The aim of St Marianna University School of Medicine is to establish a medical support system for football players of all levels of play in their clinical practice. In addition to the treatment of injured players, they instruct young football players on nutrition to improve their performance. St Marianna is building up a network to exchange information with the medical staff of both clubs and national teams and is dedicated to the education of the next generation of specialists for football medicine.

Prevention efforts of St Marianna University School of Medicine have been directed at injury prevention by implementing the F-MARC "The 11" programme with youth players and also the influence of emotional states on injury occurrence. They also tested the ability of cardiac checks and follow-up examinations to prevent sudden cardiac death in sports. Several projects studied the different conditions when playing on artificial turf and their influence on injuries and body temperature. As part of their ongoing research, St Marianna University School of Medicine has been analysing the injuries occurring in the Japan Professional Football League for more than ten years now.

Prof. Aoki, Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and President of St. Marianna University School of Medicine, looks back at almost 40 years of experience as an orthopaedic surgeon. He has been the LOC Chief Medical Officer of the FIFA World Cup 2002 Japan/Korea and ever since been involved in the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan.

Your contact at the FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence at St Marianna University School of Medicine:

Haruhito Aoki M.D.
2-16-1, Sugao, Miyamae-ku
Kawasaki, Kanagawa, 216-8511, JAPAN

Tel +81-44-977-8111
E-mail: h2aoki@marianna-u.ac.jp or haruhito@pj8.so-net.ne.jp
http://www.marianna-u.ac.jp/ (in Japanese)