Richmond doctor Chris Bradshaw is leaving the club to take up a position at Premier League outfit Fulham. Although doctors at football clubs play a minor role compared to players and coaches, this departure was considered worthy enough to have been reported in a full article in the Melbourne Age. Doctors and physiotherapists working in football are in a position to switch codes as the injury patterns between the sports are similar enough to allow an expert in Aussie Rules injuries, for example, to be similarly expert in treating injuries in soccer. The difficulty doctors have is in gaining medical registration in another country, which is a hurdle Bradshaw has overcome. Within Australia there have been many doctors work in more than one football code, with some example being Martin Raftery and Michael Jamieson (both St George Dragons and Wallabies), Nathan Gibbs (Souths, Manly and Sydney Swans), John Orchard (Swans and Sydney Roosters), Andrew Jowett (Collingwood and Socceroos). This group will be joined by Greg Hickey, who is planning to switch from the Melbourne Storm to Richmond to replace Bradshaw.
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