The Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center (OSTRC) is, in collaboration with The Norwegian Olympic Centre and Orthopaedic Center, Ullevål University Hospital, accredited as FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence. The program combines academic orthopaedic surgery in a medical school setting with a sports medicine clinic for Olympic athletes and a large research center aimed at injury and illness prevention research.

The focus of the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center is prevention of injuries and illnesses in sports, looking at epidemiology, risk factors, injury mechanisms, and injury prevention methods with a particular focus on football. The center also includes laboratories for advanced cardiopulmonary investigations. Next, door, the Health Department at the Norwegian Olympic Center offers a wide variety of sports medicine services, while additional clinical exams and surgical procedures take place at the University Hospital, which is conveniently located just down the hill.

The center has a major commitment to football medicine, generating research in the field of football injuries and injury prevention. Since OSTRC was established in year 2000, we have published 54 original peer-review articles related to football medicine. In the same period, 10 PhD students have successfully defended their thesis on football injury and illness research projects.

“The 11+” was developed by the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center in collaboration with FIFA and “The 11+” original paper was published in the prestigious British Medical Journal showing that a 20 min warm-up program significantly reduces injury risk in female youth football players.

Ongoing football projects:

- Electronic injury and illness surveillance system in Norwegian elite male football since 2000

- Surveillance of head injuries

- Surveillance of injury trends

- Surveillance of injury mechanisms and causes

- Prevalence of groin problems/pain in football at different levels, age groups and for both gender

- Should Copenhagen adduction be included in the FIFA 11+? A randomized controlled trial

- Prevention of groin problems in Norwegian football players- A cluster randomized controlled trial

 - Risk factors for ACL-injuries among Norwegian elite female football players

- Load monitoring and injuries in Norwegian elite male football

Your contact at the FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence in Oslo:

Thor Einar Andersen

Associate professor, MD PT

Consultant in Physical and rehabilitation Medicine and Specialist in Sports Medicine

Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center

Norwegian School of Sport Sciences

P.O. Box 4014 - Ullevål Stadion

NO-0806 Oslo