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Department of sports traumatology

PD. Dr. med. Peter Brucker
sports traumatology

About the department

The department of sports traumatology at ATOS Orthopedic Clinic Munich is an interdisciplinary network of complementary physicians, sports therapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, kinesiologists, and radiation therapists. One of the focuses of sports traumatology is the implementation of so-called return-to-sports tests to avoid or reduce the recurrence of injuries using modern technologies. The function of the affected structure (local), but also the respective extremity (regional) and the musculoskeletal system (total) is analyzed under video control during static and dynamic loads, and a risk profile for another injury is created, which is supplemented by an individually made, targeted training program. The internationally recognized sports traumatologists in the department are active in sports themselves, but they also look after professional sports teams. These include, for example, the German Football Association (DFB), TSV 1860 Munich, the basketball team of FC Bayern Munich, and the German Ski Association (DSV).

The profile of medical services available for both professional and amateur athletes includes both conservative and surgical treatment of sports injuries and damages. In addition, special medical training programs can be developed for rehabilitation after “return to sports” testing.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

The spectrum of medical service:

  • Knee joint damage treatment
  • Muscle/tendon injuries or overloads (especially on the thighs/lower extremities) treatment
  • The entire spectrum of orthopaedic sports medicine (musculoskeletal system) (sports injuries/sports damage)  

Surgical treatment options:

  • Preservation/refixation or replacement of cruciate ligament 
  • Refixation/reconstruction after previous cruciate ligament surgery
  • Cartilage/(bone) regeneration and reconstruction
  • Cartilage cell cultivation (MACT with membrane or in injectable form), AMIC with cell-free membrane, "Minced Cartilage" with endogenous cartilage, micro- or nanofracture; endogenous cartilage-bone transplantation (so-called OATS, mega-OATS or "sandwich technique"); 
  • Bone reconstruction 
  • Meniscus preservation through suture or refixation of the meniscus, meniscus reconstruction through artificial meniscus transplants, if necessary, combined with supporting techniques to improve meniscus healing (so-called "intraoperative biological augmentation"), and more. 

Conservative options:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Medical training therapy
  • Injections of the body's own activated blood plasma (PRP), hyaluronic acid, etc. 
  • Shock wave therapy 
  • Return-to-sports tests
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1989 – 2002: Studied sports science at the German Sport University in Cologne
  • 1992 – 1998: Studied human medicine at the University of Cologne, including study visits to the USA (Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA) and Switzerland (Zurich, Lucerne)
  • Non-university education: 1998 – 2000 state-certified ski instructor
  • 1999 – 2000: Specialist training in the department and polyclinic for sports orthopedics at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Klinikum Rechts der Isar (Prof. Imhoff)
  • 2000 – 2003: Specialist training in the professional association accident clinic (BGU) Murnau (Prof. Bühren)
  • 2003 – 2004: Research grant (Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Cartilage Restoration Laboratory / Ferguson Laboratory of Orthopedic Research, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Division of Sports Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania / USA (Prof. Fu)
  • 2005 – 2007: Specialist training at the Balgrist Orthopedic University Hospital, University of Zurich / CH (Prof. Gerber)

Experience

  • 2007 – 2015: Specialist/senior physician in the department and polyclinic for sports orthopedics of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Klinikum Rechts der Isar (Prof. Imhoff), among other things, head of teaching and examiner on behalf of the government of Upper Bavaria for the medical state examination (2nd section of the medical examination), transplant and cartilage officer and head of the knee team
  • 2015 – 2016: Chief Physician, Orthopedic and Surgical Department, Starmed Klinik GmbH (International Clinic for Knee and Shoulder Surgery), Munich
  • 2016 – 2019: Participation in MVZ Alte Börse, OrthoPlus Munich
  • 2017 – 2019: Chief Physician, Orthopedic Department, ATOS Starmed Klinik GmbH (International Clinic for Knee and Shoulder Surgery), Munich
  • since 2018: Private medical group practice (single practice), Orthopädie Ottostrasse 11, Munich
  • since 2020: Cooperation doctor in the main orthopedic department, ATOS Klinik München GmbH & Co. KG (special orthopedic clinic), Munich, Medical Director MVZ ATOS Klinik München GmbH, Munich

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Member of Society for Arthroscopy and Joint Surgery (AGA)
  • Member of Society for Orthopedic-Traumatological Sports Medicine (GOTS) eV
  • Member of European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA)
  • Member of German Society for Sports Medicine and Prevention (DGSP, German Sports Doctors Association) registered association
  • Member of German Society for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery (DGOU)
  • Member of German Society for Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery (DGOOC) registered association
  • Member of German Society for Trauma Surgery (DGU) eV
  • Member of International Society for Snowsports Medicine (SITEMSH)
  • Member of Association doctors eV Germany
  • Member of German Association for Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (DVSE) 
  • Member of Bavarian Association of Sports Doctors
  • More than 30 listed publications in medical journals, book chapters and editorials
  • Over 400 international and national lectures including moderation, live operations, preparations and presentations
  • Expert work (reviewer) for more than 10 scientific journals in the field of orthopedics, trauma surgery, sports orthopedics, sports medicine, sports science
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