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Sports Medical Committee addresses increase in violent fouls

At a meeting held in Zurich on 20 March under the chairmanship of Michel D’Hooghe (Belgium), the FIFA Sports Medical Committee analyzed the increasing number of violent fouls in football and the proliferation of violent conduct on the pitch even at the end of a match, before considering the different measures that could be adopted to stop such incidents.
The committee also announced the organization by FIFA of a “Training and playing football in high altitude” consensus meeting of leading experts on high-altitude medicine to be held in October 2007, after which a recommendation based on scientific evidence on the subject is due to be adopted.
In addition, the Sports Medical Committee suggested that the FIFA Executive Committee consider the possibility of adopting a provisional measure regarding the maximum altitude at which matches may be played, with a view towards implementing this measure for those preliminary matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup TM that are scheduled to be played before the consensus meeting. At its meeting on 22 and 23 March, the Executive Committee decided to discuss this matter at their meeting in May.
In other matters, Jiri Dvorak, FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer, explained that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic Sports Federations had requested FIFA to oversee the introduction of the F-MARC system of injury assessment used by world football’s governing body in its competitions since the 1998 FIFA World Cup TM. It is envisaged that FIFA will participate of this system to all teams and individual sports following its success in the field of injury prevention, with a view towards implementing it at the Olympic Games.
Finally, the committee discussed the FUTURO III football medicine courses, stressing the importance of adapting them to local needs, focusing on practical presentations which are directly related to football and giving an incentive to the member association so that they recognize the vital role of doctors and support their work.