Department of Orthopaedics of the 1st Faculty of Medicine of Charles University and Teaching Hospital na Bulovce, Prague, Czech Republic

FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence
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The operations of the FMCE Prague are based mainly on two departments: the Orthopaedic Clinic of Na Bulovce Hospital and the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine of the General University Hospital in Prague First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague. 

The Orthopaedic Clinic is split into eight departments covering all musculoskeletal problems: paediatric orthopaedics, the spine unit, septic orthopaedics, traumatology, sport traumatology, general orthopaedics and oncological orthopaedics and the rehabilitation unit. 

The Department of Cardiovascular Medicine focuses on the testing and prevention of general health and cardiovascular problems of players/athletes, especially at a young age. The main objectives of these centres related to the football are: 

A) Medical care. These departments cover medical care of football players of both genders and all levels of skill on the basis of evidence-based medicine and modern medical technology. The players have direct access to the medical care to the centre. This care includes: 1) modern diagnostic methods 2) non-surgical and surgical treatment of acute and chronic problems of extremities and spine 3) after-treatment (physiotherapy) of acute and chronic injuries 4) testing of the general health and cardiovascular condition of players. 

The medical doctors of departments serve as team doctors of different football clubs and the national futsal team.

B) Teaching activities include: 1) incorporating new F-MARC research results into football medicine for medical doctors and coaches in cooperation with the Czech Republic Football association. 

2) The general implementation of the injury prevention programme “FIFA 11+” at all levels. Original CDs and Czech translations of the posters and booklets are distributed to the football clubs in Czech Republic. The teaching courses of the programme to the coaches have been held in eight different cities. 

3) Presentation of the results of research activities of F-MARC and the FMCE Prague in youth football and OCD in FMCE in Regensburg in 2010 and 2014 and Isokinetic Conferences 2013-2016.

C. Scientific activities. Scientific research is targeted mainly at the youth football players. This centre directly participated in two large multicentre FIFA studies: 1. Incidence of football injuries in youth players (published in 2015) and prevention programme 11+ for Kids (prepared for publication). The centre contributed to the Football Medicine Diploma with the youth football injuries module. 

Currently, the FMCE coordinates two other large studies (approved by F-MARC), namely: Juvenile osteochondrosis dissecans (OCD) of the knee (multi.centre study) and a nationwide screening programme to prevent sudden cardiac death in junior soccer players using centralised ECG analysis. 

Established 1945
Accredited FMCE since October 2010 (together with Department of Cardiology of Second Internal Medicine and Department of Rehabilitation of First Faculty of Medicine Charles University).  
All aspects of musculoskeletal disorders, including sports medicine, cardiology (in cooperation with Department of Cardiology) 
5,585 operations per year, 63,544 individual interventions in out-patient clinic
Peer-reviewed publications: 21 in Orthopaedic Department and 61 in Cardiological Department in 2015

*Prof. Dr. Jiří Chomiak *
Director/Head of FMCE
Budínova 2, 18081 Prag 8, Czech Republic
Tel.: +42 026 60 82 839
Mobile: +42 060 23 96 933

Dr. Jan Vaculik
First contact person at the FMCE
Budínova 2, 18081 Prag 8, Czech Republic
Tel.: +42 026 60 82 833

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