Football doctors across Europe are benefitting from the UEFA Football Doctor Education Programme (FDEP), which involves the dissemination of crucial information and expertise among the sports medical community for the overall good of the game.
The Football Federation of Macedonia (FFM) organised a doctors' workshop in Skopje which was attended by 24 of the country's club and national team doctors, with the diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries the focal point.
Course leader Dr Ilija Stoilov, chairman of the FFM medical committee, was joined by four doctors and medical experts in the specific field to examine diagnosis and treatment of muscle, groin, knee and ankle injuries. The workshop also discussed the results of the 2014/15 UEFA Elite Club Injury Study, which provides football-specific data that contributes to the daily work of treating and preventing injuries.
The workshop emphasised the need for players to receive a consistently high level of medical care and support, with good skills and knowledge vital in helping doctors to do their work. The FDEP programme and related pan-continental national courses mean content filters down through UEFA's member associations.
In addition to injury diagnosis and treatment, other programme topics include on-field medical emergencies, roles and responsibilities of the football doctor, prevention and rehabilitation of injuries, psychology, football nutrition and the anti-doping campaign within European football. The FDEP's content and educational material has been developed in co-operation with UEFA's Medical Committee and renowned sports medicine experts.
Participants take tests at the end of each course to evaluate the degree of skills and knowledge obtained. The evaluation is important, because in addition to learning essential skills, all participants are subsequently in a position to 'cascade' their own version of the course down to doctors in their own country.
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