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2nd Young Researcher Symposium of the German Sports Medicine Society

On the 26nd to 28th of September 2019 the Institute of Sport and Preventive Medicine is hosting the 2nd Young Researcher Symposium of the German Sports Medicine Society. This symposium is providing a platform for young researchers within sports medicine and sports science, to support communication and establish collaborations in Germany. This years programme is focusing on the "Internationalisation of German Sports Medicine", including presentations on funding opportunities for international exchanges as well as the comparison of international academic careers. A programme overview and further information regarding registration can be found via sportmedizin-wissenschaft.de.

 

Panel discussion with Thomas Hitzlsperger and Dr. Gregory Dupont

The head of the youth academy of Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart as well as the Head of Research of the French Football Federation Dr. Gregory Dupont were our guests during two panel discussions on the 22nd of November. In an exclusive first 90 minutes both experts discussed several topics regarding the challenges of modern professional football with our international students from the Master High-Performance Sport as well as the PhD programme Science and Health in Football. Our students were able to get perspectives on talent identification and development, training monitoring and recovery, injury prevention as well as the psychological demands of professional football. In a second panel, which was open for the public and organised together with the Saarland Sport Federation (LSVS), both experts answered further questions regarding both their careers. The local TV station SR summerised the discussions in yesterdays news, which can be seen here (German only, start at minute 31).

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Participants for study on recovery strategies

We are currently looking for male and female student between 18 and 35 who are willing to participate in a study on effects of massage and cold-water immersion as a recovery strategy after strength and endurance exercise. Participants should have experience in strength and enurance training. If you are interested please send an email to sara-moell@gmx.net.

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New M. Sc. degree High-Performance Sport

The international Master of Science High-Performance Sport is hosted by the Institute of Sport Science and the Institute of Sports and Preventive Medicine at Saarland University in Saarbruecken (Germany) and starts with the upcoming winter term (October 2018). It aims at qualifying sport scientists for jobs in professional and performance-oriented sport and for academic positions that focus on research fields relevant high-performance athletes. This international Master´s program has a regular duration of four semesters in which 120 ECTS (often referred to as ´Credit points´or CP in German) must be gained. The programme is accredited as a full-time, on-site degree programme. The number of participants is limited. In total, 20 places are available, and students can usually begin the Master´s programme at the winter semester of each year (October to March). Students with an undergraduate degree in sport science or related fields are allowed to apply. For more information on application requirements as well as deadlines visit master-high-performance-sport.de or download the flyer below.

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Sudden Death in Football (FIFA Registry)

FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) officially launched a worldwide Sudden Death Registry (SDR) in January 2014 to document fatal events in football. The sudden death of an apparently healthy football player is an uncommon and tragic event which attracts media attention, especially when professional footballers are involved. Vigorous exertion increases the risk of fatal cardiac events by three- to four-fold, since it acts as a trigger for malignant arrhythmias in the presence of underlying cardiovascular diseases. However, overall, regular physical activity is associated with a protective effect even when considering the temporary hazards experienced during athletic activity. 

The aim of this registry (FIFA-SDR) is to detect the frequency of sudden death during football and to identify their causes as precisely as possible. Thus, existing screening and preventive measures will be improved or supplemented to help to prevent some of these deaths in the future. For further information or for reporting a case please follow the link.

 

Sudden Cardiac Death in Germany

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) of an apparently healthy athlete is a rare tragic event which attracts an abundance of media attention, especially when elite athletes are involved. Vigorous exertion increases the risk of SCD by the factor of 2.8, since it acts as a trigger for cardiac arrest in the presence of underlying cardiovascular diseases. Unusually high exercise intensities increase the relative risk of SCD, especially in recreational athletes with a poor training condition or in individuals who are in the early phase of returning to exercise. However, overall, regular physical activity is associated with a protective effect even when considering the temporary hazards experienced during athletic activity. 

The aim of this register (SCD Germany) is to detect the actual magnitude of sudden death and survived cardiac death during sport and to identify their causes as precisely as possible. Thus, existing screening and preventive measures will be improved or supplemented to help prevent some of these deaths in the future. For further information about the projects or to report a case please follow the link.

 

"Check every single case carefully." Prof. Tim Meyer about using defibrillatoren in sport 
Medical miracle, a incalcuable risk, favourable pre-conditions? The story about Daniel Engelbrecht (24) produced a lot of attention in German media. As the first German professional footballer ever he played a game for the Stuttgarter Kickers with an implanted defibrillator. Is this a one-time success story? Or a story that gives hope to many other patients suffering from heart diseases? The German national team physician Prof. Dr. Tim Meyer gives answers to this. The detailled interview can be found on DFB.de (only in German).