The Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center (OSTRC) was established at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in May 2000 in collaboration with the Norwegian Olympic Centre and the Orthopedic Center, Oslo University Hospital. 

The programme combines academic orthopedic surgery in a medical school setting with a sports medicine clinic for Olympic athletes and a large research centre aimed at injury and illness prevention research. 

The focus at the OSTRC is prevention of injuries and illnesses in sports, looking at epidemiology, risk factors, injury mechanisms, and injury prevention methods. The programme focuses mainly on three sports (football, handball, and alpine skiing/snowboarding), as these account for more than 50% of all sports-related injuries treated in Norwegian hospitals. We address the most common (e.g. ankle, hamstrings) and the most serious (e.g. ACL, concussions) injuries seen in sports with a particular focus on football. The centre 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 to our top athletes. 

In addition to injury prevention research, the cartilage and ligament research group at the Oslo University Hospital – affiliated with the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center since its inception – has focused on surgical and non-surgical treatment options to prevent future damage to an injured joint (i.e. osteoarthritis). This innovative group has undertaken laboratory and animal studies on chondrocytes and stem cells, key anatomical studies on cadavers, as well as pioneering clinical studies to test new surgical procedures. 

The OSTRC was accredited a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence in May 2009.

The centre has a major commitment to football medicine, generating research in the field of football injuries and injury prevention. Since the OSTRC was established, we have published 83 original peer-review articles related to football medicine. In the same period, ten PhD students have successfully defended their theses on football injury and illness research projects. 

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

Facts 
Established 2000
Accredited FMCE since 2009
Participating institutions: Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, Norwegian Olympic Sports Center, Orthopaedic Center, Ullevål University Hospital
Specialty: Musculoskeletal medicine, sports medicine, cardiopulmonary medicine, Orthopaedic surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical therapy, exercise physiology, applied biomechanics
Peer-reviewed publications 2015: 45
www.ostrc.no 

Prof. Dr. Lars Engebretsen
Director/Head of FMCE
The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, P.O. Box 4014 Ullevål Stadion, 0806 Oslo, Norwegen
Tel.: +47 232 620 00
lars.engebretsen@medisin.uio.no

Prof. Dr. Roald Bahr
Professor
The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, P.O. Box 4014 Ullevål Stadion, 0806 Oslo, Norwegen
Tel.: +47 232 623 02
roald.bahr@nih.no

Prof. Dr. Thor Einar Andersen
Professor
The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, P.O. Box 4014 Ullevål Stadion, 0806 Oslo, Norwegen
Tel.: +47 232 620 00
t.e.andersen@nih.no