Hountondji, 27, is a centre-back for Clermont Foot, recently promoted to France’s Ligue 1.
During preseason training recently, he spoke to us about why he decided to participate in the study that will track the mental wellbeing of 90 men and 60 women players, along with the functioning of their brain, heart and muscles.
The study aims to improve knowledge about the physiology of footballers during their careers, and the first years after they stop playing.
FIFPRO Chief Medical Officer Prof. Vincent Gouttebarge is leading the research project, which is being co-funded by the Drake Foundation (England), healthcare company Mehilainen (Finland) and Push Sports (The Netherlands).
How did you hear about the FIFPRO study?
Professor Gouttebarge contacted me through a teammate, who was part of the study, and asked me to participate. I like the purpose of the project, which is to help the next generation of players.
It’s also interesting for me personally. I like to talk to the club doctors, ask questions and learn about the science behind health and injuries.