Arsenal Star Beth Mead to Discuss ACL Injuries with FIFA for Guidance

Arsenal Star Beth Mead to Discuss ACL Injuries with FIFA for Guidance

Arsenal Star Beth Mead to Discuss ACL Injuries with FIFA for Guidance

English forward Beth Mead is collaborating with FIFA to share knowledge on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries alongside her Arsenal teammate Vivianne Miedema. Both players experienced ACL injuries at the end of 2022, causing them to miss last year’s Women’s World Cup. Mead, the Ballon d’Or runner-up and the top scorer at Euro 2022 with England before her injury, aims to shed light on the challenges of recovering from ACL injuries through a documentary.

Mead and Miedema have joined forces with others to gather more specific data on ACL injuries, aiming to contribute valuable insights beyond traditional online surveys. The initiative comes as notable players like Chelsea’s Sam Kerr, Mia Fishel, and Arsenal’s Leah Williamson have also faced ACL injuries this year.

The documentary explores Mead’s rigorous ACL recovery process and addresses the broader issue of ACL injuries in women’s football. Mead, 28, highlighted the lack of a definitive answer on the cause of these injuries and expressed a sense of responsibility among players to push for research and solutions.

Despite the challenges, Mead has returned to the England squad after a year-long hiatus, impressing in her comeback with Arsenal. She emphasized the slow and critical process of recovering from such injuries and acknowledged the mental and scheduling components as potential factors contributing to ACL injuries.

Mead also shared her thoughts on the intense playing schedules for international players, suggesting that the hectic schedules may be linked to the rise in ACL injuries. She called for a focus on player welfare and suggested that discussions and advocacy for better scheduling and rest opportunities are essential for players’ well-being.

Mead’s commitment to raising awareness and collaborating with FIFA reflects the broader concern for player welfare and injury prevention in women’s football.

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