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The legacy of the pandemic is an environment whereby people continue to keep a safe distance when passing each other in the street and where working in isolation at home prevails at a cost to work place interaction…

But anyone who thinks that the rise of remote and hybrid work will be the downfall of teamwork is likely to be changing their tune by now. The truth is, teamwork is more important now than ever and nowhere is this more evident than in professional football.

The recent premiership title and play off celebrations once again epitomised the `team` ethos behind success. Witness the inclusion of the medicine and performance team alongside the players, manager and coaching staff. Recognition indeed that it takes a united and cohesive `team` to bring that success.

Teamwork skills are vital to be successful at work, regardless of your job title or discipline. Working well with colleagues, management and players will make your work environment enjoyable and help you complete tasks more quickly and efficiently. Clubs value employees who are team players as they contribute to the achievement of the organisation’s goals which ultimately translates to success on the pitch.

The strength of the team is the individual member.

The strength of each member is the team.

I am very pleased to announce that the FMPA magazine is set to return to a printed format at the start of the 2022/23 season. This is a welcome return to `normality` and one that will once again become a staple of the medicine and performance arena. A digital version will also be available to members ensuring everyone has access to what is now a much respected, high calibre publication.

And while I hesitate to tempt fate, we are already planning for a return to our annual Conference at the end of the 2022/23 season!

Eamonn Salmon

Chief Executive Officer

Football Medicine & Performance Association