The Players - First Program is based on a partnership with Duke University Sports Medicine, one of three (3) FIFA Centers of Excellence based in the USA.
FIFA accredits established centers that have demonstrated medical, educational and research expertise in the area of football. These include experience in the state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment of injuries, aftercare of injuries and, most importantly, prevention of injuries, expertise in football-specific medical assessments, mental and psychological strategies, nutrition, and anti-doping matters. All FMCEs have to undergo a strict selection process and also report annually on their activities. In 2017, 49 centers were successfully reaccredited.
The YPSL is proud to have such a distinguished organization providing critical information on athlete health related topics.