Dr Christian Nührenbörger of the CHL Luxembourg is "Sports Doctor of the Year 2023"
Dr Christian Nührenbörger, Head of the Sports Orthopaedics Department and Consultant Head of Sports Medicine and Prevention at the Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg (CHL), has been named "Sports Doctor of the Year 2023" by the GOTS.
Dr Nührenbörger, who is also President of the Congress of the Society of Orthopaedic-Traumatological Sports Medicine and a presenter in Luxembourg this year, has been honoured for his national achievements in sports medicine. The prize is already be the 2nd. Sharing for someone from Luxembourg - in 2016, Dr Axel Urhausen was already named Sports Doctor of the Year by the CHL.
"I have no words, it was quite a surprise. You're crazy," said Dr Nührenbörger, who was completely "surprised" by the award. "I'd like to thank GOTS, the medical doctors, my colleagues Romain Seil and Axel Urhausen and of course my family for the support. It's a great pleasure to accept the title. "
With Dr Christian Nührenbörger, non-surgical sports orthopaedics as a mainstay of sports medical care can no longer be imagined in Luxembourg. In the meantime, even a number drawing device had to be installed in the CHL waiting room for his emergency consultation.
Dr Nührenbörger studied human medicine at the Wilhelms Westphalian University in Münster (D), with periods abroad in Lille and in the USA. He completed his training as a specialist in orthopaedics at the University of Magdeburg, the Hellersen Hospital for Sports Injuries and the Orthopaedic Clinic at Saarland University in Hombourg/Saar. In 1997, he graduated with a thesis on "fractures and dislocations of the root bones of the foot".
He obtained additional designations in sports medicine and chiropractic, as well as training in osteopathic medicine, atmospheric therapy, manual medical diagnosis and therapy for infants and disabled children.
He has been working at the Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg since 2004. Starting out in containers in the clinic car park, with his tenacity he has succeeded in establishing his leading field of sports orthopaedics in sports medicine, through teamwork with Prof. Dr. Romain Seil.
Dr Nührenbörger has many years' experience in providing sports medical support to clubs, associations and national teams in Germany and Luxembourg in a variety of sports - including rowing, football and triathlon - at events such as the last 3 Olympic Games for Luxembourg, as well as the European Games and the European Youth Games.
But the doctor has proved his commitment and expertise not only in caring for athletes at the highest level - his dedication also applies to leisure and health sportspeople, right down to the patient who "moves or can be moved".
He pays great attention to the fundamental ethics of the medical profession. He therefore applauds his athletic patients and welcomes good achievements, but rejects achievements at any cost. His stance in the fight against doping and the abuse of power in sport has been, and still is, clear and exemplary.
Christian Nührenbörger has been a member of the GOTS since 2003, and since 2022 he has been a member of the Board of Directors, working with the Children's Sports Orthopaedics Committee and the Education Commission. In Luxembourg, he is a member of the National Olympic Committee's medical commission and the board of directors of the LIHPS Olympic Support Centre.
From October, he will head up the CHL's sports medical department.