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Players’ Health
Playing football is fun. But it is even more fun when you are well prepared and perform at your best because you meet the needs of you body. This means optimal training, sufficient recovery time and, as important evenly, eating well.

But the fun can easily be spoiled by injuries. Whilst you cannot prevent injuries in general, there is a lot you can do to prevent certain injuries from happening to you in the first place and from happening again.

No doubt the fun will be all gone the moment you test positive in a doping control. It will not help you at all if this positive test was even due to ignorance, e.g. because you used a contaminated supplement. Whilst doping substances bear a considerable risk to your health and career, there is a way to enhance performance which is healthy and allowed: a balanced diet.

Make sure you can enjoy football without any limitations. The facts you need to know about clever training, preventing injuries, the right football food as well as the dangers of intentional and unintentional doping are to be found here. Learn how you get the most out of you favourite game!

Players’ health – Mission and Goals
FIFA views sports medicine as a key factor in the positive development and progress of football at all levels. Through the FIFA Medical and Research Centre (F-MARC), world football’s governing body plays an active role in sports medicine research, most notably in injury prevention and the fight against doping. FIFA publications, awareness campaigns and seminars and events help to disseminate medical expertise throughout the football family.

The 11+ – a complete warm up to prevent injuries
Warming up prior to playing and training is a matter of routine for any serious player. A smart warm-up not only improves your performance, but also helps you to prevent injuries. “The 11+”, the new injury prevention programme from FIFA’s Medical Assessment and Research Centre (F-MARC), provides a complete, football-specific warm-up and can easily be integrated into a daily training routine.

Health and fitness of the female player
The myths and prejudices surrounding women’s football are manifold, as are those concerning the risks and benefits for the health of female players. Objective data on these issues is still scarce, however, as most research is carried out on men. Consequently, most of the scientific recommendations for the women’s game have so far been based on research directed at men, which is not always appropriate or ideal.