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Over the past twenty-two years, F-MARC has published more than 400 articles in peer-reviewed journals. These have covered a broad variety of topics, ranging from injury incidents at different levels of the sport, injury prevention, the use of football as a form of health intervention, and the effects of playing football in a variety of environmental conditions.

 

The primary objective of this diploma is to help disseminate this evidence-based information and to improve the care of football players and other athletes around the globe. The diploma is free of charge, 100% online and allows the possibility for users to complete it at their own pace.

 

The last major survey showed that there are almost 300 million football players, in 209 countries around the world. F-MARC’s research has shown that on average each player sustains approximately two injuries per year. This means that there are more than 600 million football-related injuries worldwide every year. By applying the lessons and experience from F-MARC’s studies, it should be possible to reduce the risk of injury and improve treatment of these substantially. For example, if we were able to implement the “FIFA 11+” injury-prevention programme on a global scale, we could reduce the number of injuries by between 30% and 50%. By treating injuries more effectively, we would be able to reduce substantially the associated morbidity. In some situations, for example, managing sudden cardiac arrest more effectively can also help us to save lives.

 

The content of the course is designed primarily for doctors and other health practitioners who have little or no sports-medicine background. There is, however, material that will appeal to anyone with an interest in sports medicine. Each module is written by a group of international experts, most of whom are associated with a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence, on a specific topic. The authors share written and media content (including audio and video lectures), providing links to journal articles and other resources. High-profile players also share their experiences after suffering an injury and what they learned during recovery.

 

While the diploma is designed to be completed as a whole, it can be used in a variety of ways. For example, you might want to learn specifically about a particular area and complete a single lesson or module only. By completing the FIFA Diploma in Football Medicine, you will be able to demonstrate your interest in football medicine, improve the standard of care you provide to your patients and help develop your national football association.

 

On behalf of F-MARC, I hope you enjoy completing this diploma and make full use of the benefits. Please feel free to provide feedback to help us improve in using the embedded links.

 

I wish to thank all the experts for sharing their expertise and time, with the common objective of improving the medical care of football players worldwide.

 

Special thanks also to the editor, Dr Mark Fulcher, a sports physician from Auckland, New Zealand. This online course would not have been made possible without his invaluable contribution. I wish to express my gratitude also to his associate, Alexis Weber from the FIFA Medicine & Science Department, and Conrad von Grebel from Zurich, who translated the specialist medical knowledge into internet-friendly content.

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Prof. Jiří Dvořák

FIFA Chief Medical Officer
F-MARC Chairman

Prof. Jiří Dvořák
FIFA Chief Medical Officer
F-MARC Chairman

Prof. Jiří Dvořák
FIFA Chief Medical Officer
F-MARC Chairman