HITG @ Football Medicine Conference

HITG @ Football Medicine Conference

Medicine Strategies Conference

HITG presents first results at international conference

The 25th Football Medicine Strategies Conference entitled ‘Return to Play’ took place in April at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Center in London. Over 2000 participants from 89 countries attended. The Head in the Game team was represented Annika Prien, who was invited to speak about the first results of the study, and Professor Jiří Dvořák, Chief Medical Officer at FIFA. Dvořák’s opinion of a fruitful three days:

The conference was a complete success, demonstrating the need for continuous education of doctors around the world, who are dealing with footballers or are actively involved as team physicians.

During a session dedicated to concussion and head injuries, Professor Jiří Dvořák presented the HITG study as part of FIFA’s current efforts to prevent and manage these injuries in football. According to the data provided by FIFA’s injury surveillance system, the concussion incidence is approximately one concussion per twenty games or 1.65 concussions per 1000 playing hours. Prospective monitoring of head and neck injuries, including concussions, was identified as a focus topic for the next Medicine Strategies Conference entitled “The Future of Football Medicine”, which will take place in Barcelona next year.


The goal of the Head in the Game project is to evaluate and improve long-term health in elite men's and women's football. The main question we seek to answer is: does a professional football career have any consequences for the musculoskeletal or neurocognitive health of former players?

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