On December 2, Sino- German Video Conference on Sports Medicine Specialty Construction was successfully held at the Beijing Jishuitan Hospital Guizhou Hospital. Prof. Mayer, the Founding Medical Director of Schön Klinik Munich Harlaching, was invited to give a lecture online. The topic of the meeting is the specialty construction and clinical hot topics of sports medicine in China and in Germany.
Party Secretary Prof. Qiu Bing delivered an welcoming address, in which he shared the good news that Beijing Jishuitan Hospital Guizhou Hospital has become the first regional medical center enjoying national medical standard and resources in Guizhou Province. They also achieved a lot in specialty construction with five provincial key clinical specialties of orthopaedics, Osteology, pain therapy rehabilitation and anesthesiology. The hospital was ranked 12th in the surgical group among 128 specialized hospitals in the national assessment of public hospital, which provides much confidence to our future.
Prof. Mayer gave a lecture with the title of “Sports Medicine in Germany - Definition, Content, Organization, Practice and Science” to give an overview of the sports medicine in Germany.
In Germany, an amateur athlete may probably see a general practitioner first if they get a sports injury, after which they will be referred to a hospital or a center focusing on sports medicine.
There, they will receive a basic diagnostics at the outpatient or emergency clinic. And then they will be sent to a specific sub-specialized center according to the type of the injury. If a professional athlete is injured, they will be sent directly to the sub-specialized center, which is contacted by their team physician. Therefore, cooperation with clubs and organizations and certification from relevant associations are important for a hospital to treat professional athletes.
Prof. Mayer summarized that athletes require a multidisciplinary approach and the treatment of professional athletes is complex due to many non-medical influences on decisions and outcome, including the thoughts from different interested parties.
Therefore, individualized procedures and timing and close cooperation with team physicians, Physios, Athletic trainers, psychologists etc. are necessary. Besides, high level sports medicine requires scientific workup and academic cooperation.
Then, Director Zhen Dong of Sports Medicine delivered a speech of the specialty construction and future development plan of the department. During the discussion session afterwards, the setting of sports medicine outpatient and emergency clinic and rehabilitation center, the difference of MDT approach between treating professional athletes and amateur athletes and so on were discussed. Last but not least, Prof. Mayer also shared his experience of developing young sports medicine and foot and ankle department.