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Department of sports medicine

Dr. Juan N. Garcia-Nieto Portabella
sports medicine

About the department

The sports medicine department at Teknon Medical Center Barcelona provides the athlete (both amateur and professional) with the care, advice, diagnosis and treatment they need to play sports in complete safety. Enjoying sports is the right of any person, so the department's doctors put all their knowledge and passion for sports at the service of the patient. The department has all the diagnostic tools, 24/7 emergency service, hospitalization, and the best team of medical consultants in all specialities. Furthermore, the Generalitat accredits the department, so an athlete can receive a Certificate of Athletic Fitness after completing various tests.

From sports medicine, the department offers solutions for all areas related to sports: training, physiology, nutrition, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of injuries, sports physiotherapy in all its aspects, sports rehabilitation, psychology and all those needs that arise from sports practice. The department employs professionals who have the experience and knowledge of the musculoskeletal system, which is necessary for a quick diagnosis, treatment and recovery after an injury. If necessary, doctors can choose an individual exercise regimen and advise on a balanced diet, stress management and lifestyle changes.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis:

  • Sprain and trauma
  • An acute attack of lumbago
  • Neck pain
  • Muscular contracture
  • Acute conditions and injuries 
  • Knee and shoulder injury 
  • Exercise-induced asthma 
  • Cartilage injury
  • Tendinitis 
  • Concussion 
  • Eating disorder
  • Bruises
  • Strains and breaks in fibres
  • Loss of muscle mass

Diagnostics:

  • Anamnesis
  • Physical examination
  • Measurement of weight and height, body mass index
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Blood pressure measurement
  • Auscultation of the heart
  • A complete examination of the musculoskeletal system
  • Kinanthropometric study
  • Spirometry (measures the volume of the patient's lungs)
  • Stress test
  • Digital X-ray or computed tomography 

Treatment:

  • Drug therapy and pain relief 
  • Sports physiotherapy
  • Sports osteopathy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Tips for lifestyle-changing
  • Active release technique 
  • Arthroscopic surgery (in cooperation) 
  • Alternative methods of treatment (kinesiotherapy)
  • Other treatment options 
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1988 Graduated from the Autonomous University of Barcelona with a degree in Medicine and Surgery with a Distinguished Qualification
  • 1992 Specialist in Physical Education and Sports Medicine at the University of Barcelona

Experience

  • 1988 - 1991 Sports Medicine Service of the Descheus Institute of Barcelona (Fundación Icatme), acting as external consultation and shift
  • 1995 Sports Medicine Specialist at Teknon Medical Center
  • 1997 Director of sports medicine service at the sports centre Holmes place
  • 2004 Dr. Marfil Santa Coloma First Division Futsal Team
  • 2004 Doctor of Spanish national taekwondo team at the U21 World Championship held in Korea
  • 2004 Men's Medical Director of the European Club Cup in Field Hockey held in Barcelona
  • Anti-Doping Medical Officer of the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation, Spanish Basketball Federation, Spanish Water Ski Federation, Spanish Field Hockey Federation and Spanish Football Federation
  • 2014 Head of Medical Services Unio Esportiva Sant Andreu

Awards, memberships, publications

  • 1993 Member of the Medical Commission and Anti-Doping Officer of the International Federation of Football Associations, FIFA
  • 2006 Member of the Board of the Academy of Sports Medicine of Catalonia
  • 2007 Member of the UEFA Medical Commission conducting in-competition and out-of-competition doping controls
  • 2011 President of the Catalan Society for Sports Medicine
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