A clean bill of health
Amongst the FIFA delegation, there were only a few minor medical complaints during the tournament which were addressed by the LOC and FIFA doctors. Two participating teams made use of the possibility to substitute injured players during the course of the championship. One of the players sustained a knee injury, the other two a thumb fracture and an ankle injury respectively which did not allow them to continue to play.
It must be emphasised that the organisation and communication within the local medical services was excellent throughout the event.
Injuries during the tournament
All injuries that have occurred at FIFA tournaments since the 1998 FIFA World Cup™ have been monitored by F-MARC (FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre) using a strictly confidential injury reporting system, completed by the team physician following each match and collected by the FIFA Medical Officer. This information has been used for scientific purposes, in order to provide evidence concerning the cause and origin of the injury and possible preventative measures. We had a 100% compliance rate at this competition thanks to the excellent cooperation of the team physicians. Details will be published in the official report as they are not as yet available.
A total of 104 urine tests were carried out during the FIFA U-19 Women´s World Championship Canada 2002 with two players from each team undergoing doping controls after each of the games. All results were negative. The cooperation of the players, team physicians and all the responsible officials from the participating teams was excellent and underlined the joint commitment that exists in the fight against doping.
Finally, sincere thanks go to all the players, team physicians and members of the national team delegations, and to the Local Organising Committee for the support which have helped to make the FIFA U-19 Women´s World Championship Canada 2002 a success from a medical point of view.