Gelenkpunkt Innsbruck, the Department for Sport Science at the University of Innsbruck, Huber Sport Therapy and the Institute for Sports Medicine, Alpine Medicine and Health Tourism (UMIT and TirolKliniken) joined forces in 2013 to combine their expertise in the area of football medicine and form the FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence Innsbruck/Tirol. The centres had already been working together for many years, always with the common goal of offering patients the best possible care. The organisations collaborate closely to offer prevention measures, training advice, clinical studies, sports psychology, rehabilitation measures and more.
At their practice in Innsbruck, the doctors from Gelenkpunkt Innsbruck (Prof. Christian Fink, Dr Christian Hoser and Dr Peter Gföller) treat patients who have acute and chronic conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system. Athletes and, in particular, footballers of all levels receive conservative or surgical treatment and general medical care and take part in medical research.
Institute for Sports Medicine, Alpine Medicine and Health Tourism (UMIT and TirolKliniken)
At the Institute for Sports Medicine, Alpine Medicine and Health Tourism (ISAG), led by Prof. Wolfgang Schobersberger, the clinical focus is on providing wide-ranging sports-medical performance diagnostics as a basis for training advice. A cornerstone of its work is its anti-doping research, especially at youth level.
Department for Sport Science, University of Innsbruck
The Department for Sport Science at the University of Innsbruck, under the leadership of Prof. Martin Kopp, has gained an outstanding reputation internationally through its various areas of research, which include kinesiology, biomechanics, injury prevention and sports psychology, and has issued numerous football-specific publications.
Sporttherapie Huber, one of the largest physiotherapy centres in Austria, this year celebrated its 25th anniversary. Director Reinhard Huber MSc and his colleagues advise and treat patients during the rehabilitation phase, helping them to quickly regain their physical fitness.
Alongside the core areas of expertise of the individual institutes, the FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence Innsbruck/Tirol specialises in the medical treatment of footballers of all age groups and levels, injury-prevention advice for managers and coaches, and anti-doping measures. Several interdisciplinary research studies looking at injury prevention in young male and female players have already been carried out.
Dr Peter Gföller, MD
Director / Head of FMCE
Gelenkpunkt Innsbruck, Olympiastrasse 39, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria
First contact person of the FMCE
UMIT, Eduard Wallnöfer-Zentrum I, A-6060 Hall in Tirol, Austria
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Gatterer H, Ruedl G, Faulhaber M, Regele M, Burtscher M (2012). Effects of the performance level and the FIFA “11” injury prevention program on the injury rate in Italian male amateur soccer players. Journal Of Sports Medicine And Physical Fitness 52(1), 80-84.