Special issue on articular cartilage injury in the football (soccer) player
More than 300 million play soccer across the globe and while the game is one of fast footwork, two organizations are trying to make sure these athletes stay on their feet. Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS) have teamed up on this special supplement that examines the effects of articular cartilage injury and degeneration in soccer players. The editors confirm that this issue provides a compact reference for players, coaches, medical staff, and researchers working with football players, it is intended to act as a catalyst for the advancement of science and education of cartilage injury in soccer. This supplement builds upon FIFA’s successful 11+ program that is an easy-to-follow, standardized warm-up routine that helps all levels of soccer athletes reduce injury.