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.

Want to reduce the risk of hamstring injuries by half?

Want to reduce the risk of hamstring injuries by half?

This systematic review and meta-analysis provides further evidence that incorporating Nordic hamstring exercises (NHE) into an injury prevention programme reduces the risk of hamstring injuries by more than half – in different sports and at different levels of sport1. Hamstring injuries are the most common muscle injury across varying sports (including football). They can cause [...]
Is heavy eccentric calf training the best treatment for Achilles tendinopathy?

Is heavy eccentric calf training the best treatment for Achilles tendinopathy?

Heavy eccentric calf training is a common treatment for mid-portion Achilles tendinopathy, however this systematic review and meta-analysis suggests the evidence supporting this is low and the true beneficial effect has not been well established. Strengthening programmes appear useful but other regimes may be at least as effective1. Mid-portion Achilles tendinopathy is often seen in [...]
Amy Rodriguez on returning to football after pregnancy

Amy Rodriguez on returning to football after pregnancy

A winner of the FIFA Women’s World CupTM, Amy Rodriguez is currently a forward for Utah Royals FC in the National Women’s Soccer League, for whom she sports the number 8. Amy discovered she was pregnant with her first child not long after winning her second Olympic gold medal at London 2012. Her second child was born in 2016. To mark today’s International Women’s Day, we asked Amy about the mental and physical challenges she faced when she resumed training and playing following her two pregnancies.

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 [...]