Touchline Care

Touchline Care

There are a variety of relatively minor complaints that commonly occur on the touchline – or present in the dressing room – which are not considered in the other modules in this course. These conditions include the management of blisters, muscle cramps and minor bleeding. While quite minor, each of these problems can cause significant [...]
General Emergency

General Emergency

Significant medical and orthopaedic emergencies are relatively rare in a football environment. They do, however, occur and clinicians and event organisers must be prepared to manage these conditions. An awareness of the more common conditions and a plan to manage these appropriately is essential. Medical emergencies should always be managed along the lines of existing [...]
Environment

Environment

Football is a global game. As a result, it is played in a wide range of environmental conditions. These factors can both affect a player’s performance and make them more likely to become unwell. This module will focus on four common environmental factors and how they may impact on football. These factors relate to extremes [...]
Radiology

Radiology

Radiology plays an important role in the investigation of many sports medicine injuries. The most widely ordered studies include X-rays and ultrasound scans. X-rays are the simplest modality for defining bony injuries, while ultrasound enables assessment of many soft-tissue structures including muscles, tendons and ligaments. In general terms, these investigations are complementary and an ultrasound [...]
Injury Prevention

Injury Prevention

Football is the most widely played sport in the world, with over 265 million men and women participating in the sport. Injuries in football are unfortunately exceedingly common. They occur more frequently in younger players, with 80% of injuries occurring in players under the age of 24 and 44% of injuries occurring in players under [...]
Nutrition

Nutrition

The foods and drinks that a player chooses in training and competition will affect performance. All players need to be aware of their personal nutritional goals and of how they can select an eating strategy to meet those goals. Every player is different, and there is no single diet that meets the needs of all [...]
Medical Bag

Medical Bag

Medical support staff (usually doctors, physiotherapists and athletic trainers) at all levels of the game of football need to be prepared to manage a range of medical and musculoskeletal complaints. To do this they need to be equipped with adequate equipment including diagnostic, treatment and communication aides. These need to be readily accessible to allow [...]
Event Planning

Event Planning

All football tournaments, like the FIFA World Cup™, require a large amount of planning and preparation. In addition to the hundreds of elite athletes involved in these events, there are also hundreds of support staff and thousands of supporters. Each of these groups present unique challenges regarding the effective and efficient provision of medical services. [...]
Team Travel

Team Travel

One of the challenges of modern football and the international game is the need to play in different cities and countries around the world and in different time zones. There is also the matter of providing medical care for athletes in a new and foreign environment. To be able to do this effectively requires careful [...]
PCMA

PCMA

Before players start participating in any sport, they should be medically examined to ensure that they are sufficiently healthy to cope with the demands of training and playing. Therefore, medical assessments aimed at risk factor and disease detection are generally advocated by physicians and sports organisations. The aims of the pre-competition assessment are to prevent [...]