Prof Jiří Dvořák, MD
Regular exercise, quality sleep, good food and peaceful mindset are the cheapest medicine. And one that’s never too early, or too late to start with.
Dvořák is one of the world’s most renowned soccer medicine experts, having worked as FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer for over twenty years. In his years at FIFA, he mainly focused on spinal disorder prevention and sport injuries. He was instrumental in the genesis of a whole range of prevention programs, such as the 11+ warm-up for soccer players, which has reduced the incidence of players’ injuries by up to 50%.
Making use of the sport’s widespread popularity, he then co-founded the FIFA 11 for Health educational program for children, where well-known players, such as Lionel Messi or Carles Puyol, made appearance in educational videos. In 2016 over a million children from 51 countries took part in the project.
Together with Professor Manohar Panjabi from the Yale School of Medicine, Dvořák has helped expand the frontiers of knowledge in biomechanics of the spine, later assisting in the development of Intraoperative Neuromonitoring used in difficult spinal surgeries. He was involved in the founding of Eurospine (the spine society of Europe), the world’s largest organization of its kind.
He has also penned a number of scientific articles, published in international medical and scientific journals, while also working as senior editor at the British Journal of Sport Medicine.
During the 1994 FIFA World Cup, he was part of the team that analyzed legendary soccer player Diego Maradona’s positive doping test. This event has launched his fight against doping in sport. Between 2008 and 2016 he was a member of WADA’s (the World Anti-Doping Agency) Health, Medical & Research Committee. During his time as FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer, there wasn’t a single recorded instance of a positive doping test after Maradona’s.
Health brings wealth
Even small changes have a big impact on the quality of your life and that It’s never too early, or too late, to start making some!
Personal life and family
Today Dvořák works as senior consultant to the Board of Schulthess Clinic Zurich and as co-founder and executive adviser at the Bangkok Wellness Clinic, a part of the Bangkok Dusit Medical Services hospital network in Asia.
Professor Dvořák is married with four children. He is an avid athlete and enjoys both snow and waterskiing, windsurfing and golf.