Tim Meyer

Tim Meyer

Head of international PhD programme “Science and Health in Football” at Institute of Sports and Preventive Medicine, Saarland University, Germany

Prof. Meyer´s focus of research covers medical aspects of football, exercise physiology (particularly recovery) and training prescription.  Besides his university work, since 1999 (since 2001 for the men´s national team “Die Mannschaft”) Meyer works as team physician for the German soccer association (DFB), as part of the national squad´s medical service team (including the World Cups 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 as well as the European Championships 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020)…

Prof. Dr. med. Tim Meyer studied medicine and sport science at the universities of Hanover and Göttingen, Germany. As well as attaining his German qualifications, he also passed the American medical examination. Dr Meyer started his medical work at the Institute of Sports and Preventive Medicine in 1996, and completed his doctoral thesis in Göttingen about endurance training with panic patients. His habilitation thesis at the University of Saarland regarded applications of gas exchange measurements. In 2007 he followed a call of the University of Paderborn, becoming  Chair for Sports Medicine. In October 2008 he was appointed as Chair of the Institute of Sports and Preventive Medicine of Saarland University. Meyer´s focus of research covers medical aspects of football, exercise physiology (particularly recovery) and training prescription. Under his supervision, several training studies were conducted in elite and health-oriented athletes among them many soccer players (altogether over 200 publications as author or co-author in internationally referenced peer-reviewed journals). Besides his university work, since 1999 (since 2001 for the men´s national team “Die Mannschaft”) Meyer works as team physician for the German soccer association (DFB), as part of the national squad´s medical service team (including the World Cups 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 as well as the European Championships 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020). At his institution at Saarland University he hosts an international PhD program entitled „Science and Health in Football“. He is one of two editors-in-chief of “Science and Medicine in Football” as well as chairman of the German FA´s and UEFA´s medical committee.

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