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Five New FIFA Medical Centres opened

Building on the success of the first FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence opened at the Schulthess Clinic in Zurich in May 2005, FIFA has now accredited five further official medical centres with a view to ensuring that players on all continents know where to go for expert football medical care, ranging from the prevention of injury and early detection of risk factors for sudden cardiac death through to state-of-the-art diagnosis and therapy. Starting with the Santa Monica rthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group in Santa Monica, USA, on 10 December 2007 and the St fvlarianna University School of Medicine in Kawasaki, Japan, on 14 December 2007, further inaugurations are planned early this year with the adidas Sports Medicine Centre in Auckland, the Centre for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and the Orthocentre of the Technical University in Munich.
All five centres were carefully selected on the basis of a comprehensive application procedure to prove their clinical, educational and research expertise as well as their practical involvement in the care of teams and their active commitment to preventing injuries.
“FIFA is committed to protecting and improving the health of football players worldwide,” said Dr Michel D’Hooghe, chairman of the FIFA Sports Medical Committee. “We consider effective prevention and accurate diagnosis as top priorities and we are making a strong commitment by offering these centres of excellence to every player looking for therapy or a second opinion on a specific illness or injury.”
“Over the past twelve years, F-MARC has accumulated a considerable body of knowledge through our medical research programme,” explained Professor Jiri Dvorak, FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer and chairman of the FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre (F-MARC). “Now we have to ensure that this knowledge is practically implemented so that players can fully benefit from top-class prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. We also want to educate and train the next generation of clinical specialists and scientists committed to football medicine.”
Established way back in 1994, F-MARC devised “The 11″ programme for the prevention of injuries that is now successfully being implemented in several countries around the world. Further information on this programme and on the FIFA Medical Centres of Excellence is available on