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Focus On Player Health

At a meeting held in Zurich on 17 March 2008 under the chairmanship of FIFA Executive Committee member Dr Michel D’Hooghe (Belgium), the FIFA Medical Committee focused on the health of players and on the importance of education related to football medicine in order to prevent injuries and disease as well as to improve standards of care.
FIFA President Josephs. Blatter, who opened the meeting, updated the members on medical-related matters that had recently been discussed by the football family, including the ratification of the decisions taken by the FIFA Executive Committee on playing football at high altitude and a meeting with WADA President John Fahey at the Home of FIFA in Zurich. The FIFA President also encouraged the committee to continue its good work, in particular in the important task of preserving players’ health, and announced that in order to demonstrate the importance of football medicine to the daily life of players, one day at the FIFA Congress 2009 would be entirely dedicated to this topic, in particular to the prevention and appropriate management of football-related injuries. Professor Jiri Dvorak, FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer, announced that the third International Football Medicine Conference would take place in Sun City (South Africa) from 19 to 21 February 2010. He also confirmed that the third consensus meeting on concussion in sport, organised together with the IOC, IIHF and IRB, would be hosted at the Home of FIFA in Zurich on 30 October 2008.