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 [...]
Infectious diseases

Infectious diseases

Playing football, and physical activity in general, has an effect on a player’s immune status. This effect is directly related to the amount and intensity of training. This must be considered when developing a team’s training programme. Too much load may compromise immunity and lead to illness. There are a variety of infectious diseases which [...]
Football for Health

Football for Health

Physical inactivity is a very significant public health problem. As a society, we are becoming increasingly sedentary and more obese. This has obvious health implications. Physical activity is an important health intervention. Playing football for 45-60 minutes two or three times a week has been shown to markedly improve cardiovascular and musculoskeletal function. It is [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
Rheumatology

Rheumatology

The majority of athletes presenting to a sports medicine clinic have a musculoskeletal condition. While this is typically related to trauma, a reasonable percentage of these patients have pain that is related to either an inflammatory condition or another medical problem. It is not uncommon for patients to relate their pain to an injury. It [...]
Anterior Cruciate Ligament

Anterior Cruciate Ligament

The knee is one of the most common locations for injury in football players (second only to the thigh). While anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries represent less than 1% of all injuries, their impact on a players career is very significant. As a result these injuries are well known and widely publicised. In this module [...]