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UEFA contributes vigorously to football medicine, prevention of injuries and sports science. All of UEFA's medical projects are managed by UEFA's medical unit under the direction of the UEFA Medical Committee—13 highly respected specialist football doctors from around Europe. Here I outline five projects whereby UEFA advances the medical aspect of football and summarise UEFA's position on the role of football doctors.
The UEFA Elite Club Injury Study: Cornerstone project since 2001
The UEFA Elite Club Injury Study project was initiated in 2001 and has been led by Professor Jan Ekstrand, and by the Football Research Group, see editorial.1
The UEFA Football Doctor Education Programme: sharing expertise and techniques
UEFA's Football Doctor Education Programme (FDEP) transmits vital information and expertise among the European sports medical community. This three-part programme teaches key skills to doctors from all 54 of UEFA's member associations. The programme adopts a blended learning approach, marrying (1) face-to-face workshops where doctors learn and practise techniques with (2) an online e-learning support platform …