• FIFPRO and health technology expert IDOVEN launch innovative partnership
• Men’s and women’s players to be provided with complimentary resource to perform voluntary heart monitoring
• Pilot programme to initially last for one season, with option to be extended
FIFPRO and IDOVEN have launched a strategic partnership to improve player health safeguards against cardiac arrest and other heart-related risks.
The FIFPRO x IDOVEN Player Heart Monitoring Service pilot programme will provide players with a complimentary resource to perform voluntary heart monitoring.
The initiative will provide a heath service for men’s and women’s players who do not have access to heart monitoring and screening services. Elsewhere, it will complement existing medical health and safety requirements such as mandatory ECGs or echocardiography.
The pilot programme will initially last for one season with the option to be extended.
“Any initiative related to the protection and health of our players is very important, especially around a topic like this, and that’s why we need to invest in the right resources,” said FIFPRO President David Aganzo.
“This programme we have launched with IDOVEN will help many players gain access to the latest technology when it comes to cardiac monitoring. They should have the best-possible safety measures as their careers progress.”
“The health and wellbeing of players is of paramount importance,” said FIFPRO Deputy General Secretary Simon Colosimo.
“We’re delighted to be teaming up with IDOVEN, who are experts in health technology. This forward-thinking partnership will increase player access to cardiac monitoring and help re-define the way cardiac arrhythmias are detected.”
“We are inspired to partner with FIFPRO to help protect the health of professional football players, both women and men, on six different continents,” said cardiologist, co-founder and CEO of IDOVEN Dr. Manuel Marina Breysse.
“Through this partnership, FIFPRO, the players, their national unions, and IDOVEN’s cloud technology come together to create the first global digital platform for remote heart screening. This alliance will enable us to pioneer remote heart monitoring for elite athletes to screen and prevent heart disease on a global scale.”
How will the programme work?
FIFPRO will provide the heart monitoring service to 15 national player unions. Each participating union will be able to distribute the Player Heart Monitoring Service to around 18 players.
Over a period of 24 hours, players will wear heart monitoring equipment when performing daily activities. The more beats that are recorded, the more data that is collected.
The data will be analysed by IDOVEN’s artificial intelligence technology and its network of cardiology experts.
Results will then be shared with the player. Players will remain in full control over their data and no personal medical records will be shared with any football stakeholder.
For an in-depth look at the pilot project, as well as instructions on how to apply the equipment, see HERE.