Centre of Excellence:

    Orthopaedic Clinic Munich-Harlaching, Munich, Germany

    Medical Specialty:

    Spine Surgeon / Orthopaedic Surgeon / Neurosurgeon

    General information:

    Michael Mayer, MD PhD is a Board certified German Orthopaedic – as well as Neurosurgeon specialized in Spinal Surgery. He graduated from Medical School at Johannes-Gutenberg- University in Mainz/Germany in 1981.

    He was fully trained and board certified in Neurosurgery as well as in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Free University in Berlin (1983 – 1992).

    He started his specialization in Spine Surgery in 1987 and became Deputy Chairman of the Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery of the Free Univ. of Berlin in 1992.

    Since 1998 he is Chairman and Medical Director of the Spine Center at Schön Klinik München Harlaching which is one of the major Spine Centers in Europe (2000 Spine Operations/yr; > 20.000 Spine Patients/yr in outpatient clinics). In 2007, his center has been accredited as FIFA Medical Centers of Excellence.

    He is currently a Professor of Neurosurgery at the Paracelsus Medical School in Salzburg/Austria. His current scientific interests are: Spine and Soccer ;Microsurgery/Endoscopic Surgery in Disc Herniations in Athletes; Causes of Low Back Pain in Soccer Players.

    He has been President of the European Spine Society as well as of the German Spine Society (2006).

    He has published more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has edited / co-edited 7 books.

    He is member of the editorial/advisory boards of several international scientific journals

    Team/Sports/Research/Academic Involvement:

    • Director FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence Munich
    • Professor of Neurosurgery
    • Lecturer Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg Austria
    • Scientific Interest: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
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    Lumbar Spine

    While the rate of injury is relatively low, 36% of players complain about low back pain.

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