The Uzsoki Hospital Department of Orthopaedics, together with Semmelweis University Heart Centre and selected experts in football medicine, have been accredited as a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence. These are public institutions directed by Prof. Làszló Hangody and Prof. Béla Merkely.

The hospital’s state-of-the-art facilities feature six digital operating theatres, linked to an education centre, 70 in-patient beds, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), an electrophysiology laboratory, an invasive coronary unit, and an intensive coronary care unit (16 beds with central monitor approach).

These clinics provide a comprehensive service for football players with medical problems. For patients who need further expertise, prompt referrals to other clinics of the university are possible.

Our doctors and physiotherapists provide professional medical support for several elite handball and water polo clubs and individual athletes as well as for the Hungarian national water polo, handball and kayaking teams. They have also been involved with different national football teams, including the Hungarian senior men’s and women’s teams and youth teams.

Education is the second focus of our clinics and includes:

  • Graduate and postgraduate education at the Department of Traumatology of the Semmelweis University
  • EFORT master courses on knee surgery, cartilage repair and ligament surgery
  • Regular postgraduate education of cardiologists and other specialists in cardiac topics
  • Postgraduate continuing medical education (CME) training of cardiology specialists from all around the world for special topics in cardiovascular medicine
  • Training of team coaches and athletes in cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Ongoing football projects:

  • Effect of neuromuscular training on joint position sense of the lower extremity
  • Influence of artificial turf on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in youth population
  • Cartilage repair with autologous osteochondral grafts, osteochondral allografts, chondrocyte transplantation and traditional techniques
  • Platelet-rich plasma treatment on acute and overuse cartilage and tendon injuries
  • Beta adrenergic receptor 1 and 2, NOS3 and ACNT3 single nucleotide polymorphisms and markers of left and right ventricular dysfunction may be associated with exercise performance in active athletes and adverse events (e.g. arrhythmias, sudden cardiac death) during long-term follow-up
  • Annual screening of athletes using cardiac MRI, echo and spiroergometry.
  • Genotyping (ADRB 1, 1 NOS3, ACTN3) from peripheral blood mononuclear cells

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

Gergely Pánics, MD
Uzsoki Hospital Department of Orthopedics
Uzsoki utca 29-41
1145 Budapest Hungary