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Why is UEFA carrying out injury studies?
  1. Michel D'Hooghe
  1. Detailed information about the UEFA Elite Club Injury Study can be found here: http://www.uefa.org/protecting-the-game/medical/injury-study/index.html,
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michel D'Hooghe, Medical Committee, UEFA, Route de Genève 46, CH-1260 Nyon 2, Switzerland; michel.dhooghe{at}skynet.be

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Football is the most popular sport in the world, with more than 270 million people playing the game.1 However, injuries in football remain a major issue, especially given how much is at stake in the game.2 ,3 Awareness of injuries has increased over the years, and both UEFA and FIFA are concerned about the risk of injury and injury patterns in football, especially when it comes to the increasing numbers of hamstring injuries.4 ,5 Both governing bodies have highlighted the importance of professional medical support and stressed the need for greater football-specific medical expertise. They have therefore initiated and funded research aimed at safeguarding players' health and keeping them on the pitch.6

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