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Two days remain before the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada kicks off. Though questions persist over the use of artificial turf as a playing surface FIFPro is looking forward to a great event which can be a next step in the ongoing development of the women's game.

FIFPro will also closely observe the physical condition of all players participating and is anxious to find out whether the upward trend of injury risk seen during the past three World Cups will continue.

The previous three tournaments show a clear trend of a steady increase in the mean number of injuries per match, rising from 1.7 injury per match in 2003 to 2.3 in 2011. This trend found in the women's game is in contrast with the trend observed in the men's game, where player injuries have decreased overall (from 2.7 in 2002 to 1.7 in 2014).

FIFPro has noted that the 2015 World Cup will be without some of the world's top players. The most notable absentee is Nadine Kessler, the reigning Best Female Player in the World. The German midfielder and team captain is recovering from a knee injury. Other prominent players who will have to watch from the sidelines due to injury include Caroline Hansen, Ingvild Stensland (both Norway), Bruna Benites and Debinha (both Brazil), Luisa Wensing (Germany), Hanna Folkesson (Sweden), Diana Matheson (Canada), Yang Li (China), Claudia van den Heiligenberg and Siri Worm (both the Netherlands). The biggest star on the American team, Alex Morgan, is not yet fully fit, as she is trying to regain fitness after suffering a left knee contusion, though she will participate.

Is it all a mere coincidence, or is there an explanationfor the increase in injuries in women's football? These are questions which FIFPro and its Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Vincent Gouttebarge, would like to have answered. In his new blog, Dr. Gouttebarge views injuries in women's professional football through a scientific lens.

Click here to read Dr. Gouttebarge's latest blog.

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