The first sports medicine center in the Hauts-de-France opens in Villeneuve-d’Ascq

The only sports medicine center in the Hauts-de-France is located in Villeneuve d’Ascq, with 5 doctors and a specialist in adapted sports. (©AS Hourdeaux/Northern Cross)

Dr. Geoffrey Wandji is a sports physician. He just launched “Doc for Sport” in Villeneuve d’Ascqsports medicine center. First in the regionnot only interested in the location top athletes. Doc For Sports is also open amateur athletes and chronic patients they want to play sports to improve their daily life. Based on Doc For Sports Decathlon Campus.

Making sports medicine accessible to all

Visiting the doctor at the Decathlon Campus in Villeneuve d’Ascq: possible from November 2022! But not for any consultation. The first sports medicine center opened in Hauts-de-France.

What’s special about it: as its founder, Dr. Geoffrey Wandji, a sports physician and coach of the French basketball team, notes, he wants to “make sports medicine accessible to as many people as possible.”

Doc For Sport is therefore intended for “patients” of different profiles: high-level athletes, as well as amateur athletes, as well as long-term patients prescribed an adapted sport. “There are few sports doctors in France. The desire is to democratize this discipline, which implements prevention, retrains injuries, and allows patients to receive therapeutic support through physical activity,” notes Dr. Wandji.

The medical center has 4 doctors, plus a cardiologist, an adapted sports specialist and assistants. Doctors Geoffrey Wandji are alongside doctors Yannick Castanet, Jean-Baptiste Crépin, Luc Cordier and Nima Endjah.

The advantage of these caregivers is “no longer feeling isolated.”

Simplify the care pathway for athletes

A great advantage for professional or amateur sports patients is to simplify the course of treatment. This is not possible when we know the delay for an MRI in the North is 6 weeks. We have partnerships with imaging centers to work faster,” Dr. Wandji notes.

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The medical center also wants to support sports clubs. Lille Métropole Basket was the first to join. “For us, it’s not just about treating injuries, it’s about anticipating them to avoid them. We have everything to gain from this,” said LMB President Bienvenue Djomatin.

Drug-free sports therapy for patients

Caroline Defontaine is an adapted sports specialist. “This is a non-drug treatment. The first thing is to work on the body-brain connection. We start by learning how the body works: how a muscle is created, knowing it, feeling it. I try to reconnect with myself through the body. The brain is important in movement. It’s important to rediscover the mind-body connection.”

Doc For Sport's waiting room is friendly!
The Doc For Sport waiting room is friendly! (©AS Hourdeaux/Northern Cross)

Two friendly doctors surgeries and a gym

Visiting this special medical center was possible during the inauguration of the structure on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. The building is located right next to the main entrance of the Decathlon campus, behind the basketball court.

First, the reception room is warm, with a sofa and even a TV! “We want people to not feel like they’re in the doctor’s office because it’s a party,” says Dr. Wandji. The center’s two medical rooms are decorated in a modern style (surf version and basketball version), equipped with the most modern equipment: electrocardiogram and ultrasound can be performed on site.

You wouldn’t expect to find a gym in a doctor’s surgery: Doc For Sport does! Balls, exercise equipment, weights, bikes and showers await you.

Appointment booking is made easy with the Doctolib app.

Entrance to the Decathlon Campus is in the building behind the playground, to the right of the main entrance. Learn more about the website. Make an appointment at Doctolib.

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