Additional qualification in sports medicine

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In Germany, the additional designation of sports medicine is awarded by the state medical associations, subject to specialist certification, completion of one of the following further training courses and a final proof of knowledge through examination. In Austria, the Austrian Medical Association awards the ÖÄK diploma in sports medicine. In Switzerland, a certificate of competence in sports medicine (FASM) can be obtained.


Additional qualification in sports medicine is currently the only sports medical qualification that can be acquired in Germany. The diploma of the German Sports Medical Association , which was awarded until 2010 following a special training path , will no longer be awarded.

All-day sports medicine training

It has to take place for 12 months in a sports medicine facility under the direction of a further training officer authorized by the responsible medical association. The main focus is on teaching the physiological-internal-cardiological and surgical-orthopedic-traumatological areas. Overall, the same training content is to be taught as in the course system mentioned below.

Course participation and support activities

In this context, proof of participation in sports medicine courses and recognized further training events totaling 240 hours and medical care work in sports practice must be proven. The following sports medicine training content must be provided in the two following categories.

Theory and Practice of Sports Medicine

Proof of 120 hours of recognized sports medicine training in the theory and practice of sports medicine. Within this number of hours, individual areas (9 categories) are defined and require evidence.

The aforementioned advanced training content in both areas can be completed either in six weekly courses (5 days each) or 15 weekend courses (two days of 8 = 16 hours each). Combinations of weekend and weekend courses are possible.

Sports medicine aspects of sport

Proof of 120 hours of further and advanced training events in theory and practice recognized by the Medical Association is required - sports medical aspects of sport. These must be proven proportionally in the specified sports (9 categories). The contents are given in the practical area and in the theoretical area of ​​sport. Sports medicine aspects of prevention, sport-specific adaptation and rehabilitation must also be taken into account in a practice-oriented manner for the sport-related course events.

Sports medical care activity

Proof of one year medical care activity (totaling 120 hours) in a sports club, in a sports association or in another comparable institution must be provided. Sports that require systematic training in the basic motor skills of strength, speed, coordination and endurance (e.g. athletics , swimming , cycling , triathlon , team ball games , etc.) should be practiced in the supervised club . If the supervised sport does not meet these conditions on its own, proof of one-year supervision in a supplementary sport must also be provided.

In the case of systematic training of the main types of stress mentioned, the confirmation of clubs can also be recognized in which sports such as equestrian sports , golf , ballooning , motor sports , shooting sports , dance sports , hiking , fencing , hang-gliding , polo and table tennis are practiced.

At least 3 groups of athletes must be cared for by a sports doctor: B. competitive, popular, rehabilitation athletes, children, young people, women, men, seniors.

The type of care should relate to at least three of the following areas: - Sports medical examinations - First aid for sports injuries - Training support - Competition support - Sports medical training and further education for exercise instructors.

The care has to extend over a year and must include at least 120 hours per year. The activity is to be certified by the sports club.

Implementing Regulations

There are modifications to this framework in the area of ​​individual state medical associations. According to a specification by the German Medical Association, the designation "sports doctor" does not officially exist in the old federal states and may not be used here.

After completing the required qualifications, including the specialist examination in one of the medical subjects, the doctor takes the examination for the additional qualification of sports medicine at an examination committee of the responsible medical association.

Sports medicine qualifications from the GDR

The "State Recognition as a Sports Doctor", which was to be acquired in the GDR from 1956 to 1990 , could be converted into the additional designation of sports medicine upon application to the responsible State Medical Association.

The four-year advanced training course to become a specialist in sports medicine, which existed from 1963 to 1990, was given up after reunification. The acquired specialist title can, however, be used. Upon application, this qualification could also be recognized as an additional qualification in sports medicine.


In Austria, the Austrian Medical Association awards the ÖÄK diploma in sports medicine on the basis of Section 117b, Paragraph 1, Line 21 of the Doctors Act. The diploma regulations and diploma guidelines are based on this. By acquiring a diploma, existing special subject limits in accordance with Section 31, Paragraph 3 of the Doctors Act cannot be exceeded. A doctorate is a prerequisite for acquiring the ÖÄK diploma.

Training content

180 hours of which 120 hours of theory and 60 hours of practice must be proven within 3 years. The theoretical part has to be completed:

  • 4 basic courses each in the field of performance physiology, internal medicine and pediatric, totaling 40 hours
  • 4 basic courses each in the orthopedic-traumatological-physical area of ​​40 hours
  • 40 hours of general sports medicine in congresses and events

In the practical part, you have to do:

  • 40 hours of practical sports medicine seminars
  • 20 hours of medical sports

In addition, proof of medical support from a sports club must be provided at least in the last six months prior to submission for the diploma.

The advanced training must be completed within three years. In the case of a longer duration, 10 additional theory lessons must be proven per additional year.

A doctor who has obtained a diploma is entitled to add the designation "ÖÄK Diplom - Sports Medicine" after his professional title, including a reference to the award by the Austrian Medical Association. In the event that a doctor has acquired an additional subject, the title of the diploma must be given after the additional subject.


In Switzerland, a certificate of competence in sports medicine (FASM) can be obtained. The prerequisite is the possession of a specialist title. The applicant must be a member of the Swiss Medical Association (FMH). The training consists of the

  • Completion of eight 2-3 day training courses

This is followed by a practical and written final exam.

It is a 6-month, by an accredited by the Swiss Society for Sports Medicine (SGSM) Götti prove confirmed practical sports medicine activities (minimum level of employment 50%) or at least 3 years practicing as a doctor Association.


The Society for Orthopedic Traumatological Sports Medicine (GOTS) is the world's second largest association of sports orthopedists and sports traumatologists. Over 1000 of the leading sports doctors in the field of orthopedics and traumatology from German-speaking countries are united in the GOTS. In addition to ensuring competent care for sports injured patients, GOTS sets qualitative standards for their treatment.


  • Arndt, K.-H .: Sports medicine in medical practice. JA Barth Heidelberg-Leipzig 1998, ISBN 3-335-00542-2

Individual evidence

  1. BVerfG, 1 BvR 1662/97 judgment of March 9, 2000
  2. Diploma regulations of the Austrian Medical Association ( Memento of the original from October 29, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF; 59 kB)  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. a b Diploma guidelines of the Austrian Medical Association (PDF; 88 kB)
  4. Swiss Society for Sports Medicine, certificate of proficiency in sports medicine

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