About FIFA-Medical

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.

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 [...]
Impact of geographical origin upon the electrical and structural manifestations of the black athlete’s heart

Impact of geographical origin upon the electrical and structural manifestations of the black athlete’s heart

It is known that black athletes have an increased prevalence of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) on echocardiography and are more likely to have repolarization anomalies when compared with white athletes. It is not known whether this increased rate is universal, or whether substantial differences exist according to a player’s geographic origin. The aim of this [...]
Osteochondroma

Osteochondroma

Case This 24-year-old female football player presented with a long history of activity-related anterior knee pain. The pain was vague and poorly localised. It was typically aggravated by running, sitting for prolonged periods and by going down stairs. She had not noted any swelling, mechanical symptoms or instability. On examination she had poor single-leg stability, [...]
Os peroneum

Os peroneum

Case An eighteen-year-old football player presented with an insidious onset of localised lateral foot pain. He had recently started playing with his club’s first team and had increased his training volume. He was found to have localised tenderness over the lateral mid-foot and pain with resisted ankle eversion Findings X-ray images showed bilateral os peronei. [...]