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Interactive learning the focus as Communities and Crisis seminar begins


Interactive learning the focus as Communities and Crisis seminar begins

On its first day, the seminar Communities and Crisis – Inclusive Development Through Sport offered a packed programme of activities designed to challenge and stimulate delegates.

Starting with an Ice-Breaker, led by Jennie Wong, student of the ERASMUS Mundus Programme at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and currently intern at ICSSPE, participants were invited to develop, draw and describe their ideal community.

Global Phenomenom

Gudrun Doll-Tepper, Vice-President of the German Olympic Sports Confederation and Professor at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, talked about using the Potential of Inclusive Sport Programmes. In her presentation she offered an overview of the global phenomenon of sport and physical education, showing the amount of disciplines that have already been identified in the field. She encouraged to further strengthen interdisciplinary and international co-operation to increase the amount of inclusive sport and physical activity programmes.

Neurology and Physical Activity

In the following session, Alan Kirk, Professor at Kennesaw State University, USA, addressed the topic of Neurology and Physical Activity. Kirk guided the audience to discover the main mechanisms that regulate the cerebral and neurological system, and explained their importance for movement and sport activities. Furthermore, he described which the physical and mental effects of an injury of different areas of this system and therefore of a trauma can be (i.e. uncoordinated movements, loss of reaction to stimuli, etc.).

Engaging sport session

In a very practical way, Greg Dryer, Senior Lecturer at London Metropolitan University, UK, explored with the participants more advanced pedagogical approaches to help deliver more effective and engaging sport sessions. Additionally, in his workshop Teaching and Learning, he shared his knowledge on how work in the field can impact on longer term participation in movement programmes and have a positive effect on physical, personal, social and cognitive development.

Trauma and Relief

In a parallel workshop about Trauma, Trauma Relief and Debriefing, Professor Kirk explained how to deal with people under a effects of trauma. He started by providing the audience an overview of common effects that can be identified as traumatic ones. Moreover, he explored all steps of the so called Critical Incident De-Briefing, a traumatic stress preventative activity for everybody who was involved in a highly stressful activity, such as a war.


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Peter Pinzer


Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 23:00

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