News on short and long-term consequences of headers at the 3rd Science Congress of the German Football Association

Dr. Alexander Tarnutzer, member of the Swiss Concussion Center, presented the latest findings on the topic “effects of headers on brain functions and structures” on 21 January 2016 at the 3rd Science Congress of the DFB (German Football Federation) in Frankfurt. In the presentation, he illuminated the existing literature critically regarding possible influences of headers on neuro-cognition, balance, and brain metabolism processes. The 3rd DFB Science Congress was met with very lively interest due to its high-calibre programme and was fully booked with approximately 380 participants.

Here you can go directly to the recording of the presentation (video on demand).

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Swiss Concussion Center at the sports-medical workshop “Return to Sports” in Luxembourg

Mario Bizzini, Head of Physiotherapy at the Swiss Concussion Center, gave a lecture entitled “Return to sports after concussion” on 9 January 2016 at the 10th Sports Medicine Workshop in Luxembourg.

The event was organized by the most important sports medicine and sports physiotherapists associations of the country and took place in the National Sports and Cultural Center “D’Coque” of Luxembourg.

 

Mario Bizzini, Head of Physiotherapy at SCC, spoke at the International Conference on Football Science in Antalya

ACIBADEM Sports Istanbul, one of the world’s over 40 FIFA Medical Centers of Excellence, organized the first international conference on “Football Science” in Antalya, Turkey on 4th and 5th January 2016.

Mario Bizzini, PhD, Head of Physiotherapy at the Swiss Concussion Center, opened the conference with the presentation on the topic of “Prevention of Injuries in Football”, in particular of non-contact injuries (e.g. knee injuries through prevention programs like FIFA 11++) and contact injuries (e.g. concussion through fair play and more stringent application of the rules). Numerous international speakers and more than 600 participants ensured wide media coverage in football-enthusiastic Turkey.

 

Prof. Jiří Dvořák presents the Swiss Concussion Center at the 5th AFC Medical Conference in Neu-Dehli

Prof. Jiří Dvořák was invited as keynote speaker at the 5th Medical Conference of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in New Delhi, India.  In one of his speeches, he presented the latest developments in the field of „on-field management of concussion in football“, as well as the Swiss Concussion Center briefly.

Prof. Jiří Dvořák was awarded the “AFC President’s Award for Football Medicine” at the conference.

Dr. Mario Bizzini, Head of Physiotherapy, also represented the Swiss Concussion Center. He gave lectures on six different topics, including injury prevention in the elite sport.

The 5th AFC Medical Conference in New Delhi attracted around 600 participants from 67 countries.

Nina Feddermann in an interview with DFB.de on “Headers and Concussions”

At the 3rd Science Congress of the German Football Federation on 21st and 22nd January 2016 in Frankfurt, football related research projects are presented and reconciled with practical experience. In the run-up to the event, DFB.de spoke with Dr. Nina Feddermann about the connection between headers and concussion. The head of the Swiss Concussion Center amongst others also points to the ban by the US football federation, which completely prohibits headers until the age ten and prohibits headers during matches by eleven to 13 years old footballers. The detailed interview can be found here directly on the website of the German Football Association (DFB).

Mario Bizzini, Head of Physiotherapy SCC, at the 1st World Congress of Sport Physiotherapy in Berne on “Return to Play” # RTP2015

On 20th and 21st November 2015, the first World Congress of Sport Physiotherapy on the subject of “Return to Play” (RTP) took place in Bern. More than 800 participants from 45 countries heard presentations from 23 international renowned speakers. The event was organised by the Swiss Sports Physiotherapy Association, the International Federation of Sports Physiotherapy and the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Mario Bizzini, PhD, Head of Physiotherapy at the Swiss Concussion Center, was Head of the Scientific Committee, and therefore responsible for the programme. Karim Khan (editor BJSM), Clare Ardern (Aspetar Sports Medicine Research) and Mario Bizzini were the initiators of the so-called “RTP consensus meeting”, the day after the congress in Berne. The aim of this meeting was to publish a scientific publication in this important area.

Nina Feddermann, Head of the Swiss Concussion Center, spoke at the NFL Think Tank

Dr. Nina Feddermann, Head of the Swiss Concussion Center, presented the latest scientific projects of the Swiss Concussion Center at the 2nd International Professional Sports Concentration Research Think Tank in London on 24th October 2015. The National Football League (NFL) organizes the Think Tank annually. The NFL Think Tank serves as a platform for leading scientific and medical experts in international sports organizations. In doing so, ideas for future research collaborations are exchanged, and best-practice approaches and progress in the area of success-oriented management of concussions in elite sport are presented.

Nina Feddermann presented the Swiss Concussion Project at the International Initiative for Traumatic Brain Injury Research (InTBIR)

Dr. Dr. Nina Feddermann lectured at the annual International Initiative for Traumatic Brain Injury Research (InTBIR) in Brussels. InTBIR is a collaboration between the European Commission (EU) and the Canadian National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). 

For the first time, this conference also included the sport-related concussions so the Swiss Concussion Center was invited to present the Swiss Concussion Project, a national project to improve the return to routine training and competition after concussion in football, and the resulting follow-up projects.

The Swiss Concussion Center at the German Congress for Sports Physicians in Frankfurt

Nina Feddermann-Demont, Head of the Swiss Concussion Center, gave a lecture at the 46. Deutschen Sportärztekongress on 11th-12th September 2015 in Frankfurt as part of the series “Sport-related head injuries” on the topic “Diagnostic and therapeutic management with a view to an early and safe return to training and competition sport”. The core statement was that the symptoms of concussion are heterogeneous, and there is currently no diagnostic test or marker that can be used to diagnose a concussion.

Nina Feddermann-Demont gives a lecture at the FIFA Medical Conference

Nina-Feddermann-Demont, Head of the Swiss Concussion Center, gave a lecture on the topic of concussion in football at the Third FIFA Medical Conference held on 27th May 2015 in Zurich. She used five concussions that occurred during the 2014 Football World Cup in Brazil as examples. She focused on the mechanisms underlying concussion and the challenges faced by team physicians on the sidelines, but also on the measures that should be implemented. The conference was broadcast live on YouTube (FIFA TV). You can access an on-demand recording here.