Group picture speakers 9th Swiss Sports PT conference

The 9th SSPA Conference

More than 350 sports PTs participated at the 9th annual conference of the Swiss Sports Physiotherapy Association (SSPA), which took place in Bern (Bern Expo) on November 18, 2011.

Among the speakers, some world-renowned researchers as: Paul Hodges (Australia), Tim Hewett (USA), Erik Witvrouw (Belgium) and Kristian Thorborg (Denmark)!

The multimedia support of the conference was provided -as usual- by VON GREBEL MOTION with our friend Cony von Grebel.

F-MARC and 11


The nr 11 has become in these years the symbol of F-MARC, with our worldwide projects 11+ and 11 for Health.

Please visit the new website for more information.

We thank our friend Cony (von Grebel Motion AG, video web graphics) for the great multi-media support!

Adidas hall of fame

Visit to ADIDAS

Nov 11, 2011. F-MARC visits ADIDAS headquarters in Herzogenaurach.

Adidas was founded in 1948 by Adolf "Adi" Dassler, following the split of Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik between him and his older brother Rudolf. Rudolf later established Puma, which was the early rival of Adidas. Registered in 1949, Adidas is currently based in Herzogenaurach, Germany, along with Puma.

The acronym All Day I Dream About Sport, although sometimes considered the origin of the adidas name, was applied retroactively, which makes it a backronym. The name is actually a portmanteau formed from "Adi" (a nickname for Adolf) and "Das" (from "Dassler").

Book Cover Don

Soccer Anatomy by Don

Soccer Anatomy, the new book (Human Kinetics ) of my friend "Don" Donald T. Kirkendall, USA

Of special interest for F-MARC: chapter 2, "The FIFA Warm Up", or in other words "The 11+".

Here an excerpt from Soccer Anatomy, by Donald T. Kirkendall.

Injury Prevention

Injuries are a part of all sports. The most common soccer injury is a contusion (bruise) when you get kicked, fall, or bumped. The most common location is the lower extremity, mostly between the knee and ankle. Most leg contusions do not cause a player to miss much training time or competition. The top four time-loss soccer injuries are ankle sprains, knee sprains, hamstring strains, and groin strains. In elite soccer, hamstring strains are most common. At lower levels of play, ankle sprains are number one.

There are some gender differences. Females have a higher rate of injury to the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee. Newer data suggest that females suffer more concussions than do males. The difference in concussion rates may be real, or it could be skewed because women tend to be more forthcoming than men about head injuries.

Good prevention programs, when substituted for a traditional warm-up, have been shown to reduce common injuries by about one-third. FIFA presents an excellent graduated warm-up (The 11+). For players and teams with a special concern about hamstring strains, pay close attention to the hamstrings exercise and the balance exercises. These have been shown to reduce hamstring strains. The key to any injury prevention program is compliance. Programs such as The 11+ are not an occasional diversion. Players must complete these programs at every training session and do a shorter version before competition.

Neymar 2011

Neymar – 11

Neymar Jr (full name:  Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior), brazilian player of FC SANTOS (Santos Futebol Clube, Brasil) and shooting star of the Selecao will stay with his club until the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Neymar , who wears jersey nr 11, cooperated recently with the F-MARC team for a promotional clip on our projects (11+ 11 for health).

Israel Sports Conference

11+ workshop in Tel Aviv, Israel

November 3rd, 2011 – we had a 11+ workshop, co-organized by the Israel Football Association and our friend LIRAN LIFSHITZ (medical director), in Tel Aviv (Israel) , during „The Combined Symposium on Sports Medicine" (The Annual Meeting of the Israel Society of Sports Medicine & The 28th International Jerusalem Symposium on Sports Medicine).

Symposium 11 poster

Swiss Sports PT Symposium

Symposium 9th edition (18/11/11): less than one month to go!

Info on the 0fficial website of the Swiss Sports Physiotherapy Association.


Oct 12 – F-MARC meets OL greats

F-MARC was invited to visit the OL club house and training grounds, and to meet President JM Aulas, all-time great french international Bernard Lacombe and Remi Garde, current coach of the


Olympique L kids

Oct 11 – OL U-14 team

After a presentation on the background of 11+ and injury prevention to all coaches of the OL organization, we've the honour to perform practical demonstrations with the young players of the U-14 ( juniors of 14 years of age) OL  team on the pitch of the Stade de Gerland.

Lara Dickenmann

Oct 11 – Olympique Lyon … Ladies first

Together with Cony, we follow the training of the Women's team of Olympique Lyon (Winners of the UEFA Women's Champions League 2010-11). Lara Dickenmann, the best Swiss female player, together with 10 french internationals,  is one the star players of this team.


Logo Olympique Lyon

11+ F-MARC team in Lyon, France

October 11-12:  we visit Olympique Lyonnais (OL) , one of the most popular  football clubs in France. OL won its first ever Ligue 1 championship in 2002, starting a national record-breaking streak of seven successive titles!

World Cup - European Cup

Launch of 11+ in Spain at RFEF

October 1, 2011: an important day in the history of F-MARC. It's the result of years of research, work and dedication in injury prevention.

The 11+, F-MARC's complete warm-up programme designed to reduce football injuries, has been officially launched in Spain (Espana).

The home of the current European and world champions will become the first country to fully implement this practice countrywide.