|Award for SRU’s head doctor|
|Saturday, 01 January 2011|
The College has awarded a Fellowship ad hominem to Dr James Peter Robson, head doctor of the Scottish Rugby Union
Dr James Robson qualified as a physiotherapist at Queen Margaret College in Edinburgh and gained his medical degree from Dundee. From 1983, he was the North and Midlands rugby teams physiotherapist, a post he held throughout his medical training. He subsequently became the team doctor until 1991.
After qualification and house jobs he trained as a general practitioner. He became a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and became a principal at Dundee’s Westgate Health Centre in 1992.
He was appointed as the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) National Team physiotherapist in 1991 but soon afterwards became the team doctor in charge of the SRU National Sevens team.
James toured first as a physiotherapist with the SRU in 1991 in the United States and Canada and later that year was part of the team at the World Cup.
Dr Robson has been involved in five World Cups, five British and Irish Lions tours and five other international tours including the Sevens World Cup. He took over from Donald McLeod (former RCSEd Vice President) in 2002 as the head medic for the SRU. In 2005 and 2009 he was the head doctor in New Zealand and South Africa.
"James Robson is a true giant in the rugby world and in the world of sports medicine"
All through his physiotherapy and medical duties with Scotland until 2004 he continued his day job as a general practitioner in Dundee, as well as acting as an undergraduate tutor and a postgraduate trainer. He finally conceded that he was holding down too many jobs and became full-time with the SRU.
James Robson is highly respected in the field of sports medicine. He has spoken out on many occasions about his fears of the physicality of modern rugby union. Of the 2009 Lions team, ten of their players suffered tour-ending injuries or concussions and James Robson, with all his experience of the Lions tours, had serious concerns about the future. Part of his remit is to conduct final medical reports on the entire squad prior to them returning to Britain. He has spoken out regarding the welfare of rugby players and expressed concern about the increasing size of top level players and also the number of games that they play. James Robson is a true giant in the rugby world and in the world of sports medicine.
Based on the citation delivered by Council Member Professor Michael Griffin.