2.4.4. Injury, Prevention Etc

Injury, Prevention, Disability, Long-Term Effect, De-Training

Injuries in football need an industry-tailored approach

The risk of injury for footballers is far higher than in the majority of other occupations and can have a lasting impact on a player’s career. FIFPRO is continuously researching the causes and overall impact of injuries in the game as well as their long-term effects, ensuring that both preventative and supportive measures are in place to support players.

What you should know

Injuries can have a greater impact on footballers than other members of the population

Lack of recovery time coupled with inconsistent standards of playing surfaces and equipment can trigger injuries and aggravate their consequences on short- and long-term (e.g., osteoarthritis)

Continuous research is necessary to set industry standards

FIFPRO collaborates with a variety of health professionals to thoroughly investigate the effects on injuries on both a player’s physical and mental health. This research provides principles and guidelines for best practice at all stages of a player’s career – including the period of transitioning out of football which can be especially difficult to navigate.

There are a number of challenges to contend with

Issues such as medical facilities, fixture schedules, and playing surfaces (such as the use of artificial turf) need to be addressed in terms of how they contribute to both sustaining and recovering from injuries. These conditions are particularly prominent in the women’s game, where financial inequality has led to insufficient care.

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