From September 26 trough 28, Berlin will see the 1st International Congress for
endurance sports and sports medicine, to be co-hosted every two years by the
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin’s sports medical department and the
real,- BERLIN-MARATHON. The congress will be organised in response to the huge
demand for information and discussion on topics related to endurance running
and medical aspects of the sport. It is intended to provide both a platform for
the presentation of recent developments in sports science and a source of
information for practicing physicians.
Where does this recent surge of interest in medical issues related to
endurance and sports in general originate? With a delay of about one decade
with respect to the US, we are witnessing in Germany two opposite trends in
public health: a lack of mobility with the consequential injuries and
disabilities in some people, an increased focus on sporting activities in
others, making a certain level of individual fitness the recognised standard.
From both cases result new challenges for general medical science as
coordinator and mediator of knowledge, while in practice there remains a lot of
catching up to do, in particular as concerns doctors’ specific training
and the implementation of motion therapy programmes. The Congress and its
subsequent events are supposed to respond to this high demand.
Competent input, however, is also expected from the sports medical sciences.
Sports medicine, which is still widely thought to be some sort of “repair
shop“ for high-performance athletes, has long undergone a deep structural
change. Over the past decade its focus has been shifting from the exclusive
commitment to elite performances towards a much more diverse and general
fitness oriented clientele. Taking care of such a heterogeneous and numerous
group of patients is a challenge not only for sports medicine but for the
medical profession in general, and this is where the Congress’ focus
groups of interest meet.
On the agenda will be classic sports medical issues in the fields of
cardiology, orthopaedics, nutritional and sports sciences, to be treated in
summary lectures and workshops. The event venue will be the Crowne Plaza Hotel,
Nürnberger Str. 65, 10787 Berlin.
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