About the study

The Drake Football Study will be the most comprehensive study to-date to measure the mental and physical health of professional footballers over time and will be officially launched at a dedicated symposium to be held in London in October 2019.

The study will be part-funded by a number of collaborators in addition to founding funder The Drake Foundation, and will involve partners from across Europe, including the World Players’ Union (FIFPRO), Amsterdam University Medical Centers (both the Netherlands) and Mehiläinen NEO Hospital (Finland).

The research team will be led by Vincent Gouttebarge (Chief Medical Officer at FIFPRO) and Gino Kerkhoffs (Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Amsterdam University Medical Centers). Researchers will gather epidemiological data on musculoskeletal, neurocognitive, cardiovascular and mental health trends of professional footballers over their pre- and post-retirement years, with data collection anticipated to run for a minimum of 10 years.

It is hoped that this longitudinal study – the first of its kind – will provide new insights into players’ health across their careers and into retirement. This information could ultimately enable health professionals to develop preventative and curative measures for future generations of players, as well as wider society.

Further information on the study will be released in line with the October symposium – more information on the symposium can be found here and the registration form here.

If you would like more information on the longitudinal study, please send an email to drakefootballstudy@fifpro.org

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