Prevention in the Hertha academy

In general, how important is medical prevention?

Prevention is very important for me. I would recommend utilising what’s on offer at your GP and through your medical insurance. There are definite guidelines that link prevention with preventative check-ups in the age groups. We should definitely be doing these basic things. In my opinion, it contributes to a better and longer life.

What tests do you do yourself?

As an orthopaedist myself, I do tests for anything sport-related and related to the locomotor system. I am able to recognise change in the body, deal with it accordingly and give recommendations on how to stay healthy.

In osteopathy in particular, I recognise that the body is not functioning correctly before it becomes an issue. So I try to take preventative measures here. It’s fun and an approach that is important in physical fitness.

Are there any preventative check-ups that are particularly useful?

In orthopaedics, we are often talking about prevention. Colonoscopies, urology tests and breast cancer tests are one thing, but sport is a bit different. But, prevention in sport is absolutely necessary. The main thing here is in cardiology and the locomotor system. In football, it is very important to have a balanced muscular system. An example is the muscles in the thigh; if I have muscle on the front and not the back, then injuries to the back side become a greater risk. If muscle isn’t built up, then the joints have to carry the load. Good muscular systems mean that it’s easier to carry the body.