Health for the Football Player
Football is the most popular sport in the world. Currently there are about 265 million players and their health is the responsibility of the football medicine community.
The FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) Medical Committee has invited our group, as a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence, to implement the concept of "Football for Health" and to promote research & scientific meetings in our country.
For this reason it is an honour to accept this invitation, focusing the special XXth edition of the International Conference on Sports Rehabilitation and Traumatology exclusively on football.
Managing the health of the athlete has a very broad meaning which involves the whole Football community. It is not just a problem of managing the medical and scientific aspects, but, of involving all stakeholders, from players to coaches, from journalists to executives.
There is now scientific evidence that has profoundly changed knowledge on the positive effects of football on health, injury prevention and treatment.
Extensive studies have shown that the average incidence of injuries per game is 2.7 and that around 30% of these can be avoided through the "FIFA 11+" injury prevention programme. In turn, the ability to accurately diagnose, effectively treat, and quickly rehabilitate is improved.
This is important progress, which requires international recognition and successful implementation.