Prof Dr Axel Urhausen

Treasurer, LIROMS

Born 20.10.1958 in Verviers/Belgium, Nationality of Luxembourg, married, 3 children.

Institutional address: Sports Clinic, Hospital Center of Luxembourg, Rue d’Eich 78, L-1460 Luxembourg


Academic curriculum:

1977 High-school diploma in Eupen/Belgium.

1977-1984 Study of Medicine at the Medical Department of the Catholic University in Namur and the Catholic University in Louvain/Brussels in Belgium.

1984 Licence of Physical Education for physicians at the University of Louvain in Belgium.

1984 - 2004 Institute of Sports and Preventive Medicine, Medical Department of the University of Saarland in Saarbruecken/Germany (from 1986 substitute of the head of the department, Prof. W. Kindermann).

1987 German certificate of competence in sports medicine

1990 German doctoral thesis in Medicine

1994 Post-doctoral thesis (habilitation) at the Medical Department of the University of Saarland (title „The overtraining syndrome“).

1998 Offer of the chair of the Department of Sports Medicine at the University of Dortmund/Germany

1999 Named extra-ordinary Professor at the Medical Department of the University of Saarland.

2002-2004 Chair replacement and sports medical teaching at the University of Giessen/Germany

2003 Secundum loco for the chair of the Institute of Sports Medicine at the University of Tübingen/Germany

2004 Offer for the head of the medical section of the German Institute for Applicated Sports Science IAT in Leipzig/Germany

Since 2004 Head of the Department of Sports and Preventive Medicine at the Hospital Center of Luxembourg.

Since 2007 “Maître de stage” for the formation in General Medicine at the University of Luxembourg.

Since 2007 Co-director Sports Medicine Research Laboratory, Public Research Centre for Health of Luxembourg.

Since 2009 Co-director Luxembourg Olympic Medical Center.

2010-2014 guest lecturer for the European Master in Clinical Exercise science” at the University of Potsdam

2016 Founding president of the International University of Health, Exercise and Sports (LUNEX)

Since 2018 Co-director Luxembourg of the 11th IOC Research Centre for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health



Médaille du Mérite Sportif en Argent du G.-D. de Luxembourg 1999, en Vermeil 2013.

« Sports physician of the year » 2016  of the German-Austrian-Swiss Association of sports orthopedics and traumatology (GOTS).


Scientific activities:

Areas of activity: Internal sports medicine and exercise physiology; Performance diagnostics/monitoring of training; Cardiac adaptation to exercise and training/ Overtraining; Injury prevention.


Over 260 scientific publications including approx. 45 peer-review publications as first or senior author and one book (see non-exhaustive list).

Former Editorial board of “Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise“, “International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance”, “German Journal of Sport Sciences”

Scientific advisory board of the journal "Deutsche Zeitschrift für Sportmedizin“ (German Journal of Sports Medicine):

Scientific advisory board of “Sportorthopädie-Sporttraumatologie“.


Reviewer for international peer-reviewed journals:

  • Heart
  • Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
  • Sports Medicine
  • European Journal of Applied Physiology
  • International Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine
  • Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
  • British Journal of Sport Medicine
  • Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports
  • European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Journal of American College of Cardiology
  • American Journal of Cardiology

 Reviewer for universities:

PhD-thesis: University of Queensland /Australia, University of Metz/France, University of Poitiers/France

Candidates for chair: University of Paderborn, University of Freiburg


Over 200 scientific lectures including approx. 70 as invited speaker on international congresses.


Organization of several international and national congresses in the fields of sports medicine: Currently organisation of sports medical international Congresses (1 per 3-4 years), Workshops (1 per year) and Colloquia (approx. 10 per year).


Sports medical care:

1984-1990 Member of medical supervision team of the German Speedskating Federation.

1988-2004 Sportsmedical care of the Olympic training center in Saarbruecken.

1988-2005 Head-physician of the German Rowing Federation with participations as responsible doctor on each World Championships and WorldCup-Finals incl. training camps.

2003-2004 Physician of the German Triathlon Federation

Member of the German medical team at the Olympic Games in 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004, medical team responsable for Luxembourg at the Olympic Games 2008 and 2012, as well as the Games of the Small European Countries (each 2d year).


 Main memberships in committees:

1993-2000 Medical Commission of the International Rowing Federation (FISA)

1998-2005 Scientific Council of the German Society of Sports Medicine

1989-2002 Executive Board Sports Medical Association Saar

1990-2004 Scientific Council of the German Triathlon Union

1998-2004 Section Mass Sport, Leisure Time Sport and Sport of the Elderly in the German Society of Sports Medicine

Scientific advisor of the Medical Commission of the National Football Federation

Board member of National Anti-Doping Agency of Luxembourg, member of medical commission of the National Anti-Doping Agency of Germany

Former nucleus member of the section “Exercise physiology” until 2012 and member of the section “Sports cardiology” of the European Association of Cardiological Prevention and Rehabilitation of the European Society of Cardiology

Since 2005 Head of the Medical and Scientific Commission of the Olympic and Sports Committee of Luxembourg.

Since 2005 Head of the Medical and Scientific Commission of the Olympic and Sports Committee of Luxembourg.

Since 2018 president of the Luxembourg Society of Sports Medicine (SLMS).


Supervision of academic thesis: 17 medical dissertations, 3 PhD thesis, > 50 master thesis.


Publications: Indice h: 46, indice i10: 93