Jan
20
2008
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Women On A Level Playng Field

The players in the F!FA Women’s World Cup China 2007 thrilled observers with their speed, technique and athleticism. In this regard, women may now be the equal of their male counterparts, but unfortunately that also applies to injuries.
The myths and prejudices surrounding women’s football are manifold, as are those concerning the risks and benefits for the health of female players. Objective data on these issues is still scarce, however, as most research is carried out on men. Consequently, most of the scientific recommendations for the women’s game have so far been based on research directed at men, which is not always appropriate or ideal.
“With that in mind, the FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre (F-MARC) decided to review and summarise current scientific knowledge on health issues concerning women players for the nrst time. Drawing on its own research data from the past ten years, a comprehensive F-MARC report was recently published in the August 2007 issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine* (guest authors Jiri Dvorak, Astrid Junge, Colin Fullor and Paul McCrory) while also serving as the basis for a booklet for players and coaches that was published to coincide with the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2007.