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FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence

Regensburg

The University Medical Centre of Regensburg, in collaboration with the University of Sports Science Regensburg and selected experts in football medicine, has been accredited as a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence since 2009. This cooperation has emerged from a network of institutions and experts built over many years and is geared towards professional as well as amateur football players.

The main focus of the medical centre’s football medicine research is the prevention of musculoskeletal injuries and cardiac sudden death. Additionally, the centre focuses on prevention of osteoarthritis by modern regenerative joint treatment, with a special emphasis on conservative and surgical treatment. Basic stem cell research for regeneration of cartilage and meniscus also plays a key role.

The injury prevention research section has implemented screening tools and pre-season assessments in junior and amateur football, established the FIFA 11+ warm-up programme in Germany, created training tools to reduce injuries in male and female football players and referees, and carried out detailed injury analysis in different subpopulations. The main focus of the injury prevention projects are the prevention of ACL and other severe football injuries. The prevention of cardiac sudden death and other cardiac diseases includes the implementation of screening programmes, implementation of AICD on football fields and teaching programmes for first aid on the pitch.

For professional football players, the FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence in Regensburg provides highly experienced experts in different institutions for surgical and conservative treatment of traumatic and overuse injuries of the joints. Pre-season screening examinations, sport-specific performance diagnostics, return-to-play examinations after injuries and other imaging diagnostics are provided.

An important partner of the FIFA Medical Centre Regensburg is the Bavarian Football Association (BFV). The BFV is the largest regional football association in Germany with more than 1.6 million football players, more than 400,000 junior players and more than 16,000 football referees.

The main research fields in football medicine of the FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence in Regensburg are:

  • Implementation of the FIFA 11+ warm-up programme and training tools for injury prevention
  • Establishment of the “German ACL Registry in Football“ to analyse primary prevention and return-to-play approaches
  • Musculoskeletal and cardiac screening assessments in junior football players
  • Osteoarthritis, long-term consequences and career-ending injuries in retired football players

Fact sheet

Regensburg

Established 1978

Accredited FMCE since February 2009

All aspects of musculoskeletal disorder, internal medicine, prevention and rehabilitation

4,300 professionals including 700 doctors, 1,650 nurses, 1,200 medical technicians

Among the most modern hospitals in Germany

www.ukr.de

Administration

Regensburg

Name
Prof. Peter Angele, MD

Title
Director / Head of FMCE
Professor for regenerative joint treatment

Email
peter.angele@ukr.de

Phone number:
+49 941 944 68 07

Mobile number

Postal address
Universitätsklinikum Regensburg, 93042 Regensburg, Germany

Name
Prof. Michael Nerlich , MD

Title
Founder
Director of the Department of Trauma Surgery

Email
michael.nerlich@ukr.de

Phone number:
+49 941 944 68 05

Mobile number

Postal address
Universitätsklinikum Regensburg, 93042 Regensburg, Germany

Name
Dr Werner Krutsch, MD

Title
Deputy Head of knee surgery and sports traumatology
First contact person to the FMCE

Email
werner.krutsch@ukr.de

Phone number:
+49 941 944 68 46

Mobile number

Postal address
Universitätsklinikum Regensburg, 93042 Regensburg, Germany

Scientific

Contribution

Top publications

Football medicine

Krutsch W, Zeman F, Zellner J, Pfeifer C, Nerlich M, Angele P. Increase in ACL and PCL injuries after implementation of a new professional football league. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2014 Oct 8. [Epub ahead of print]

Krutsch W, Weishaupt P, Zeman F, Loibl M, Neumann C, Nerlich M, Angele P. Sport-specific trunk muscle profiles in soccer players of different skill levels. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2015 May;135(5):659-65

Krutsch W, Voss A, Gerling S, Grechenig S, Nerlich M, Angele P. First aid on field management in youth football. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2014;134(9):1301-9

Koch M, Zellner J, Berner A, Grechenig S, Krutsch V, Nerlich M, Angele P, Krutsch W. Influence of preparation and football skill level on injury incidence during an amateur football tournament. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2015, [Epub ahead of print]

Sports traumatology and knee surgery

Krutsch W, Zellner J, Baumann F, Pfeifer C, Nerlich M, Angele P. Timing of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction within the first year after trauma and its influence on treatment of cartilage and meniscus pathology. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc 2015. [Epub ahead of print]

Angele P, Niemeyer P, Steinwachs M, Filardo G, Gomoll AH, Kon E, Zellner J, Madry H. Chondral and osteochondral operative treatment in early osteoarthritis. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2016 Feb 27. [Epub ahead of print]

Verdonk R, Madry H, Shabshin N, Dirisamer F, Peretti GM, Pujol N, Spalding T, Verdonk P, Seil R, Condello V, Di Matteo B, Zellner J, Angele P. The role of meniscal tissue in joint protection in early osteoarthritis. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2016 Apr 16.

Angele P, Fritz J, Albrecht D, Koh J, Zellner J. Defect type, localization and marker gene expression determines early adverse events of matrix-associated autologous chondrocyte implantation. Injury. 2015 Oct;46 Suppl 4:S2-9. doi: 10.1016/S0020-1383(15)30012-7.

Basic research on cartilage and meniscus

Zellner J, Hierl K, Mueller M, Pfeifer C, Berner A, Dienstknecht T, Krutsch W, Geis S, Gehmert S, Kujat R, Dendorfer S, Prantl L, Nerlich M, Angele P. Stem cell-based tissue-engineering for treatment of meniscal tears in the avascular zone. J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater. 2013 Oct;101(7):1133-42. doi: 10.1002/jbm.b.32922. Epub 2013 Apr 6.

Zellner J, Angele P, Zeman F, Kujat R, Nerlich M. Is the transplant quality at the time of surgery adequate for matrix-guided autologous cartilage transplantation? A pilot study. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013 Sep;471(9):2852-61. doi: 10.1007/s11999-013-2958-y.

Zellner J, Mueller M, Berner A, Dienstknecht T, Kujat R, Nerlich M, Hennemann B, Koller M, Prantl L, Angele M, Angele P. Role of mesenchymal stem cells in tissue engineering of meniscus. J Biomed Mater Res A. 2010 Sep 15;94(4):1150-61. doi: 10.1002/jbm.a.32796.

Zellner J, Mueller M, Xin Y, Krutsch W, Brandl A, Kujat R, Nerlich M, Angele P. Dynamic hydrostatic pressure enhances differentially the chondrogenesis of meniscal cells from the inner and outer zone. J Biomech. 2015 Jun 1;48(8):1479-84. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2015.02.003. Epub 2015 Feb 7.

Books on football medicine

Angele P, Hoffmann H, Eichhorn J, Krutsch W (2013) Prävention von vorderen Kreuzbandrupturen. Arthroskopie Aktuell- SFA Stiftung

Angele P, Hoffmann H, Williams A, Jones M, Krutsch W (2015) Specific aspects of soccer in recreational and competitive sport. In: Mayr & Zaffagnini. ESSKA: Prevention of injuries and overose in sports, Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, 2016

Eder K, Hoffmann H, (2016) Fußball Verletzungen – vermeiden – erkennen – behandeln – Elesvier-Verlag, 2nd Edition

Eder K, Hoffmann H (2012) Rehabilitation after muscle injuries. In: Müller-Wohlfahrt/Hänsel/Übelacker. Muscle injuries in sports. Thieme-Verlag Stuttgart – New York, 2012

Eder K, Hoffmann H (2014) How to train fascia in soccer coaching. In: Schleip et al: Fascia in sport and movement. Handspring Publisher, London, 2014

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