Sports medicine is a multidisciplinary clinical and academic specialty (sub-specialty in some countries) of medicine dealing with;
- Health promotion for the general population
- The diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation preceding and following injuries or illness from participation in physical activities, exercise and sport at all levels
The scope of Sports Medicine includes;
- Prevention of chronic diseases caused by sedentary lifestyle as a major area of increasing interest which can partially be served by expertise in sports medicine.
- Pre-participation clinical screening and examination before exercise and competition as well as medical assistance to the athletes engaged in all sports.
- The use of supplements, pharmacological agents, doping control and gender verification and its complex moral, legal and health-related difficulties.
- Special medical issues associated with international sporting events of athletes, including disabled athletes, such as the effects of travel and acclimatization.
- Research in basic science and extensive clinical undertaken in the sports medicine domains within a great variety of specialities.
- An advisory body of the EU
- An independent society founded in 1958
- Answers to the European
States may vote on the recommendations of the UEMS, MJC
A specialty of medicine may be set up if 2/5th of the EU countries agree i.e. 11 EU countries.
Through the work of Prof. Bachl, Prof. Pigozzi and Dr Debruyne, the UEMS has recognized and worked with EFSMA, as the lead group in Europe, to achieve the goal of having Sports Medicine recognized as a specialty in Europe.
Meeting EFSMA – UEMS Brussels, 2005-2010 Dr. Andre Debreuyne, Professor Norbert Bachl, Professor Bernard Maillet (UEMS) and Dr. Zlatko Fras (UEMS), Professor Fabio Pigozzi.
Over the past 5 years, EFSMA has worked tirelessly to achieve our goal. To date we had the following accepted by the UEMS, MJC
- Definition Sports Medicine
- Minimum Sports Medicine Curriculum
- Accreditation of meetings for CME points
Over the next term, we hope to achieve;
- Training Logbook – Trainee
- Training centres -Institutions
- National Delegates
UEMS;Nicolas Christodoulou (Rehab) (President), Bernard Maillet, (Pathology), (Secretary-General UEMS)
EFSMA, MJC; Andre Debruyne (Sec), Norbert Bachl (Vice-pres.)
Observers; EFSMA, Joe Cummiskey, Maurizio Casasco, Fabio Pigozzi
UEMS; Andreas Liveris, (Cyprus) Allergy, Despina Economoy, (Cyprus) Paediatrics
EFSMA’s aims for the next term and beyond are as follows;
- To have Sport and Exercise Medicine as a recognised speciality in Europe by UEMS
- A minimal curriculum approved by UEMS, MJC actively being taught
- Centres of excellence for SEM Clinics accredited by EFSMA
- A national manager in each country for EUMS, MJC
- A growing website of EFSMA and the EUMS, MJC, which is now in place
- Closer affiliation with FIMS, ECSS, EOC and other International bodies, inclusive of all, especially the Olympic countries of UK and Russia, European sites of the next Olympic Games, and with the most advanced and largest countries of Italy, France and Germany. (I am not sure to name countries which can be regarded negatively by others not listed)
- “Where does Europe end” close affiliation with our neighbours around the Mediterranean and beyond. Delicate issue ?????
- Biannual SEM conference, next one is in Salzburg 2011, in association with Austrian and Mid-European Rehabilitation Medicine
- A European Journal of SEM either alone or with FIMS
- E-learning, approved by EUMS, within an active Science and Education Commission
- Accreditation of scientific events for CME by EUMS
Joseph Cummiskey MD
President EFSMA 2009-2013