European Federation of Orthopaedic Sports Traumatology EFOST
The idea of founding a new organization in Europe dealing with Sports Traumatology, based on the association of different nations through north, east, south, west, or middle of Europe was planted after the First World Congress of Sports Traumatology in Palma de Mallorca in May 1992. Dr. Jean-Claude Imbert and Dr. Hans Paessler suggested a new formation of an amalgam in sports trauma consisting of national sports trauma societies from the different European countries. The new group was planned to be a Federation, not an individual society with the purpose of coordinate and improve knowledge on sports related injuries within multidisciplinary areas. Therefore, EFOST (European Federation of Orthopaedic National Association for Sport Traumatology) was announced to be founded in Munich by the initiatives of French and German National Societies (SFPTS and GOTS). The founders contacted with National Sport Trauma Associations and 1st General Assembly of EFOST was held in Santa Margareta di Liguria, Genova (Italy) at the Hotel Miramare in September 1993. Jean-Marie Baillon (Belgium), Jean-Claude Imbert (France), Wolfgang Pförringer, Hans H. Paessler (Germany), Pantelis Nikolaou, Georgis Priftis, Nikolaos Piscopakis (Greece), Filippo Rettagliata (Italy), Arthur Dziak (Poland), Jose M. Vilarrubias (Spain) and Mahmut Nedim Doral (Turkey) as the founder delegates. A constitution for an European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedic Sports Traumatology (EFOST) was accepted as a conclusion of this inaugural general assembly. Jean-Claude Imbert was elected as the first president of EFOST and the mission was announced as bringing the Sport Traumatology issue under the name of Federation together, spreading its concept throughout Europe and creating new ones in the Countries with no such organizations.