n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Football medicine : guest editorial




Hearing and reading the words '2010' in our country, and indeed around the world, conjures up many images and thoughts in many facets, but with one core element - football - and specifically, the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. Since the announcement in 2004 that we would be hosting the largest sporting extravaganza in the universe, the buzz and activity has now reached its climax. As participation in football at many levels increases and maintains its status as the most popular sport in the world, FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) uses the many benefits of playing football (the beautiful game) to promote health, community engagement and the betterment of the world. A negative reality is of course that participants are prone to getting injured, and since the announcement that South Africa would be hosting the World Cup, many players at all ages and of both genders will have sustained injuries. Most will fortunately have been minor, while others may have affected not only their careers, but also their lives. In this special edition of CME, dedicated to the game of football, we address many medical aspects, including football-related injuries, emergencies, medical conditions and travel. It is with great pride that I can offer this array of articles by such distinguished academics, clinicians and experienced authors who have an abundant insight in their respective topics, and who have so eloquently conveyed this knowledge in a practical and useful manner to the reader.


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