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Document, create and translate knowledge: the mission of ReFORM, the Francophone IOC Research Centre for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health
  1. Géraldine Martens1,
  2. Pascal Edouard2,3,4,
  3. Philippe Tscholl5,
  4. François Bieuzen6,
  5. Laurent Winkler2,
  6. Jan Cabri7,
  7. Axel Urhausen7,8,9,
  8. Gaël Guilhem2,10,
  9. Jean-Louis Croisier11,
  10. Patricia Thoreux2,12,13,
  11. Suzanne Leclerc6,
  12. Didier Hannouche5,
  13. Jean-François Kaux11,
  14. Sébastien Le Garrec2,
  15. Romain Seil7,8,14
  1. 1 ReFORM IOC Research Centre for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health, University Hospital of Liege, Liege, Belgium
  2. 2 ReFORM IOC Research Centre for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health, Institut National du Sport de l'Expertise et de la Performance, Paris, France
  3. 3 Department of Clinical and Exercise Physiology, Sports Mecicine Unit, University Hospital of Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne, France
  4. 4 Inter-university Laboratory of Human Movement Science (LIBM EA 7424), University of Lyon, University Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne, France
  5. 5 ReFORM IOC Research Centre for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health, University Hospitals Geneva Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology of the Musculoskeletal System, Geneve, Switzerland
  6. 6 ReFORM IOC Research Centre for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health, Institut National du Sport du Quebec, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  7. 7 ReFORM IOC Research Centre for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health, Luxembourg Institute of Research in Orthopedics, Sports Medicine and Science, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  8. 8 Clinique du Sport, Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  9. 9 Human Motion, Orthopedics, Sports Medicine and Digital Methods, Luxembourg Institute of Health, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  10. 10 Laboratory Sport, Expertise and Performance (EA 7370), Institut National du Sport, de l'Expertise et de la Performance, Paris, France
  11. 11 ReFORM IOC Research Centre for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health, Physical Medicine and Sports Traumatology Department, FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence, FIMS Collaborative Centre of Sports Medicine, University and University Hospital of Liege, Liege, Belgium
  12. 12 Centre d'Investigations en Médecine du Sport (CIMS), Hôpital Hôtel-Dieu APHP, Paris, France
  13. 13 Arts et Métiers Institute of Technology, Institut de Biomécanique Humaine Georges Charpak, Université Sorbonne Paris Nord, Paris, France
  14. 14 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Centre Hopsitalier de Luxembourg, Clinique d'Eich, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  1. Correspondence to Dr Géraldine Martens, Physical Medicine and Sport Traumatology Department, SportS², Central University Hospital of Liege, Liege 4000, Belgium; geraldine.martens{at}uliege.be

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has supported athletes’ health protection1 by funding research centres dedicated to prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries and illnesses.2 After establishing four centres in 2009,2 the IOC research centres network expanded to 9 institutions in 20143 and the 2019 round recognised 11 centres.4 Here we introduce ReFORM—an international French-speaking network of five institutions.5

Who is ReFORM?

ReFORM stands for Réseau Francophone Olympique de la Recherche en Médecine du Sport, and we embrace the IOC’s vision to foster international collaborations.5 Five intercontinental countries created this French-speaking Olympic network for Research in Sports Medicine, with support from their national Olympic Committees (table 1):

  • French National Institute of Sport (INSEP), Paris, France.

  • Physical Medicine and Sport Traumatology Department (SportS²), University and University Hospital of Liège, Belgium.

  • Luxembourg Institute of Research in Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine and Science (LIROMS), Luxembourg.

  • Institut National du Sport du Québec (INS), Montréal, Québec, Canada.

  • Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, Geneva University Hospitals (HUG), Switzerland.

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Table 1

ReFORM members and respective expertise

Together, they serve hundreds of elite athletes and are at the forefront of high-level sports medicine and research in their respective countries.

What makes ReFORM unique?

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