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John Hartson (former Wales international and journeyman striker) was interviewed and he said that medicals vary from club to club but usually involve a scan of feet, legs and hips, and an ecg. However, in terms of assessing fitness the new manager might just ask the player's current manager whether he can get through training ok. Hartson also was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2009, which his oncologist said he had had for 8 years.
What does a medical consist of? Should there be standardised tests or should it be up to clubs' own discretion to define what is necessary? Could the risk of Muamba having a cardiac arrest have been avoided? How expensive and time consuming would these additional tests be? Should clubs be interested in detecting heart defects, brain tumours, as well as metatarsal or hamstring weaknesses?