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While most sport scientists focused on improvement of performance, FIFA Medical has been pioneering in adopting a different approach to sports medicine, focusing on prevention and education instead. This allowed both to minimise any negative consequences of the game such as injuries and to fully explore its potential as a healthy leisure time activity and tool in health education.

Female players who injure their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are five times more likely to re-injure their knee and are more likely to quit football.

Female players who injure their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are five times more likely to re-injure their knee and are more likely to quit football.

This prospective study compared female players who underwent an ACL reconstruction (ACLR) with their healthy peers. The authors found that the players who had an ACLR were both more likely to re-injure their knee and to quit playing football1. Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are a common problem in football players with female players having [...]
Do platelet-rich plasma or hyaluronic acid intra-articular injections work better for treating knee osteoarthritis?

Do platelet-rich plasma or hyaluronic acid intra-articular injections work better for treating knee osteoarthritis?

Injections are commonly used to treat knee pain in football. This randomised controlled trial from the American Journal of Sports Medicine compares two of the more common types of injection, platelet rich plasma (PRP) and hyaluronic acid (HA) and found little difference between the two options at five-year follow-up1. Osteoarthritis (OA) commonly occurs in footballers [...]
Talocalcaneal coalition

Talocalcaneal coalition

Case A 24 year old female recreational football player presented with a 12 month history of worsening dorsal mid-foot pain. She was found to have a marked restriction in subtalar movements and generalised tenderness about the hindfoot. Findings A lateral x-ray image was grossly abnormal showing absent anterior and middle facets of the talocalcaneal joint. [...]
Surgery or rehabilitation for ruptured Achilles tendons?  Which is best ?

Surgery or rehabilitation for ruptured Achilles tendons? Which is best ?

This meta-analysis found non-surgical management of an acute Achilles tendon rupture had the same risk of tendon re-rupture if an early functional range of motion protocol was also followed. The two groups had equivalent proportions of patients returning to the same level of sporting activity, while the surgical group had higher rates of other complications1. [...]
Proximal hamstring avulsion

Proximal hamstring avulsion

Case A 26-year-old male professional football player presents after a ‘stretch’ type injury to his right hamstring. He experienced immediate pain and was unable to continue. Over the next 24 hours he developed extensive bruising over his posterior thigh. There was a palpable defect in the proximal tendon. Findings X-ray images of the hip and [...]