First Fifa Medical Centre Opened
FIFA has been working with this clinic of world renown for many years. The new FIFA Medical Centre will therefore benefit from the existing infrastructure and expertise of those working at the clinic and it is hoped that the centre will become a reference point for football injuries and prevention. There are also plans to implement this strategy worldwide by setting up further centres in various locations.
The FIFA Medical Centre will assist world football’s governing body in its long-term fight against doping. In 2004, a network of approximately 200 FIFA doctors conducted 22,500 doping tests worldwide.
By setting up the first FIFA Medical Centre, FIFA has underlined its unquestionable commitment to this particular area. Last year, the FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre (F-MARC), which was created by Joseph S. Blatter after the 1994 FIFA World Cup™, celebrated its tenth anniversary. Furthermore, FIFA’s latest development programme, FUTURO III, regularly organises medical courses for FIFA member associations.
The FIFA Medical Centre will generally be open to everyone and will offer a football-specific diagnosis service, as well as therapy, with second opinions on specific illnesses and injuries forming a key part of the service. “We hope that such examinations will enable us to discover symptoms that could have fatal consequences in football, such as sudden cardiac arrest, for example,” said Professor Jiri Dvorak (Switzerland), FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer.
For the FIFA President, the further development of football is one of FIFA's main aims. “Football medicine has a key role to play and for that reason, the creation of the first FIFA Medical Centre is yet another milestone and a further tool to help us meet the challenges that medicine poses for the world of football.”
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