FERW proudly supports Arsenal and England forward Beth Mead’s collaboration with Fifa to advance research on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries.

Mead, alongside her Arsenal teammate Vivianne Miedema, is set to share her experiences and insights gained from her own ACL injury recovery journey. The duo, both of whom faced ACL injuries in late 2022, are committed to contributing valuable knowledge to Fifa’s ongoing efforts to understand and prevent such injuries among footballers.

Beth Mead, renowned for her prowess on the pitch, emerged as a top scorer for England during Euro 2022 and was recognized as the Ballon d’Or runner-up before sustaining her ACL injury. Despite the setback, Mead’s resilience and determination have been evident in her successful return to the England squad in November 2023 and her impactful performances with Arsenal.

In a statement, Mead expressed her enthusiasm for collaborating with Fifa and her dedication to supporting research initiatives aimed at addressing ACL injuries in football. “There’s a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes that’s great,” said Mead. “I’m honored to be part of this collaboration with Fifa, and I hope that our contributions will help advance understanding and prevention of ACL injuries in football.”

ACL injuries have become a prevalent concern in the world of football, with notable players like Chelsea’s Sam Kerr, Mia Fishel, and Arsenal’s Leah Williamson among those affected. The rise in such injuries has prompted calls for increased awareness, research, and preventive measures to safeguard player welfare and promote long-term health in the sport.

FERW recognizes Mead’s commitment to player welfare and applauds her proactive approach in addressing critical issues affecting footballers worldwide. Through her collaboration with Fifa, Mead exemplifies the spirit of resilience and solidarity within the football community, embodying FERW’s mission of advocating for ethical recovery and wellness practices in football.


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