Scientific progress in football medicine

Hot topics: Return to competition in high-professional football and echocardiographic assessment of coronary arteries in adolescent football players

The FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence Regensburg represented by Werner Krutsch in cooperation with the UEFA football study group presents the latest article published in The British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM):

“Time before return to play for the most common injuries in professional football: a 16-year follow-up of the UEFA Elite Club Injury Study”
Jan Ekstrand, Werner Krutsch et al. – 2019
PMID: 31182429

Another research project of FMCE Keyplayers (e.g. Werner Krutsch, Tim Meyer and Clemens Memmel) has recently and successfully generated interesting findings in the topic of ACL injuries and its return-to-competition rates in the German 1st football division. Read the article in The European Journal of Sport Science for more information:

“High return to competition rate following ACL injury – A 10-year media-based epidemiological injury study in men’s professional football”
Werner Krutsch, Clemens Memmel, Tim Meyer et al. – 2019
PMID: 31354061

But sports medicine research is not only epidemiology but also internal medicine research – and in this case in the field of cardiology:
FMCE Keyplayer Stephan Gerling promoted his work with adolescent football players and detected amongst others two young athletes with congenital coronary artery abnormalities. For further information, read his latest article in The Journal of Preventive Cardiology:

“Echocardiographic diagnosis of congenital coronary artery abnormalities in a continuous series of adolescent football players.”
Stephan Gerling, Werner Krutsch et al. – 2019
PMID: 30755015

These few of many more current articles show the important and productive work of the FMCE Keyplayers. This scientific progress will help to enlarge the expertise of the FMCE and to improve football medicine.

ANNOUNCEMENT + + + Invitation to our 24th Keyplayer Meeting

Dear Keyplayers of the FIFA Medical Centre Regensburg,

Our next meeting will take place on April 17th, 2019 at 6 pm at the Continental Arena in Regensburg.

We are very proud to welcome celebrities of German professional football for this special meeting. We may welcome Bundesliga coach and teacher Michael Köllner (former coach of 1. FC Nurnberg) and FIFA referee Dr. Felix Brych, who will both demonstrate “perspectives of the modern professional football“. Further topics will be the fostering of talents but also the discussion of football-associated medical risks of professionals.

We will also introduce our new head director of the trauma surgery department of the university medical centre Regensburg, Prof. Dr. Dr. Volker Alt, successor of Prof. Dr. Michael Nerlich. To complete the meeting, our new coordinator of the FIFA Medical Centre Regensburg, Dr. Johannes Weber, gives an account of our current studies and science projects.

We are very looking forward to welcome all of you.


Prof. Dr. Dr. Volker Alt
Prof. Dr. Peter Angele
Dr. Werner Krutsch