The Secret Balance of Champions

Are you an elite athlete? Are you interested in the stories of health challenges elite athletes might encounter during or after their career? Make sure you don't miss the new international book titled "The Secret Balance of Champions, Health Challenges in Elite Sport". 
Get inspired by the unique reflection of 32 champions. Check out their interviews in the videos!

Marco van Basten

Marianne Timmer

Marit Bjørgen

Florence Schelling

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Apolo Anton Ohno

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Book release livestream

On Thursday February 4th 2021, the book was released through a livestream. Athletes from the book made an appearance to share their story and the first copy of the book was handed to Marco van Basten. The stream was recorded and is available to watch.

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FIFPro Press Release

On Monday 25 January 2021, FIFPro published their Press Release in which they announced they will be hosting the online launch of the new book "The Secret Balance of Champions – Health Challenges in Elite Sport", by Vincent Gouttebarge, Gino Kerkhoffs and Margriet de Schutter.

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About the book


'The Secret Balance of Champions' explores the health challenges elite athletes might face during or after their career. This book is based on eight chapters compiled by some of the best sports 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!

Featuring: Petr Czech, Mo Farah, Marianne Timmer, Kiki Bertens, Dwight Phillips, Ila Borders, Pieter van den Hoogenband, Geremi Njitap Fotso, Danka Barteková, Arjen Robben, Maarten van der Weijden, Abhinav Bindra, Lydia Williams, Evgeniy Levchenko, Marit Bjørgen, Niccoló Campriani, Dorian van Rijsselberghe, Epke Zonderland, Blake Leeper, Elise Christie, Nouchka Fontijn, Zanele Mdodana, Florence Schelling, Alistair Overeem, Sarah Gregorius, Willie Gault, Chris Hoy, Steven Kitshoff, Jetze Plat, Suresh Raina, Apolo Anton Ohno, Chris Froome, and foreword by Marco van Basten.

Push Sports is very proud to co-sponsor this unique project

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About the authors

‘The Secret Balance of Champions’ was created and co-written by Vincent Gouttebarge (FIFPRO Chief Medical Officer), Gino Kerkhoffs (Orthopaedic surgeon within elite sport at Amsterdam UMC, the Netherlands) and Margriet de Schutter (former Dutch short track speed skater and founder of, an online platform for active and former elite athletes).


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