Doctor Juan Antonio Corbalán is a Graduate in Medicine from the Complutense University of Madrid and a Specialist in Occupational Medicine and Physical Education and Sport Medicine.
His successful professional career as a basketball player, winning multiple awards and considered the player with the most individual awards in the history of Spanish basketball led to his later career in the medical field, focusing his work of Sports Medicine.
His stay at the Agostino Gemelli de Roma Hospital in 1980, was a first approach to this speciality, at the time not well known in our country.
As he states, “sports medicine is medicine based on functional capacity”, so that patients can establish habits to become healthier and improve their performance.
He has extensive experience leading Exercise Physiology units, and has also been a sports physician for the national basketball team. In addition to his teaching work has included collaborating with the Physiology department of the Complutense University of Madrid and working as a Professor of Medical and Sports Pathologies in the Sports Medicine School. Furthermore, he has published numerous books and works, always with sport as the backdrop.
Furthermore, he currently coordinates two research projects:
- Ongoing observation of pathologies derived from professional sport: research that seeks to ascertain the way in which professional athletes age, how their bodies deteriorate, and the repercussions of hyperoxidation in the life process.
- Behaviour patterns in patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: based on the clinical observation of patients, establishing the relationship with the fatigue pattern defined as a parameter by Doctor Corbalán.
Training, Degrees and Honours
- Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Complutense University of Madrid (1980)
- Doctorate courses (doctoral thesis not presented on this date)
- Specialist in Occupational Medicine (Occupational Medicine School of the UCM, 1982)
- Specialist in Physical Education and Sport Medicine (Sport Medicine School of the UCM, 1992)
- Príncipe de Asturias Award from the Sports Council as best Spanish sportsperson (1984)
- Villa de Madrid sport award
- Olympic Ordre from the Spanish Olympic Committee
- Gold medal and Master of the Royal Order of Sports Merit
- Commendation of the Dos de Mayo Order of the Community of Madrid (2009)
- 2011 – 2016, Director of the Exercise Physiology Unit at IRF La Salle
- 2009 – 2011, Exercise Physiology Unit, NISA Hospital
- 2007 – 2008, Exercise Physiology Unit, Novoclinic
- 2003 – 2007, Non-invasive diagnosis service, Virgen de La Paloma Clinic
- 1988 – 2003, Non-invasive cardiology service at Ruber International Hospital, Madrid
- 1993 – 1994, President of the Medical Commission and Anti-doping Commission of the F.E.B.
- 1993 – 1995, Physician of the Junior and Senior National Basketball Team
- 1980 – 1988, Assistant doctor of the Cardiology Service, Madrid University Hospital Clinic: external consulting, ward, ECG department, dynamic, cardiac stress test, echocardiography and teaching collaboration.
- 1976 – 1980, Internal student of the Cardiology Service, Madrid University Hospital Clinic
- Teaching collaboration with the Physiology department of the Complutense University of Madrid and the Sport Medicine School.
Publications, conferences and seminars
- Author of the medical book “Tu Cuerpo. Manual de Instrucciones”, Editorial Espasa, 2015.
- Author of the book “El baloncesto y la vida”, Editorial JC, 2014.
- Author of the novel “Conversaciones con Mirza”, Titano Editores, 2012.
- Author of the book “Momentos estelares de la Selección Española de Baloncesto”, Ediciones Lumwerg, 2012.
- Co-author of the book “España 50 miradas”, Edición Corporativa de Accenture.
- Member of the Spanish Cardiology Association.
- Member of the Medical Board of F.I.B.A. (1994-99)
- Advisor member of the National Anti-doping commission (C.N.A.D)
- Member of the Sports Arbitration Commission
- Ongoing Observation of Pathologies derived from Professional Sport: research underway, addressing the organic ageing of professional athletes.
- Behaviour patterns in patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: research underway based on the clinical observation of patients and their relationship with the specific pattern of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Medical UnitSports Medicine and Physical Activity Sciences Unit
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