Canada Soccer congratulates FIFA Medical Centres of Excellence at McGill University, University of British Columbia
Posted on 1 September 2016 in FIFA
At separate events in Montreal and Vancouver this week, Canada Soccer joined FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dr. Jiří Dvořák at inauguration ceremonies recognizing McGill University and University of British Columbia FIFA Medical Centres of Excellence.
FIFA Medical Centres of Excellence must demonstrate leadership in soccer medicine through a strict selection process. Accreditation is granted for a period of five years, during which all centres report annually on their activities.
“On behalf of Canada Soccer, we would like to thank FIFA and both, McGill and UBC for the establishment of the FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence here in Canada. These centres will support Canada as a leading soccer nation and the growth and development of the game in our country,” said Canada Soccer President, Victor Montagliani.
The FIFA designation serves as an endorsement of the centre’s ability to offer expert treatment for injuries and guidance on injury prevention for soccer players, from elite levels to youths. It also enables the centre to offer FIFA-certified courses on injury prevention, rehabilitation, strength and flexibility training to soccer coaches, athletes, physicians and therapists.
“UBC in Vancouver is a highly respected academic institution and jointly with McGill University in Montreal, we are proud and motivated to support the development of Football Medicine in Canada, knowing well the strategy of Canada Soccer under the Presidency of Victor Montagliani,” said Professor Dr. Dvořák
Through the Centres’ education programs, the importance of training principles, nutrition, and sport-specific movement preparation will contribute to injury prevention for Canada’s soccer over 850,000 registered players of all ages.