The morning of the third day in Rome, the delegations went to the CONI Medicina dello Sport (Italian Olympic Medical Facility). The facility was really appreciated by the all participants. We visited several parts of the structure and met the Director of the Institute, Dr. Antonio Spataro alomng with Antonio Barchesi (director of organisation and services), Raffaella Spada (doctor) and Alessandro Donati (expert in methodology of training).
They described the organisation of the facility saying that it is composed of lot divisions such as cardiology, rehabilitation and orthopaedics. They stressed the attention on the innovative approach of CONI, which ultimate goal is to link medicine and sports, not only to enhance good health, prevention and rehabilitation of people, but also to link resources and athletes performance assessment.
Firstly, they showed us the swimming for rehabilitation and the gym, declaring that the latter is one of the most modern in Italy in terms of equipment and quality and it is accessible to all (privates and athletes). They added that the revenues from privates are reinvested for the development of the center. Then, we visited the cold room, a place that assures the fastest recovery of injuries and strong trainings, and the bod pod a tool that analyzes the composition and volume of bodies. Finally, we went to the swimming pool for diving and we could observe the ecologic composition of such structure that uses only solar light and has innovative cameras that record all the movements of athletes becoming solid proofs for future enhancements. Everyone was impressed by this methodology.
The afternoon session of Day 3 of the Mobility in Rome program consisted of a meeting with the team leaders from the 4 participating sports clubs, Olympiacos SFP (Greece), Levski Sports for All (Bulgaria), SD Crvena Zvezda (Serbia) and S.S Lazio (Italy). Th meeting was opened by the President of Lazio Swimming Massimo Moroli, who welcomed the visiting Clubs and conveyed S.S. Lazio’s eagerness to share ideas and visiting their respective facilities in the future. Various topics covered in the meeting included the scheduling of the 3 remaining club visits, budgets and the handbook that will be compiled at the end of the project for future reference.
The meeting delegates also attended another Erasmus + program co-financed by the European Commission, Sport for Different Heroes to show their support. Olympiacos SFP, SD Crvena Zvezda and S.S. Lazio Parachuting are partners in this event. It was held by the S.S Lazio Bowling Club for the Team Special Olympics Italia. The event was attended by the President of S.S. Lazio Antonio Buccioni and the Vice President of S.S. Lazio and Secretary General of EMCA Federico Eichberg both of whom participated with the bowling teams. The event was thoroughly enjoyed by the players as well as the delegates alike.