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The health challenges in professional football

09.30 Arrivals and refreshments

Morning session

Moderator: Vincent Gouttebarge

10.30 - Opening
Jonas Baer-Hoffmann - World Players’ Union FIFPRO
Vincent Gouttebarge - World Players’ Union FIFPRO | Amsterdam University Medical Centers

10.45 - Lower extremity injuries in professional football: cartilage alert?
Gino Kerkhoffs - Amsterdam University Medical Centers

11.10 - Heading and concussion: what about the brain of professional footballers?
Edwin Goedhart - Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB)

11.35 - Health and performance: the QPR experience
Imtiaz Ahmad - Queens Park Rangers FC

12.00 - The years before transitioning out of football: view of a football legend
Marco van Basten - AFC Ajax | AC Milan
Thor Einar Andersen - Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center
Vincent Gouttebarge - FIFPRO | Amsterdam University Medical Centers

12.30 - Lunch

Afternoon session

Moderator: Jussi Rantanen

13.30 - The years after transitioning out of football: view of a football legend
Marco van Basten - AFC Ajax, AC Milan
Charlotte Cowie - The Football Association, England
Gino Kerkhoffs - Amsterdam University Medical Centers

14.00 - The "broken heart" of professional footballers
Luis Serratosa - Hospital Universitario Quironsalud Madrid Ripoll

14.25 - Mental health symptoms among transitioning professional footballers
Vincent Gouttebarge - FIFPRO | Amsterdam University Medical Centers

14.50 - Refreshments

15.20 - Arsenal’s effort towards healthy elite professional footballers
Gary O’Driscoll - Arsenal FC

15.45 - The concept of an exit-career medical examination
Sean Carmody - Queens Park Rangers FC

16.00 - Design of the longitudinal Drake football study
Vincent Gouttebarge - FIFPRO | Amsterdam University Medical Centers

16.15 Closing remarks
Jonas Baer-Hoffmann - FIFPRO
Vincent Gouttebarge - FIFPRO | Amsterdam University Medical Centers


The Speakers

Imtiaz Ahmad (England)

Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad is the Head of Medical Services at Queens Park Rangers FC and Co-Chairman of the FA Medical Society (SE). He has previously worked at Tottenham Hotspur FC, Millwall FC and The FA. He has a special interest in communication and mental health in professional football.

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Thor Einar Andersen (Norway)

Prof. Thor Einar Andersen is a former professional football player and team doctor of the Norway men national team. He is currently professor at the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, consultant in Sports and Rehabilitation Medicine and Chief Medical Officer of The Football Association of Norway.

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Jonas Baer-Hoffmann (Germany)

Mr. Jonas Baer-Hoffmann is Director Policy and Strategic Relations at the World Players’ Union (FIFPro). He is also the Secretary General of FIFPro Division Europe.

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Marco van Basten (The Netherlands)

Mr. Marco van Basten scored 301 goals for AFC Ajax, AC Milan and the Netherlands. He won three European cups, three Ballons d'Or trophies and the 1988 European championship. He was coach of Ajax and the Dutch national team.

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Sean Carmody (England)

Dr. Sean Carmody is the Academy Doctor at Queens Park Rangers FC, and Secretary of the FA Medical Society. In addition to his medical degree, he has a degree in Sport & Exercise Science from Loughborough University. Sean has been capped twice for the Ireland senior international rugby league team.

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Charlotte Cowie (England)

Dr. Charlotte Cowie is sports physician who is leading as Head of Medicine of the medical department of the English Football Association (FA).

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Edwin Goedhart (The Netherlands)

Dr. Edwin Goedhart is sports physician and manager of the Sports Medicine department at the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB). He is the physician of the Dutch national men's team.

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Vincent Gouttebarge (The Netherlands)

Dr. Vincent Gouttebarge is a former professional footballer in France and The Netherlands. Currently he is Chief Medical Officer at FIFPRO. He also works at the Amsterdam University Medical Centers (Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & AMC/VUmc IOC Research Center of Excellence).


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Gino Kerkhoffs (The Netherlands)

Prof. Gino Kerkhoffs is orthopaedic surgeon and professor at the Amsterdam University Medical Centers, being the chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. He is also the co-chair of the AMC/VUmc IOC Research Center of Excellence.

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Gary O’Driscoll (England)

Dr. Gary O’Driscoll is the club physician of Arsenal FC’s men first team. He is also the Head of Medical Services at Arsenal FC.


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Luis Serratosa (Spain)

Dr. Luis Serratosa is sports physician working at the Hospital Universitario Quironsalud Madrid and Ripoll & De Prado FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence. He was the first team physician at Real Madrid CF from 2001 to 2013.

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