Institut für Sport- und Präventivmedizin, Saarbrucken, Germany

FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence

The Institute of Sports and Preventive Medicine is active in three fields: patient/athlete care, research and teaching. Athletes and patients with activity-related complaints can get advice, diagnostics and therapy in internal medicine as well as orthopaedic matters. There is no restriction in terms of insurance. The institute is licensed to examine elite athletes by the German Olympic Sports Association (DOSB) and the regional sport governing body (LSVS). Medical care is also provided for athletes of the local Olympic Training Centre as well as national football teams (among them the men’s A and U-21 teams). Doctors from the FIFA MCE Saarbrucken have served as team doctors at several FIFA World Cups and UEFA European Championships and a number of Olympic Games. There is a close cooperation with the German FA with Prof. Tim Meyer being the chair of its medical committee (as well as member of UEFA’s medical committee).

Research is balanced between elite and health-oriented sport. In addition to football research, recovery/regeneration, design of preventive training programmes, sports cardiology, injury prevention and pacing strategies in endurance sport represent the main focuses of scientific studies. Very recent investigations specifically addressed the individual response of athletes to diagnostic measures and training interventions aiming at the optimisation of a given training stimulus for individual athletes. The FIFA MCE Saarbrucken hosts the worldwide FIFA registry for sudden cardiac arrest/death in football ( and the German registry for sudden death in sport ( Another major research project is "regeneration management" funded by the German Federal Institute of Sport Science which has been assigned to the Institute of Sports and Preventive Medicine for four years (together with universities in Bochum and Mainz). Saarbrucken was responsible for studies covering laboratory diagnostics, cooling/cold water immersion, sauna, massage and the individualisation of recovery measures. The international PhD programme "Science and Health in Football" has initially been funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and will be conducted in cooperation with the German FA and the University of Technology Sydney (Australia) in the future. On average, 4-5 international students are enrolled in that programme working on different football-related topics. Positions are usually announced once per year; applications for self-funded projects are always welcome.

Teaching is provided for students of physical education and medicine. Degrees in sport science include BA and MSc (health-related as well as competitive sport). Doctoral degrees (PhD) can be obtained in medicine and sport science.

Established 1978
Accredited FMCE since September 2010
Sports and preventive medicine: all aspects of medical care for athletes, particularly sports cardiology, exercise physiology and sports traumatology
Outpatient clinic with 6 MDs, 4 sport scientists
Research focus on recovery/regeneration, design of preventive training interventions, individual responses to training, cardiac effects and dangers of sport, football research

Prof. Tim Meyer
Director/Head of FMCE
Institute of Sports and Preventive Medicine
University of the Saarland
Campus, Geb. B 8-2
66111 Saarbruecken, Germany
Tel.: +49 681 302 70 400

* Andrea Euschen*
First contact person at the FMCE
Institut für Sport- und Präventivmedizin der Universität des Saarlandes, Campus, Geb. B 8-2, 66111 Saarbrucken, Germany
Tel.: +49 681 302 70 400

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