Latest medical devices minimize injuries at FIFA 2014

Published By : 02 Jul 2014 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

This year’s FIFA World Cup has witnessed new and advanced technology coming to the fore, the most popular being the goal-line technology. With special focus on the physical and mental conditions on the players, there has been an increase in the number of doctors and coaches as well as medical devices that have ensured minimum injury and improved efficiency. 

The U.S. football team, in its recent World Cup match against Belgium, was supervised by a team of physicians using a GPS tracking device that tracked the players’ movements avoiding major injuries. The matchbox-sized device also measured the distance covered by the players and their stress and workload.

While one device, strapped to the players’ head, tracks how much REM sleep the player gets each night, there is another method that identifies a sportsperson’s breathing pattern while sleeping and helps to check exertion and exhaustion. There are other devices that keep a check on hydration, heart rates and motor skills of the players.

Sports medicine has seen a tremendous growth in recent years, and the latest technologies and equipment have reduced the incidence of match injuries tremendously. Based on a study led by FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer, the number of injuries per match in this year’s World Cup has come down to two per match from 2.7 per game. 

The medical authorities at FIFA have always ensured the safety of its players’ health. However, after Alvaro Pereira, one of Uruguay’s top players was knocked unconscious on the field, the team of doctors, physicians and coaches at FIFA have stepped up precautionary measures to minimize major injury on and off the field.
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