German football federation to study former players' health in attempt to better understand long-term effects of sport

  • Germany has launched a study of professional football players health after retirement in an attempt to understand the long-term effects of the game

  • The German football federation, the league, and a major insurance institution have teamed up to invest 450,000 euros ($495,000) to study 300 former players over three years

  • They will undergo the same hours-long examinations including an ultrasound of the heart and magnetic resonance imaging scans as used in a long-running study of over 200,000 more people across Germany

Frankfurt: Germany has launched a study of professional football players’ health after retirement in an attempt to understand the game’s long-term effects.

 German football federation to study former players health in attempt to better understand long-term effects of sport

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The German football federation, the league, and a major insurance institution have teamed up to invest 450,000 euros ($495,000) to study 300 former players over three years.

Aged between 40 and 69, the players must have competed in Germany’s top two men’s divisions, its top women’s league or a foreign league of comparable status.

They will undergo the same hours-long examinations — including an ultrasound of the heart and magnetic resonance imaging scans — as used in a long-running study of over 200,000 more people across Germany. That will allow more insight into how players differ from the general population.

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Updated Date: Nov 26, 2019 18:47:55 IST