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8th UEFA Medical Symposium

The importance of medicine in football

8th UEFA Medical Symposium, Frankfurt, 31 January–2 February 2023

Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and the German Football Association (DFB)

Every four years, UEFA, through its Medical Committee, organises a medical symposium for the national team doctors of all UEFA member associations as well as the doctors of the top European clubs that participate in the UEFA elite club injury study. UEFA is delighted to welcome the participants, speakers, medical committee members to the symposium and wishes everyone an interesting conference.

The theme of the 2023 symposium is 'The importance of medicine in football', focusing on the significant evolution of football medicine in the last few years and its crucial role in the modern game. Each session presented at this symposium has been carefully picked by the medical committee and the UEFA medical administration to portray the important role that medicine plays in football and how it can benefit the overall team performance.



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'Sport shapes the house' was the motto of the architectural design for the new home of German football. This motto has now become reality: football and administration have grown together under one roof in the new campus. In the new building, staff collaborate on the central topics of the number one sport in Germany. The purpose is two-fold: creating the best conditions for the base, and developing talent for success at the top.

The DFB Campus
The DFB CampusDFB


Organising Committee

Zoran Bahtijarević ­­­– UEFA chief medical officer
Niki Papadimitriou – UEFA medical manager
Luka Aleksić – UEFA medical assistant
Loïc Noirat – UEFA medical and anti-doping assistant
Thomas Hauser – DFB head of medicine & science
Fiona Pförtke – DFB-Academy senior project manager
Gabriel Monthuley – DFB intern medical-centre

UEFA Medical Committee

Tim Friedrich Meyer (Germany), Chairman
Charlotte Cowie (England), Deputy chair
Helena Herrero (Spain), 1st vice-chairwoman
John MacLean (Scotland), 2nd vice-chairman
Zoran Bahtijarević (Croatia), 3rd vice-chairman
Bisser Bochev (Bulgaria)
Juan Carlos Miralles (Andorra)
Magnus Forssblad (Spain)
Mete Düren (Türkiye)
Andrea Ferretti (Italy)
Georgios Godolias (Greece)
Elke Van Den Steen (Belgium)
Simone Grana (San Marino)
Emmanuel Orhant (France)
Zsolt Szelid (Hungary)
Eduard Bezuglov (Russia)
Marko Noć (Slovenia)
Petros Agathangelou (Cyprus)

Scientific Committee

Tim Friedrich Meyer – Prof. Dr. me d. (conflict of interest disclosure form)
Charlotte Cowie – Chief medical officer, English FA (COI form)
Zsolt Szelid – Cardiologist and sport medicine specialist (COI form)
John MacLean – Director and CIO, Hampden sports clinic (COI form)
Marko Noć – Professor of medicine, University of Ljubljana (COI form)

Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe receives treatment during a UEFA Champions League group stage match in October 2022
Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe receives treatment during a UEFA Champions League group stage match in October 2022AFP via Getty Images


Zoran Bahtijarević – Chief medical officer, UEFA (Switzerland)
Igor Borić – CEO and head of radiology department, St Catherine Speciality Hospital (Croatia)
Christopher Carling – Head of performance, French Football Federation (France)
Nicol van Dyk – Medical research lead, Irish Rugby Football Union (Ireland)
Eva Ferrer – Female sport health specialist, FC Barcelona innovation hub (Spain)
Edwin Goedhart – Chief medical officer, KNVB (Netherlands)
Hans-Dieter Hermann – Sports psychology, Institute of Sports Sciences, Tübingen (Germany)
Thomas Hitzlsperger – Former CEO VfB Stuttgart (Germany)
Piet Hoebeke – Dean, faculty of medicine & health sciences, Gent University (Belgium)
Jens Kleinefeld – Emergency medicine specialist, CEO SMS GmBh, (Germany)
Jaroslaw Krzywański – National Centre for Sports Medicine, Warsaw (Poland)
Rebecca Lee – Anti-doping team leader, UEFA (Switzerland)
Ronald Maughan – School of medicine, St Andrews University (United Kingdom)
Alan McCall – Head of research & development, Arsenal FC (United Kingdom)
Tim Meyer – Head of institute of sports and preventive medicine, Saarland University (Germany)
Iñigo Mujika – University of Basque Country (Spain)
Anna Nordström – Professor of public health and sport sciences, Umeå University (Sweden)
Claus Reinsberger – Professor and chair of sports medicine, Paderborn University (Germany)
Jürgen Scharhag – Institute of sports science, Vienna University (Austria)
Michael Sjöö – Aviation medicine specialist (Sweden)
Axel Urhausen – Sports clinic, Hospital Centre of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
Markus Waldén – Lead researcher, Football Research Group (Sweden)


'The importance of medicine in football'

Tuesday 31 January 

Start timeContentSpeaker(s)
14:00Welcome messagesAleksander Čeferin, Giorgio Marchetti, Oliver Bierhoff, DFB president
14:30Introduction: recent challenges for football medicineTim Meyer
15:00UEFA: introduction speechZoran Bahtijarević
15:15Communication: medical teams and coachesHans-Dieter Hermann, GER
16:30ECIS 2018–2023: new findings and new directionsMarkus Waldén, SWE
17:00Anti-doping regulations: new traps and pitfallsMario Thevis, GER
17:45Therapeutic Use ExemptionRebecca Lee, UEFA
18:00Close of day one
19:00UEFA official dinner

Wednesday 1 February

Start timeContentSpeaker(s)
09:00State of the art in concussion managementEdwin Goedhart, NED
09:30How to do neurological baseline screening properlyAnna Nordström, SWE
10:00The role of headers for brain healthClaus Reinsberger, GER
11:00Menstrual cycle-based trainingRita Tomas, POR
11:30Playing football during pregnancyEva Ferrer, ESP
12:00The issue of gender verificationPiet Hoebeke, BEL
12:30Football in the heatRon Maughan, SCO
14:00Screening examinations to identify cardiac diseaseAxel Urhausen, LUX
14:30What to do when "it happens"? An analysis of real-life casesZoran Bahtijarević, CRO, Jens Kleinefeld, GER
15:00Return-to-play with cardiac conditions Jürgen Scharhag, AUT
15:30Group photo
16:00Post-Covid challenges for football playersJaroslaw Krzywański, POL
16:30Prevention of hamstring injuries (Nordic hamstrings)Nicol van Dyk, IRE
17:00How to avoid over-diagnosis from modern imagingIgor Borić, CRO
17:30Day two close
20:00DFB official dinner

Thursday 3 February

09:00How to avoid overloadChristopher Carling, FRA
09:30ACWR: helpful or a waste of time?Alan McCall, SCO
10:00Management of long-haul and other flightsMichael Sjöö, SWE
11:00Individualisation of RecoveryIñigo Mujika, ESP
11:30Health care for players in clubs and national teamsTBC
12:30Conclusion and close of the symposiumTim Meyer
14:00Workshop: ECG interpretationJürgen Scharhag
14:00Workshop: neurological baseline screeningClaus Reinsberger
14:00Workshop: emergency managementJens Kleinefeld, Michael Sjöö
14:30Departure of all participants