Uzsoki Hospital and Semmelweis University Heart Centre, Budapest, Hungary

FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence
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The Uzsoki Hospital Department of Orthopaedics, together with Semmelweis University Heart Centre and selected football medicine experts, is accredited as a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence. These public institutions are headed by Prof. László 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 a central monitor). 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. The centre’s doctors and physiotherapists provide professional medical support for several football clubs and for the Hungarian Football Association. They have also provided care for elite handball and water polo clubs, the Hungarian Water Polo Federation and individual athletes.

Education is the second focus of the clinics and includes:

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

Ongoing football projects:

  • Cartilage repair with autologous osteochondral grafts, osteochondral allografts, chondrocyte transplantation and traditional techniques
  • PRP stem cells and scaffold treatment for acute and overuse cartilage injuries
  • FMS score correlation with injury patterns
  • GPS-based training load correlation with injury incidence
  • Beta adrenergic receptors 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 (ADRB1, 1 NOS3, ACTN3) from peripheral blood mononuclear cells

Established 1922
Accredited FMCE since May 2010
All aspects of musculoskeletal disorders, incl. sports surgery
28 doctors, 8 physiotherapists
80 beds, average hospital stay 4 days

Dr Laszlo Hangody, MD
Director/Head of FMCE
Uzsoki utca. 29-41, 1145 Budapest, Hungary
Tel.: +36 12 51 44 55
Mobile: +36 20 94 34 046

* Dr Gergely Panics, MD*
Sports physician, contact person for FMCE
Uzsoki utca. 29-41, 1145 Budapest, Hungary
Mobile: +36 20 32 62 986

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