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MD Elke Van den Steen

Dr Elke Van Den Steen 13667991
Specialist in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, working at the St- John’s General Hospital Bruges


The Female Footballer : does she exist …

Short CV

Dr. Elke Van den Steen is a specialist in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, working in the St- John’s General Hospital Bruges . She completed her postgraduate training in Sports Medicine and she performed a fellowship in the Aspetar Sports Medicine Hospital in Qatar. She has experience in treating male and female athletes in several sports.

She has been working for over 10 years as team doctor of the ‘Red Flames’, the Belgian National female football team and since several years as a Member of the Medical Board of the Royal Belgian Football Association. As Head of the medical department of the Club Bruges Academy she has also extensive experience in treating young football players. 


  • Medical doctor ( Ghent University )
  • Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine ( Ghent University )
  • Postgraduate Training in Sports Medicine ( Ghent University )
  • Medical Examiner of divers (Free University of Brussels)

Career achievements

  • Team Doctor of the National Female Football team (since 2005)
  • Board Member Medical Committee of the Belgian National Football Association ( since 2013 ) 
  • Doping Control Officer for the NADO (2009-2015)
  • Team Doctor Paralympics , Beijing- Hong-Kong (2008)