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Conference 2017

The Future of Football Medicine

Avoiding injury ensures higher player availability and allows coaches to have the most complete squad possible; available for training and to select from for matches. In the UEFA Champions League (UCL), the unavailability of players to compete in matches due to injury averages 14% but varies from between 5% and 20% 1, and at the elite level of male football, the overall, match, training and muscle injury rates have remained unchanged, without any significant decrease, during the 2000s.

Whilst Football Medicine has never been in a better place, there is increasing resources, increasing complexity & diversity, and increasing demand for positive change in player care and performance. It therefore feels like we are in a critical moment for Football Medicine and Science. Many doctors, physiotherapists, osteopaths, strength coaches, sports scientists and rehabilitation coaches are frequently asked and challenged by their colleagues, players and coaching staff to define and foresee the future. What will be the innovations that will really make the difference for player care, injury prevention, return to play decision making, data management and on-field athletic performance?

The XXVI International Conference on Sports Rehabilitation and Traumatology is dedicated to the topic of defining the Future of the discipline and Community. The aim is to give to the participants a wider vision; one which can help to be successful in her/his career. We try to do this by sharing the expertise and knowledge that has taken those individual practitioners and professionals to the top of Football Medicine and Science.

The Conference is, above all, an opportunity for discussion and represents an opportunity for the exchange of ideas and experiences.

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