Dr Mario Bizzini

Centre of Excellence:

Schulthess Clinic, Zürich, Switzerland

Medical Specialty:

Sports Physical Therapist, Sports Medicine Researcher

General information:

Dr. Mario Bizzini, PhD, MSc, PT is as a research associate at the Schulthess Clinic, a private orthopaedic and sports medicine centre in Zürich (Switzerland). He works there for the FIFA Medical Research and Assessment Centre (F-MARC), the orthopaedic and sports medicine departments, and in the Human Performance Lab. His research interests focus on hip and knee rehabilitation in sports, football injuries and sports injury prevention. He has at today 58 peer-reviewed publications, 5 books, and 11 book chapters on these topics, and has lectured at many international congresses. He is also a specialist in sports physiotherapy (committee member of the Swiss and of the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy), and a rehabilitation consultant for professional ice hockey and football teams.

Team/Sports/Research/Academic Involvement:

  • Weltklasse Zürich, Track & Field Meeting, Medical team, PT (1990-2006)
  • Grasshoppers Club Zürich, pro soccer team, PT (2004-2006)
  • Kloten Flyers, pro ice hockey team, Head PT (1998-2012)
  • FIFA Referees Selections, Head of Medical Team (since 2006)
  • 3 FIFA World Cups, 2 FIFA Women’s World Cups, 2 Olympic Tournaments
  • Swiss Concussion Centre, Head PT (since 08.2015)
  • Member of FIFA Medical Research and Assessment Centre (F-MARC)
  • Research Associate, FIFA Medical Research and Assessment Centre (F-MARC)
  • Senior associate Editor British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM)
  • Associate Editor of the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy (IJSPT)
  • Executive board member of the Swiss Sports Physiotherapy Association (SSPA)
  • Executive board member of the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy (IFSPT)

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