Prof. Thor Einar

Prof. Thor Einar

Chief of Sports Medicine

Prof. Thor Einar is the Chief of Sports Medicine at Aspetar Hospital. Previously he was Head of Football Research at the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Centre, the Department of Sports Medicine at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, and he has been a member of FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence network representing Oslo Sports Trauma Research Centre since 2009. He has a master’s degree in Health Administration and Management from the University of Oslo, and is also a trained physiotherapist, a consultant physician, and a specialist in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, as well as an authorised Sports Medicine Physician by the Norwegian Society of Sports Medicine. In 2009 he established The Norwegian FA Sports Medicine Clinic where he has been the medical director and a consultant specialist.

His main research focus is football injury epidemiology, football injury mechanisms and causes, and football injury prevention. He has published more than 70 original peer-reviewed articles and books, book chapters and booklets. In 2016/17 he was awarded a UEFA Research Grant and he is also a professor and a senior lecturer for the Master in Sports Physiotherapy Program at Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Department of Sports Medicine.

Since 1998, he has been Chief Medical Officer and Chair of the Medical Committee of The Football Association of Norway, and he has served as team physician for the men ́s national A- team in football from 2002-2014. He looked after key Norwegian national team players and Norwegian international star players such as Ole Gunnar Solskjær (Current manager ofr Man Utd), Tore Andre Flo (current youth coach at Chelsea FC), John Carew (Valencia, Aston Villa FC), John Arne Riise (Monaco FC, Liverpool FC), Rune Jarstein (Hertha Berlin) and Joshua King (AFC Bournemouth). Previously he was also team physician for the Norway U21 team. He has assisted several Norwegian premier league clubs in establishing professional medical staff teams over the last couple of decades.



  • Master’s in health administration and Management (University of Oslo)
  • Sports Medicine Physician (Norwegian Society of Sports Medicine)
  • Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist
  • Qualified Physiotherapist


Career Achievements

  • Published over 70 original peer-reviewed articles and books
  • Awarded UEFA Research Grant 2016/17
  • Professor and senior Lecturer at The Norwegian School of Sports Sciences
  • Chief Medical Officer and Chair of the Medical Committee of The Football Association of Norway
  • Team Physician of Norwegian men’s A national team (2002-2014)
  • Former professional football player

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