FIFA defines player health and well-being strategy at the World Cup workshop

  • Team doctors participate in a two-day workshop at Al Janoub Stadium

  • Main topics discussed, including field emergency services and concussion protocol

  • FIFA Emergency Care Kits delivered

The doctors of the member association teams that qualified for this year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar gathered for a two-day workshop to discuss the FIFA comprehensive framework for medical services that will be implemented at the tournament to protect the health and safety of players – KONE.

The event was organized at Al Janoub Stadium and led by FIFA Medical Director, Dr. Andrew Massey, and included two distinct parts: the Emergency Medicine course at the FIFA Championship and an overview of all the medical services that will be provided on-site during the FIFA World Cup Qatar. 2022™. The latter included the new FIFA standard for emergency medical services on the field of play, specific concussion and cardiac assessment services and designated hospitals, as well as a tour of the player’s medical facilities and inspection of ambulances designated for critical care. The player clinic design and equipment in Qatar will be standardized across all venues to facilitate use of clinics by team physicians.

Participants also discussed the FIFA Medical Protocol relating to concussion, which is based on FIFA’s ‘suspect and protect’ doctrine. For the first time at the FIFA World Cup, an independent concussion assessment and rehabilitation service will be introduced in Qatar to provide an evidence-based assessment of any player who has suffered a brain injury, including recommendations from concussion experts regarding the player’s return to play. .

Additional measures implemented at the FIFA World Cup will include a medical restart tablet for each team doctor to review injury mechanics, a FIFA Medical Coordinator overseeing field services at each stadium, and an injury monitor, who will analyze anything relevant. Medical accidents from the media tribune. The injury monitor, who will also use video playback, will alert the FIFA Medical Coordinator to any signs of a potentially serious injury.

At the proposal of FIFA and after approval by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), each team will be allowed to use a maximum of one concussion substitute per match; This substitution can be made regardless of the number of substitutes actually used. This will lead to more support for the ‘suspect and protect’ approach.

Playground emergency services

A dedicated 24/7 sports cardiology service will also be provided to team physicians, enabling them to obtain an evaluation of any player with potentially heart-related symptoms.

“FIFA has established a robust framework for medical services for the FIFA World Cup in line with our principle that health comes first. The team doctors will be instrumental in maximizing the protection of players’ health, and this workshop was essential in terms of ensuring fruitful cooperation on a number of key topics, As Dr. Massey commented.

Doctors team workshop

Doctors Team Workshop at the FIFA World Cup

FIFA Member Associations will receive FIFA Emergency Care Kits Doctors from the participating member associations’ team have become the first recipients of the new FIFA emergency care bags. Featuring a variety of items, including an automated external defibrillator, the bags are designed to be mini clinics with all the equipment needed to handle any scenario requiring advanced life support, all stored in a logical and sequential manner.

“FIFA Emergency Care Kits play a key role as part of our concrete efforts to effectively treat injuries on the field and promote football as a healthy activity across our member associations,” added Massi. The emergency care kits will also be delivered to the remaining 179 member associations in the coming weeks.

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