Doha, 23 July 2023 - As the thrilling FIFA Women’s World Cup takes the sporting world by storm, Aspetar, the leading orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital in Qatar, recently released its Sports Medicine Journal Volume 12, dedicated exclusively to women’s football.
The journal boasts an impressive array of topics. From advocating for change in women’s soccer to offering insightful interviews with prominent figures, this edition strives to elevate the status of female football and address crucial medical and scientific considerations.
One of the key highlights of the journal is an inspiring interview with Jill Ellis, a trailblazer in the football world. As a highly successful coach, Ellis has made history by leading the United States Women’s National Team to consecutive World Cup victories.
Additionally, the journal features an enlightening conversation with Sandra Doreleijers, the current Women’s Football Head Coach of PSV Eindhoven and a former Dutch National Team Player. Doreleijers has also promoted the growth of women’s football in her country.
The importance of research on cardiovascular adaptations and cardiac risks in female football players is also explored within the publication. As women’s football continues to gain prominence, understanding and mitigating potential health risks become critical for safeguarding players’ well-being.
Moreover, the journal delves into the role of team physicians in elite female football.
It also covers topics such as football injury management and football podiatry.
Editor-in-chief of the Sports Medicine Journal, Prof Nebojsa Popovic MD PhD, stressed the significance of women’s football in reshaping the sports landscape and breaking gender barriers.
He acknowledges the remarkable progress made by women’s national teams and clubs over the past decade, making a profound impact on young girls worldwide. However, despite this surge in popularity, there remains a notable dearth of scientific research and literature dedicated to injuries, mental health, and prevention specific to Women’s Football.
“Football is traditionally seen as a male-dominated sport. The success of any sport lies in its ability to engage a diverse range of participants. In recent years, Women’s Football has emerged as a powerful force, captivating audiences, and empowering female athletes. This wave of change is not only reshaping the game but also challenging societal norms, promoting gender equality, and inspiring millions of young women and girls around the globe. It is high time that we recognize and embrace the incredible potential of women’s football, fostering its growth and providing equal opportunities for female athletes to excel,” he said.
Moreover, Prof Popovic expressed his hopes that the journal’s latest volume will serve as a valuable resource for the football medicine community, prioritising the health and well-being of female players.
“I hope that this issue Women’s Football will serve as a resource for the football medicine community to protect the health of female players.”
The Sports Medicine Journal Volume 12 is free to download via aspetar.com.