German Society for Sports Medicine and Prevention (German Association of Sports Physicians)

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German Society for Sports Medicine and Prevention (Deutscher Sportärztebund)
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purpose Medical society for sports medicine and prevention
Chair: Klaus-Michael Braumann
Establishment date: 1912
Number of members: 9,000
Seat : Frankfurt am Main

The German Society for Sports Medicine and Prevention (Deutscher Sportärztebund) e. V. (DGSP) is the umbrella organization of the 18 state sports physicians' associations in Germany, in which physicians from all disciplines who are interested in sports medicine or who work in this field are organized.


The German Sports Medical Association sees its origin in the German Reich Committee for the scientific research of sport and physical exercise, which was formed at the first German sports medicine congress in Oberhof / Thuringia in 1912 . It was the world's first sports medical association. As a successor organization, the German Medical Association was founded in 1924 to promote physical exercise at the second German Sports Medical Congress in Berlin.

The World Association for Sports Medicine (Association Internationale Medico Sportive - AIMS) was founded in 1928, with the help of the German Medical Association for the Promotion of Physical Exercise, which was renamed Fédération Internationale de Médecine Sportive, today Fédération Internationale de Médecine du Sport (FIMS). Arthur Mallwitz became general secretary .

The sports doctor as the official body of the German Medical Association for the promotion of physical exercise appeared for the first time in April 1928 (proven until 1934). This was followed by physical exercises, sports doctor education (1950–1952), sports medicine (1953–1958), the sports doctor (1959–1963), sports doctor and sports medicine (1964–1977), since 1978 the current name is German magazine for sports medicine .

In 1933 it was renamed the Deutscher Sportärztebund and soon afterwards it became part of the National Socialist German Medical Association . In 1950 a reorganization of the German Sports Medical Association was initiated in Hanover .

In 1954 the working group for sports medicine of the GDR was founded in Leipzig , from 1969 renamed the Society for Sports Medicine of the GDR . In 1990/91 the state associations for sports medicine formed in the new federal states joined the German Sports Medical Association. In 1999 the association became part of the German Society for Sports Medicine and Prevention (Deutscher Sportärztebund) e. V. renamed.


The goals are to promote research in sports and preventive medicine, teaching, and continuing education. Furthermore, services are provided for multipliers in sports and preventive medicine and measures are taken to increase health literacy among the population. The creation of networks with companies, associations and other organizations is another important concern of the DGSP.

Organization and structure

In accordance with the federal system, there are state associations for sports medicine in the legal form of registered non-profit associations (currently 18), the umbrella organization of which is the DGSP. The federal office of the association is based in Frankfurt am Main . With around 9,000 members, the DGSP is one of the largest medical associations in Germany and, after the USA, the world's second largest national specialist organization for sports medicine.

The highest organ is the delegates' assembly of the DGSP, which takes place twice a year. It elects the president and five vice-presidents for three years as well as the appointments of the sections and commissions. The state council consists of the chairmen of the state sports medical associations, deals with specific questions from the state associations for sports medicine and serves to exchange experiences. The Science Council represents the interests of all university lecturers in sports medicine in matters that affect the DGSP and university policy. It is made up of eight elected representatives from the Academic College , which includes all professors who have qualified as professors and who work full-time at universities in sports medicine.

The commissions for grassroots, recreational and senior sports , children's and youth sports , women's sports , rehabilitation and disabled sports as well as the history of sports medicine commission deal with specific issues .

Annual congresses of the DGSP were held every two years until 2011. The German Sports Physicians Congress on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the society will take place in October 2012 in Berlin . Thereafter, annual congresses are initially planned.

The specialist organ, the German Journal for Sports Medicine, is aimed at physicians active in sports medicine, scientists interested in sports medicine and sports science, as well as physiotherapists , sports educators and athletes .

Honors of the DGSP are: the medal of honor in gold , the letter of honor , the honorary membership , the appointment as honorary board member and the appointment as honorary president of the DGSP. After reunification , the Arno Arnold Prize and later the Joseph Keul Research Prize were awarded to promote and recognize scientific work in the field of sports medicine as a whole .


The DGSP is a member with special tasks in the German Olympic Sports Confederation and in the Working Group of Scientific Medical Societies (AWMF). She is a founding member of the World Federation of Sports Medicine, the Fédération Internationale de Médecine du Sport (FIMS) and the European Federation of Sports Medicine Associations (EFSMA).


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