Conference offered scientific outputs, practical experience as well as going downstairs in an off-road truck

Photogallery: Alex Ženatá, Martin Višňa
thursday 25. may 2017, 9:28 – Text: Martin Višňa, Tereza Kučerová

The use of saliva analysis in sports, avoidance of physical education classes or the experience of teachers of pupils with epilepsy. This is just an outline of the variety of topics discussed at the International Conference on Movement and Health 2017, organized last week by the Faculty of Physical Culture. On the key day of the conference, some two hundred and fifty people took turns in BALUO Application Centre.

During the three-day event, physical education students who presented their work at the sixth Student Conference Full of Colours met experts on adapted physical activities from schools and organizations across the country, as well as teachers involved in a project called Kliko, who had the opportunity to try activities focused on the development of social and civic competences of pupils. A number of guests from abroad were also present, such as Donna Goodwin of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada or Andrew McKune of the University of Canberra, Australia.

Miscellaneous presentations were interconnected with the notions of "value" and "meaning" and there was no shortage of interesting topics; for example, the phenomenon of pupils with disabilities avoiding physical education classes as one of the limits of inclusion in education. "The Anti-Discrimination Act says that if someone has health limitations, it is not the institution's job to exclude them from education but to take appropriate and proportionate measures to enable them to engage in all activities," said Maxim Tomoszek of the Faculty of Law, who called on the audience to discuss possible legislative changes.

In fact, it seems that the efforts made in this issue have achieved its first results as Ondřej Ješina, representing the organizing faculty, demonstrated. Joined by the head of the Regional Department of Education, Culture and Sport, Miroslav Gajdusk, he introduced a new job  – an adapted physical activity consultant.   

Besides the presentations of the results of scientific work, a recently published brochure of the Moving Mole project, entitled “Up and Down – Always Together”, was introduced to the public. The publication presents cured patients sharing their experience in paediatric oncology. During the conference, guests could also try various activities, such as going downstairs in a Cimgo off-road truck, pushed by Karel Vondráček from Monoski Zlín, or wreath-and-bouquet-making workshop organized by Epischool project.

Although the Movement and Health conference offered a truly varied mix of topics, the Faculty of Physical Culture is organizing yet another, this time smaller event in the near future. It will be focused on motion analysis and will take place on May 31 and June 1 at the UP Arts Centre.