Maeschalck - Head Physio
Lieven Maeschalck – Head Physio

Head of Sports Science and Sports Scientists

The Head of Sports Science and Sports Scientists work to reduce jadedness and help to lessen some of the injury types. Unlike the Physio, the Sports Scientists aim to reduce the likelihood of injury, rather than aid recovery from injury.

The Sports Scientists will give you information on Injury Susceptibility, and if like me you use this on your player selection screen it can be very handy indeed. The better the Sports Science attribute rating, the more accurate the information is.

Sports Scientist – Estimates ‘Injury Susceptibility’ and is responsible for all “risk” related sections under the Medical Centre. Quality affects the accuracy of information.

This attribute is also predominantly used by members of the medical team and governs the competency of the individual to accurately manage every player’s fitness level and injury risk in such a way that they are able to keep them in condition to play regular football.

Key Attributes for a Head of Sports Science and Sports Scientist

  • Sports Science

Sports Science

The Sports Science attribute determines the ability of the Sports Scientist to accurately manage the squads’ fitness level and will enable them to keep players in top condition to play regular football. The higher their rating the more accurately they can assess injury risk in the medical centre and on player overview screens.

Player selection with injury risk highlighted by the Sports Scientist
Player selection with injury risk highlighted by the Sports Scientist

The Best Head of Sports Science in Football Manager

Below is who I consider being the best Sports Scientist in Football Manager. The reason being he has the attributes required to hold a secondary role as a fitness coach. Coach star rating calculated using my coach calculator.

Antonio Gómez

Gomez’s first non-playing role was as Real Murcia’s Fitness Coach, a position he held from July 2000 until June 2003. Gomez continued his development as a Fitness Coach for Lleida Esportiu from July 2003 until June 2004.

Gomez worked as a Coach for Cartagena from July 2004 until June 2005. A break from football lasting 12 months then followed with Gomez’s next role as a Reserves Fitness Coach at Liverpool beginning in July 2006.

Gomez worked as a Sports Scientist for Sunderland from June 2008 until June 2009. Gomez joined Ipswich as a sports scientist in June 2009 and stayed there until July 2011.

Gomez continued his development as Fitness Coach for Cartagena from July 2011 until June 2012. Gómez worked as a fitness coach for Barcelona B from July 2012 until June 2016.

Gomez then moved on to become Head of Sports Science at Barcelona.

  • Age: 42
  • Club: Barcelona
  • Nationality: Spanish
  • Wage: £3.7K p/w
  • Contract Expiry: June 2021
  • Compensation: £400K
Antonio Gómez - Barcelona Head of Sports Science
Antonio Gómez – Barcelona Head of Sports Science

Conclusion

The Medical Team in Football Manager is just as important as the Coaching Team and Recruitment Team. This team will keep your players fighting fresh for the long season ahead, and should you succumb to any injuries then they’ll be the ones responsible for getting your players back to full fitness. Do not take short cuts when recruiting for this team.

As always, if you made it this far, thank you for reading along. You can get in touch with me in the comments below, via twitter @fmfutbolmanager, or my slack channel #fmFutbolManager — if you’re not a part of the Football Manager Slack community, then you can join here!

Until next time.

Oliver Jensen

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