The Schulthess Clinic in Zürich is one of the leading orthopaedic clinics in Europe, and the first choice in orthopaedic surgery, neurology, rheumatology and sports medicine. About 30 years ago, the Department of Neurology at the Schulthess Clinic was founded and built up under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Jiří Dvořák. The department focuses primarily on neurological questions pertaining to the musculoskeletal system, which includes head and neck injuries. The team now includes 10 certified neurologists, with Dr. med. Alfred E. Müller as its leader.
The neurology department has been working on sports concussion for 20 years. Injured athletes are treated based on the current status of art in sports medicine. Physicians of the Schulthess Clinic are represented on the international scientific panels set up to produce guidelines on diagnosis and therapy.
The former chief physician of the neurology department and at that time also Chief Medical Officer of FIFA was founding member of the Concussion in Sport Group, which focuses on the definition, diagnosis and treatment of head injuries associated with sports (including concussion). Since 2001 the Concussion in Sport Group organised 5 consensus conferences (2001, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) which were supported initially by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and now also by World Rugby (WR) and the International Equestrian Federation (FEI). The results of consensus conferences were published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, which is currently the top ranked journal in the category of Sports Sciences.
In addition to research, the neurology team works closely with experts in sports medicine and makes an active contribution towards the treatment of spinal disorders and traumatic brain injury (including concussion). A close interdisciplinary exchange takes place between spinal specialists, psychologists and sports therapists, to ensure that all facets of possible complaints suffered by athletes after head and neck injuries are covered. An optimize treatment for the affected athlete is guaranteed thanks to the concentration of knowledge and expertise in the Swiss Concussion Center.