The health condition of football players across the globe has receivedÂ the attention of theÂ World football governing body, FIFA.
FIFA recently heldÂ a 2-day medical conference to promote the health of players in Zurich.
Nigerian representatives to theÂ FIFA medical conference in Zurich, NFF head ofÂ Medical Committee, Dr. Peter Singabele andÂ Secretary-General, Dr. Bolaji Ojo-Oba,Â described the initiative as the best thing to happen to active football players across the world.
The two football personalities were among the administrators from FIFA 208 associations who attended the two-day medical conference in Zurich.
According to Dr.Â Singabele, FIFA is using the popularity of football to promote the health of football players through the medical conference.
FIFA held its first ever Medical Conference last weekend in Zurich, with more than 470 leading administrators and physicians from FIFA member associations across the globe. The event aimed to motivate decision-makers to integrate the FIFA global mission for the safety and health of football players into their national programmes.
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, who opened and closed the conference, urged the delegates to seek to implement the knowledge shared by FIFAâ€™s Medical Assessment and Research Centre (F_MARC) and FIFAâ€™s Medical Committee to not only prevent injuries in football but also make efforts to generate healthy communities.
FIFAâ€™s â€œFootball for Healthâ€ programme goes far beyond the football pitch and pursues goals such as the prevention of communicable and non_communicable diseases that ravage communities in developing nations.
The prevention of sudden cardiac death through pre_competition medical assessments, age determination of players, new strategies in the fight against doping, playing football at high altitude, as well as the impact of fasting on playing were all among the key discussion topics of the first day.