Life saved in semi final of SAFF Championship 2013 by FIFA-supplied AED (FMEB – FIFA Medical Emergency Bag)

Preventing sudden cardiac death was a critical forum topic at the 2012 FIFA Medical Conference in Budapest.  Advocates argued that pitch-side automated external defibrillators (AED) be required at FIFA competitions all over the world. In the last 5 years, only 24 of 84 football players who suffered cardiac arrest survived. Tragically, there was no AED available at the stadium in 80% […]

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic – The passionate football star on physical health and team doctors

This interview was published in the Aspetar Sports Medicine Journal and is reproduced with the kind permission of Aspetar – Qatar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital. For information about the Aspetar Journal or for a complimentary hard copy email journal@aspetar.com INTERVIEW With Zlatan Ibrahimovic Not every athlete has had their name entered into the dictionary. Zlatan Ibrahimovic […]

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‘FIFA 11 for Health’ – a School-based Intervention in Mexico for the Prevention of Obesity and Non-communicable Diseases

By: Barriguete Melendez J A1, Dvorak J 2, Córdova Villalobos J A3, Juan Lopez M4, Davila Torres Javier5, Compeán Palacios J6, Junge A2 Fuller C W2, Valdés-Olmedo JC7. (See below for affiliations) Currently, in all regions of the world apart from Africa, more deaths are linked to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) than communicable diseases [WHO, 2010]. […]

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FIFA and education representatives join forces to combat childhood obesity and improve health

Congratulations to Mexican public schools representatives and FIFA, for leading the Latin American development of a joint initiative to combat childhood obesity and implement programs in schools to improve health. FIFA’s 11 for Health was launched in Mexico in summer of 2011: The “11 for Health” programme complements the Mexican government’s “5 Pasos por tu […]

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Hamstring injury mini-symposium (BJSM papers that will help you manage hamstring injuries).

Bruce Hamilton’s article (Hamstring muscle strain injuries: what can we learn from history? 2012;46: 900-903) is receiving a lot of attention. Current in this month’s BJSM print edition, >6,000 people have already downloaded and digested it (free full text!). This October issue has been shaped by the Australasian College of Sports Physicians, one of BJSM’s 8 […]

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Concussion management in England’s FA – better than it appears in new BJSM paper….

E-letter and update by Dr Ian Beasley (FFSEM) In response to: Jo Price, Peter Malliaras, Zoe Hudson. 2012. Current practices in determining return to play following head injury in professional football in the UK. Br J Sports Med 2012; 0: 201109068 (Original article). [this paper is Online First and is included in the upcoming November Print Issue […]

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Injuries will decide the English Premier League Title (once again!)

Guest Blog by Peter Brukner (@PeterBrukner)   What will determine who will win the 2012-13 Premier league title? Money, manager, quality of squad – all these factors are obviously important, but in the end when you look at the teams that have top quality squads – and I would probably include Man City, Man United, Chelsea, […]

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Dr John Orchard on the “metal staples – no local anaesthesia” – discussion. Guest Blog.

     Interchange laws, bleeding and apparently dying players @DrJohnOrchard I am very interested to have read the Blog by Drs Fowell and Earl (http://blogs.bmj.com/bjsm/2012/08/17/closing-soft-tissue-wounds-rapidly-at-pitchside-a-role-for-metal-skin-staples-without-anaesthesia/) about the use of staples to close lacerations on the side of the pitch in football matches. I used metal staples like this quite a few times myself in the […]

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Closing soft tissue wounds rapidly at pitchside – A role for metal skin staples without anaesthesia?

Guest Blog by Drs Christopher Fowell and Phillip Earl *Please also see the commentary from @DrJohnOrchard on this blog here * You  can vote on whether you think metal staples are a good idea via the BJSM ‘Current Issue’ page here:   You are working pitchside and your player receives a facial laceration. What are […]

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