The Meeting of the EFSMA Executive Committee has been held on 12th November 2022 in Riga, Latvia.

During the Meeting President Maurizio Casasco and the Executive Committee members have mainly discussed about the state of art of Sports Medicine as specialty in Europe, following the achievement of the minimum number of Countries required for the official recognition - a great success for EFSMA that have been working hard for years to reach this goal.

Another important topic of the meeting has been the scientific programme for the next European Congress of Sports Medicine, that will be held in Wroclaw, Poland, on 19-21 October 2023.
Furthermore, the President has announced the Congress of the Italian Federation of Sports Medicine that will be held in Rome on 20-22 July 2023.

Following the election of the Executive Committee in May, the new members of the Scientific and Education Commission, chaired by Prof. Yannis Pitsiladis (UK), have been appointed: Evert Verhagen (NED), Wolfgang Schobersberger (AUT), Chiara Fossati (ITA), Herbert Löllgen (GER).

It was a special chance for the members to meet again and enjoy the warm hospitality of the Latvian Sports Medicine Association, also in occasion of the Lāčplēsis Remembrance Day, a commemoration of one of the most important victories during the Latvian War of Independence in 1919. On Lāčplēsis Day, Latvians light thousands of candles across the whole country and the EFSMA Executive Committee members had the opportunity to enjoy the celebration in Riga.


22-25 September 2022

At Guadalajara, Mexico

The Meeting of the Council of Delegates of the European Federation of Sports Medicine Associations (EFSMA) will be held on the occasion of the BASEM Annual Conference in Brighton (UK), on Thursday, 26th May 2022 at h. 17.00.

More than a quarter of adults in the world follow a sedentary and inactive lifestyle. Worldwide, about one in three women and one in four men do not perform enough physical activity to maintain or restore health. Levels of inactivity are twice as high in high income countries compared to low income countries. 

Therefore, corrective action is urgently required at the individual and society level.

Numerous prospective studies of the last 50 years have proven that regular physical activity has an evidence-based, positive and beneficial effect on enhancement, maintenance (prevention) and restoration of health (e.g. therapy, rehabilitation) and in the improvement of physical fitness. Nowadays, extensive facts and a reliable database for a favorable health effect of physical activity are available and accepted worldwide. Nevertheless, it is surprising that so many people remain inactive and have a sedentary or inactive lifestyle. Therefore, they have an "Exercise Deficiency Syndrome", although worldwide efforts getting people to be physically active are increasing. As a consequence, all new and innovative approaches are important to support a healthy lifestyle.

At this regard, EFSMA presents:

THE MAGIC POWER OF EXERCISE: THE TEN PILLAR MODEL - Guide How to Promote Physical Activity and Motivate Behavioral Change

H. Löllgen, N. Bachl, Y. Pitsiladis, F. Pigozzi, M.Casasco

Following the feedback gathered from the international survey on the importance of heat therapy in clinical practice for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain in Europe, EFSMA is glad to announc the release of the Doc Cast "Talks About Relief!".

This video series - realized with the contribution of Angelini Pharma SpA and guided by an international scientific board - wants to create an interdisciplinary network of experts in order to share experiences and therapeutic approaches to the management of musculoskeletal pain. In the three episodes of the series three international experts address the topic from different points of view: from the clinical orthopedic aspects to the management in sports and to the definition of pain in literature and the presentation of specific clinical cases.

EFSMA invites all the National Associations Members to participate actively to this initiative, watching the first two episodes, "Treatment Options in Musculoskeletal Pain: Comparing Experiences" and "Heat and Cold Therapy in Acute and Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain", and presenting in the box below the videos their own comments and testimonies, to propose additional topics, interact with the speakers and the international colleagues or apply as a further interviewee.


Link to the episodes:




The 55th EFSMA Executive Committee Meeting has been held on 23th October in Rome, Italy, hosted by the Italian Federation of Sports Medicine.

The meeting, officiated by President Casasco with the presence of the President of the International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS), Prof. Fabio Pigozzi, is the first one held in person after a long time, due to epidemiological emergency. It has seen the participation of the Executive Committee Members, both in presence and in web conference.

It was focused on essential themes for EFSMA, such as the recognition of Sports Medicine as a specialty in Europe and the reinforcement of the exchange of knowledge and competences, the organization of next events and EFSMA’s commitment for the protection of health through sports and physical activity in the emergency context.
In particular, this was the last meeting of the Executive Committee before the 12th EFSMA Congress of Sports Medicine that will be held in 2022, when the Elective Council of Delegates will take place one year late due to the postponement caused by the pandemic. For this reason, in view of the upcoming elections, the President wanted to focus on a strategic plan that will allow EFSMA to develop further from a scientific, financial and organizational point of view.

Following some pictures of the Executive Committee Meeting:


Sports and Exercise Medicine professionals support the health and performance of elite and recreational athletes.

They improve the safety of participation in sports activities by conducting regular medical monitoring and periodical medical Pre-Participation Evaluations (PPE). In order to standardise national variations in the content of evaluation forms for the PPE, the EFSMA Scientific and Educational Commission proposes a PPE gold standard for elite and recreational athletes across Europe.

Introducing such a medical history and physical examination form, which can be digitally stored, enables a comprehensive international evaluation and an important step towards quality control within Europe.


Pre-Participation Evaluation Form for Elite Athletes

Pre-Participation Evaluation Form for Recreational Athletes

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