Saarbrücken

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FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence

Saarbrücken

The Institute of Sports and Preventive Medicine is active in three fields: patient/athlete care, research and teaching. Athletes and patients with activity-related complaints can get advice, diagnostics and therapy in internal medicine as well as orthopaedic matters. There is no restriction in terms of insurance. The institute is licensed to examine elite athletes by the German Olympic Sports Association (DOSB) and the regional sport governing body (LSVS). Medical care is also provided for athletes of the local Olympic Training Centre as well as national football teams (among them the men’s A and U-21 teams).

Doctors from the FIFA MCE Saarbrücken have served as team doctors at several FIFA World Cups and UEFA European Championships and a number of Olympic Games. There is a close cooperation with the German FA with Prof. Tim Meyer being the chair of its medical committee (as well as member of UEFA’s medical committee).

Research is balanced between elite and health-oriented sport. In addition to football research, recovery/regeneration, design of preventive training programmes, sports cardiology, injury prevention and pacing strategies in endurance sport represent the main focuses of scientific studies. Very recent investigations specifically addressed the individual response of athletes to diagnostic measures and training interventions aiming at the optimisation of a given training stimulus for individual athletes.

The FMCE Saarbrücken hosts the worldwide FIFA registry for sudden cardiac arrest/death in football (www.sudden-death-in-football.com) and the German registry for sudden death in sport (www.scd-deutschland.de). Another major research project is “regeneration management” funded by the German Federal Institute of Sport Science which has been assigned to the Institute of Sports and Preventive Medicine for four years (together with universities in Bochum and Mainz). Saarbrücken was responsible for studies covering laboratory diagnostics, cooling/cold water immersion, sauna, massage and the individualisation of recovery measures.

The international PhD programme “Science and Health in Football” has initially been funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and will be conducted in cooperation with the German FA and the University of Technology Sydney (Australia) in the future. On average, 4-5 international students are enrolled in that programme working on different football-related topics. Positions are usually announced once per year; applications for self-funded projects are always welcome.

Teaching is provided for students of physical education and medicine. Degrees in sport science include BA and MSc (health-related as well as competitive sport). Doctoral degrees (PhD) can be obtained in medicine and sport science.

 

Fact sheet

Saarbrücken

Established 1978

Accredited FMCE since September 2010

Sports and preventive medicine: all aspects of medical care for athletes, particularly sports cardiology, exercise physiology and sports traumatology

Outpatient clinic with 6 MDs, 4 sport scientists

Research focus on recovery/regeneration, design of preventive training interventions, individual responses to training, cardiac effects and dangers of sport, football research

www.sportmedizin-saarbruecken.de

Administration

Saarbrücken

Name
Prof. Tim Meyer, MD

Title
Director / Head of FMCE

Email
sportmed@mx.uni-saarland.de

Phone number:
+49 681 302 70 400

Mobile number

Postal address
Institut für Sport- und Präventivmedizin der Universität des Saarlandes, Campus, Geb. B 8-2, 66111 Saarbrücken, Germany

Name
Andrea Euschen

Title
First contact person of the FMCE

Email
sportmed@mx.uni-saarland.de

Phone number:
+49 681 302 70 400

Mobile number

Postal address
Institut für Sport- und Präventivmedizin der Universität des Saarlandes, Campus, Geb. B 8-2, 66111 Saarbrücken, Germany

Scientific

Contribution

Top publications

Faude O, Meyer T, Federspiel B, Kindermann W: Verletzungen im deutschen Profifußball – eine Analyse auf Basis von Medieninformationen. Dtsch Z Sportmed 60, 2009: 139-144.

Faude O, Kerper O, Multhaupt M, Winter C, Beziel K, Junge A, Meyer T: Football to tackle overweight in children. Scand J Med Sci Sports 20 (Suppl. 1), 2010: 103-110.

Faude O, Kellmann M, Ammann T, Schnittker R, Meyer T: Seasonal changes in stress indicators in high level football. Int J Sports Med 32, 2011: 259-265.

Meyer T, Meister S: Routine blood parameters in elite soccer players. Int J Sports Med 32, 2011: 875-881.

Faude O, Schmidt C, Meyer T: Altitude adaptation and team success during the FIFA World Cup 2010. JEPonline 14, 2011: 41-48.

Faude O, Koch T, Meyer T: Straight sprinting is the most frequent action in goal situations in professional football. J Sport Sci: 30, 2012: 625-631.

Bohm P, Kästner A, Meyer T: Sudden cardiac death in football. J Sport Sci 31, 2013: 1451-1459.

Meister S, Faude O, Ammann T, Schnittker R, Meyer T: Indicators for high physical strain and overload in elite football players. Scand J Med Sci Sports: 23, 2013: 156-163.

Faude O, Schnittker R, Schulte-Zurhausen R, Müller F, Meyer T: High intensity interval training vs. high-volume running training during pre-season conditioning in high level youth football: a cross-over trial. J Sport Sci 31, 2013:1441-1450.

Drust B, Impellizzeri F, Meyer T: An introduction to Science and medicine in football. J Sports Sci 31, 2013: 1375-1376.

Bohm P, Ditzel R, Ditzel H, Urhausen A, Meyer T: Resting ECG findings in elite football players. J Sport Sci 31, 2013: 1475-1480.

Meyer T, Kellmann M, Ferrauti A, Pfeiffer M, Faude O: Die Messung von Erholtheit und Regenerationsbedarf im Fußball. Dtsch Z Sportmed 64, 2013: 28-34.

Meyer T, Wegmann M, Poppendieck W, Fullagar HHK: Regenerative interventions in professional football. Sportorthop Traumatol 30, 2014: 112-118.

Drust B, Impellizzeri F, Meyer T: Return to play decisions – a highly important albeit unsolved issue. J Sports Sci 32, 2014: 1205.

Faude O, Steffen A, Kellmann M, Meyer T: The effect of short-term interval training during the competitive season on physical fitness and signs of fatigue: a cross-over trial in high-level youth football players. Int J Sport Physiol Perform 9, 2014: 936-944.

Scharhag J, Meyer T: Return to play after acute infectious disease in football players. J Sport Sci 32, 2014: 1237-1242.

Meister S, aus der Fünten K, Meyer T: Repeated monitoring of blood parameters for evaluating strain and overload in elite football players. J Sports Sci 32, 2014: 1328-1331.

aus der Fünten K, Faude O, Lensch J, Meyer T: Injury characteristics in the German professional male soccer leagues after a shortened winter break. J Athl Training 49, 2014: 786-793.

Hammes D, aus der Fünten K, Kaiser S, Frisen E, Junge A, Dvorak J, Bizzini M, Meyer T: Injury Prevention in Male Veteran Football Players – A Randomized Controlled Trial using “FIFA 11+”. J Sports Sci: 33, 2015: 873-881.

Hammes D, aus der Fünten K, Kaiser S, Frisen E, Dvorak J, Meyer T: Injuries of veteran football (soccer) players in Germany. Res Sports Med 23, 2015: 215-226.

Kramer EB, Dvorak J, Schmied C, Meyer T. F-MARC: promoting the prevention and management of sudden cardiac arrest in football. Br J Sports Med 49, 2015: 597-598.

Scharhag J, Bohm P, Dvorak J, Meyer T. F-MARC: the FIFA Sudden Death Registry (FIFA-SDR). Br J Sports Med 49, 2015: 563-565.

Meyer T, Impellizzeri F: Is it all about load? J Sports Sci J Sports Sci. 33, 2015: 2079.

Meyer T, Faude O, aus der Fünten K: Sports Medicine for Football – Insights from Professional Football for All Levels of Play. Meyer & Meyer, Aachen 2015

Kästner A, Braun M, Meyer T. Two cases of rhabdomyolysis after training with electromyostimulation (EMS) by two young male professional soccer players. Clin J Sport Med 25, 2015: e71-73.

Fullagar HH, Duffield R, Skorski S, White D, Bloomfield J, Kölling S, Meyer T. Sleep, Travel and Recovery Responses of National Footballers During and Following Long-Haul International Air Travel. Int J Sports Physiol Perform 11, 2016: 86-95.

Schimpchen J, Skorski S, Nopp S, Meyer T: Are ‘classical’ tests of repeated-sprint ability in football externally valid? A new approach to determine in-game sprinting behaviour in elite football players. J Sports Sci 34, 2016: 519-526.

Wegmann M, Steffen A, Pütz K, Würtz N, Such U, Faude O, Bohm P, Meyer T: Cardiovascular risk and fitness in veteran football players. J Sports Sci 34, 2016: 576-583.

Skorski Sa, Skorski St, Faude O, Hammes D, Meyer T: The Relative Age Effect in German Elite Youth Soccer: Implications for a Successful Career. Int J Sports Physiol Perform 11, 2016: 370 -376.

Fullagar H, Skorski S, Duffield R, Julian R, Bartlett J, Meyer T: Impaired sleep and recovery after night matches in elite football players. J Sports Sci: im Druck.

Fullagar H, Skorski S, Duffield R, Meyer, T: The effect of an acute sleep hygiene strategy following a late-night soccer match on recovery of players. Chronobiol Int: im Druck.

Hammes D, aus der Fünten K, Bizzini M, Meyer T: Injury prediction in veteran football players using the Functional Movement Screen™. J Sports Sci 2016: im Druck.

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