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Conclusion

Social media is here to stay. Used
properly it provides a fantastic
platform for athletes to connect with
their fans, offering them an insight
into their lives. But, used incorrectly
it can cause significant problems for
naïve and vulnerable athletes. Team
doctors need to take a proactive role
in educating themselves about social
media. In addition, it is vital that
they provide guidance and direction
to athletes when injured to avoid
further adversity.

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TWITTER TIPS FOR TEAM PHYSICIANS

1. Brief athletes at the beginning of the season to outline the protocol
for release of information on injuries

2. Remind athletes following an injury not to divulge any information until
a firm diagnosis has been made

3. Discuss with athletes disclosures and their rights to confidentiality
4. Inform the coach and other relevant officials about the disclosure
5. Keep disclosures to the minimum necessary:

—What happened? problem, diagnosis
—What is happening or going to happen? current and future management plan
—How bad is it? a realistic return to play time
6. Avoid medical jargon—keep the message simple
7. Do not post images of injuries or surgeries
8. Provide a brief and succinct update on progress
9. Avoid answering direct questions about the injury
10. Do not mention the treating doctor, surgeon, or medical personnel by name;
keep it anonymous

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