The Secret Balance of Champions explores the health challenges that elite athletes might face during or after their career. This book, sponsored by FIFPRO, The Drake Foundation, ACES and Push Sports, is based on eight chapters compiled by some of the best sport and medical experts in the world, and offers the unique reflections of 32 champions. A must read for everyone who wants to get the most out of their potential!

The common ambition of the editors – Margriet de Schutter, Gino Kerkhoffs and Vincent Gouttebarge – to provide elite athletes with better support led to their alliance and objective to create «The Secret Balance of Champions: Health Challenges in Elite Sport», a book in which elite athletes themselves are able to share their stories and experiences. Featuring Marco van Basten, Petr Cech, Mo Farah, Marianne Timmer, Kiki Bertens, Dwight Phillips and many more.

The chapters of the book focus on the challenges, symptoms, effects, consequences, implementation, management and prevention of:

  • Detraining
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Physical Activity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Nutrition and Substance Use
  • Mental Health Symptoms
  • Neurocognitive Functioning
  • Dual Career Pathways

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