Frédéric Van Burm - Osteopaat, DO, M. Sc. Ost. / International Sports Consultancy

Born and raised in Ghent (Belgium). Professional osteopath. Pioneer of osteopathy in sports. That is Frédéric Van Burm in a nutshell. You'll find him at work in his home city, but you might just as well meet him elsewhere in Europe.


After finishing his studies in physiotherapy, sports physiotherapy and manual therapy, Frédéric received his DO degree in osteopathy. Soon after he obtained his Master’s degree in Osteopathy summa cum laude (120 ECT, the highest academic degree in osteopathy), following his research into the effectiveness of cranial osteopathy for certain predictors of injury in major league football.

Part of his research and approach was already presented at the World Congress of Science and Soccer (Ghent 2012), at Science & Football Conferences (London 2012 and 2013) as well as during several of his workshops, for example at the World Football Academy.

Lecturer, student and researcher

The past years, Frédéric has been both organiser and student of several educational programmes in Applied Kinesiology. Here he has been focussing on the most recent clinical examination strategies that detect the underlying causes of injuries with athletes through very accurate muscle tests. He is also dedicated to continuously maintain and expand his vast basic knowledge through lecturing. He has been a lecturer for the past eight years at the International Academy of Osteopathy in Copenhagen (Denmark). On top of that he is also a sports commission member at the same institute in Ghent.


As an osteopath Frédéric has gained renown for his global view on sportsmen's hidden weaknesses that give rise to functional injuries. He works with international football players, top notch athletes, Olympic athletes and a lot of upcoming talent in several sports disciplines. Doing so, he keeps expanding his in-depth expertise in the detection and osteopathic treatment of the abovementioned weak links.

Work in progress

Frédéric sees his job as a continuous work in progress. Moments of inspiration and learning are greeted with great enthusiasm: by joining his colleagues at for example the AC MilanLab, FC Chelsea, Juventus FC (Turin) and Tottenham Hotspurs. Or through screenings at KSV Zulte Waregem (Belgian major league team - under Francky Dury, 2008-2010), at FC Red Bull Salzburg U18 (under Henrik Pedersen, 2013) and at NBA team New York Knicks (with his colleague Andy Barr, 2011-2013).

Major league football

Between April 2013 and July 2014, Frédéric was hired as osteopathic consultant with the medical staff of the Belgian Red Devils (national football team). With support from believer Lieven Maesschalck, the national team’s physio, he managed to introduce for the first time the essence of osteopathy as well as his ideas regarding prevention, readiness and long term health of the players.

The best way of optimizing football players through osteopathy lies in a long term approach. That is why Frédéric has been assisting topcoach Henrik Pedersen who now works in Scandinavian major league football club, in launching its own football health and sports science department since July 2014.


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