Do you know how to identify, assess and treat a player with disordered eating?

Do you know how to identify, assess and treat a player with disordered eating?

The impact that relative energy deficit (RED-S) can have on a player’s health and wellbeing is increasingly being recognised. This BJSM paper, featuring staff from a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence, reviews the evidence relating to disordered eating (DE), a potential cause of RED-S, and provides excellent information about a practical approach to players with [...]
What do we know about anterior cruciate ligament injury mechanisms in men’s professional football?

What do we know about anterior cruciate ligament injury mechanisms in men’s professional football?

In order to prevent injury, it is important to have a thorough understanding about both the incidence of injury and injury mechanisms. This FastFact, produced by the Isokinetic Medical Group (a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence), and published in the BJSM evaluates anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in a population of Italian professional football players [...]
Football injuries impair team performance and create a financial burden

Football injuries impair team performance and create a financial burden

Injuries are unfortunately common in professional football. The impact of these injuries on a team’s performance and club finances are estimated in this article published in BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine. These are important considerations as they will likely have a significant impact on a club’s desire to pursue injury prevention strategies and to [...]
Is aerobic exercise an effective treatment for players with migraine?

Is aerobic exercise an effective treatment for players with migraine?

Migraine is considered to be one of the most disabling conditions experienced by young adults. There are a variety of treatment options that are available to these patients. Non-pharmacological treatments are one of the most attractive treatment strategies considering the possible adverse effects of many common migraine drugs. The paper included in this FastFact evaluates [...]
Does having a Therapeutic Use Exemption increase your likelihood of winning an Olympic medal?

Does having a Therapeutic Use Exemption increase your likelihood of winning an Olympic medal?

Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) allow players with legitimate medical conditions to participate equally in elite sport. There can however be a perception that players who are using exempt medications are potentially cheating, and that TUEs could give an unfair advantage to some players. This FastFact is based on a paper that reviewed eight years of [...]
Can we examine a player’s hip via telehealth ?

Can we examine a player’s hip via telehealth ?

With the current constraints imposed by the global COVID-19 pandemic, football players and their teams have more restricted access to their doctors and physiotherapists. As a result, many clinicians have continued to practice via telemedicine. The purpose of the paper highlighted in this week’s FastFact was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of a self-administered examination [...]
Early sport specialisation and high training loads may increase the risk of injury

Early sport specialisation and high training loads may increase the risk of injury

Early sport specialisation (ESS) is often considered to be a risk factor for injury, despite a lack of good evidence to support this relationship. This FastFact highlights a paper that attempts to determine whether ESS is indeed associated with an increased risk of injury by evaluating a group of American Collegiate athletes1. It has been [...]
Sport-related concussion (SRC) may take longer to recover than previously thought

Sport-related concussion (SRC) may take longer to recover than previously thought

It is often said that the majority of cases of SRC recover predictably within 7 to 10 days of injury. This prospective cohort study, from one of our FIFA Medical Centres of Excellence and published in this month’s edition of the CJSM, challenges this commonly held belief1. This week’s FastFact highlights a prospective cohort study [...]