Prof. Dr Tim Meyer
Prof. Dr. med. Tim Meyer went to medical school and, additionally, studied sport science at the universities of Hanover and Göttingen, Germany. As well as qualifying in Germany, he also qualified for medical practice in the US (USMLE exam). Dr. Meyer started as a physician at the Institute of Sports and Preventive Medicine (Saarbrücken, Germany) in 1996, and completed his doctoral thesis in Göttingen on endurance training with panic patients in 1997. His habilitation thesis (habilitation "German PhD" but with more extensive publication record, teaching requirements and exams) at Saarland University concerned applications of gas exchange measurements in sport. In February 2007 he was called as Chair for Sports Medicine at the University of Paderborn. In October 2008 he was appointed Chair of the Institute of Sports and Preventive Medicine at Saarland University. Meyer´s focus of research covers medical aspects of football, exercise physiology (focus on recovery), infections in sport and training prescription. Under his supervision, several training studies were conducted in elite and health-oriented athletes among them many soccer players (altogether over 250 publications as author or co-author in internationally referenced peer-reviewed journals). Besides his university work, since 1999 (starting in 2001 at the men´s national team “Die Mannschaft”) Meyer works as team physician for the German soccer association (DFB), as part of the national squad´s medical team (including the World Cups 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 as well as the European Championships 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020 and the Confederations Cups 2005 and 2017). He is the current chairman of the German FA´s as well as UEFA´s medical committee. At his institute at Saarland University, an international PhD program is hosted entitled “Science and Health in Football” as well as an international master’s course "High-Performance Sport".
Meyer is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (JSAMS) and - together with Franco Impellizzeri - of Science and Medicine in Football. He has been working in different editorial positions for other international journals before. Currently, he is still chairing the "Task Force Sports Medicine/Special Match Operations" which was responsible for enabling the re-start of the German Bundesliga after the Covid break based on an extensive hygiene protocol.