Finding the best medical staff in FM 2020 is always a challenge however is it also vital to your squad.
Without good medical staff, your squad will be riddled with injuries and the recovery time will increase drastically reducing the potential even the best of players can achieve.
This article will help you identify some of the best medical staff for each role and also will teach you how to look for your ideal medical staff in the game itself.
Let us first look at the different types of Medical Staff available in FM 2020
- Head Physio
- Chief Doctor
- Head of Sports Science
- Sports Scientist
Unlike coaches, the roles and responsibilities of the medical staff overlap most times. Also, you cannot control the roles of Chief Doctor or Doctor that is already in the club and it is not in your power to change them.
Please note that some attributes may vary from save to save, some staff may not show up on the search based on the database selected. The “work with youngsters” attribute is always a plus for all staff regardless of their role and plays an important part in how they interact with younger players in your squad. The adaptability attribute is important for coaches who go to foreign leagues and is a factor in how fast they adapt to their new setting.
Also, some staff are good at multiple roles but we will be mentioning them only in their best role but you can use them however you see fit, depending on the strength of your team.
What is the role of a Physio/Head Physio in your staff roster?
Injury Prevention is a primary goal but sometimes the bad news arrives in our FM inbox.
That’s why physios help in the following way:
- Prepares a player’s readiness report for 90 minutes of fighting on the pitch;
- Determines the severity of the injury and the recovery time
- Facilitates the rehabilitation process after a justified absence.
Players who have been out of the field for a long time should gradually return to the game.
Don’t think that after deletion of status (INJ), the player can immediately go to the pitch. It is possible but not smart! You need to work his condition to at least 75% before he is able to contribute positively to the game. Also, his match sharpness is something that cannot be achieved just through training and it will be wise to gradually work his way into the playing XI.
Head physios are nothing but an in charge of all the physios at the club. They sometimes provide player reports directly to you but their primary role is still the same as a regular physio. The main attribute you need to look for in a Physio is most obviously “Physiotherapy”, however, attributes like motivation, level of discipline & Determination are always important in any coach/staff that work directly with the players.
Here are some of the best physios in-game
- Juanjo Brau
- Ricardo Sasaki
- Lieven Maesschalck
- Helmut Erhard
- Gianni Bianchi
- Marco Dellacasa
- Rob Price
- Grant Downie
- Stephan Weickert
- Bruno Mazziotti
What is the role of a Sports Scientist in your staff roster?
Part of the role of a sports scientist is to also conduct risk assessments of the players in your squad and your training sessions to determine how likely it is that injuries will occur. This can be helpful when you're planning your team selection ahead of a run of busy fixtures.
Sports Scientist also helps how to plan your training keeping in mind the condition, recovery and injury proneness of a player. The Head Of Sports Science is responsible for sending reports regarding these analyses and manages his team.
The main attribute you need to look for in a Sports Scientist most obviously “Sports Science”, however, attributes like motivation, level of discipline & Determination are always important in any coach/staff that work directly with the players.
Here are some of the best Sports Scientists in the game
- David Kelly
- Tim Harkess
- Ciro Mirko Piccolo
- Colin Murphy
- Richard Hawkins
- Philipp Jacobsen
- Anke Steffen
- Julio De La Morena
- Nicolas Mayer
- Francesco Visentin
That concludes the article on how to search for medical staff and a small list of the best medical staff available at the start of the game. As mentioned, the medical staff could vary depending on the database selected and you may end up finding better coaches as the seasons go by.
Also, keep in mind that you can have the best physios in the club, but if you don’t comply with a recipe “prevention is better than cure” you make a big mistake.
This article is a part of the best staff in Football Manager 2020 article series.
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