Referees (and assistant referees) are an essential part of any football match. Compared with the players, officials are generally older and are more likely to sustain overuse injuries. These differences mean that they often need to be managed differently to the players. Match officials are also athletes and should be supported by a sports medicine team – in the same way the players are. Injury prevention strategies should also be encouraged in this group.

Listen to a talk from expert physiotherapist Mario Bizzini about how to manage referees and assistant referees.