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Duminică, 10 Decembrie 2017 19:54

The German university sports federation starts nationwide project to promote physical activity among students with health insurance company Die Techniker


Germany is a leader in turning today's sports stars into tomorrow's leaders, as evidenced by promoting exercise at the country's universities along with student-athletes like Timo Benitz (above), who won 1500m gold at the Taipei Summer Universiade 2017

From late night study sessions to tom foolery, the university days are a notorious period when health can lose priority to academics and exciting opportunities.



Fortunately for German students, the country’s university sport federation (adh) and the health insurance company Die Techniker have teamed up to promote healthy living at German universities. The nationwide campaign - called “Bewegt studieren - Studieren bewegt!” in the native language - seeks to make daily physical activity a part of everyday life for university students.


The German university sport federation and insurance company Die Techniker have teamed up to promote physical education throughout the country

There’s a message, and science, behind this mission. According to a recent Die Techniker study, three-quarters of university students feel stressed on a regular basis. As exercise is an ideal starting point to stable health, add and Die Techniker initiated their project with a physical education inspired kick-off event at the University of Kaiserslautern.

"Students who are active on a regular basis can strengthen their physical and psychosocial resources” said adh secretary general, Dr. Christoph Fischer. “We have asked our member universities to develop projects for a movement-oriented student-life.”


The "Bewegt studieren - Studieren bewegt!" campaign kicked off on the University of Kaiserslautern campus

The call to Germany’s campuses was successful: over 50 universities submitted  project outlines. Of these, 32 projects were selected and funded with 15,000 euros each. The student-led projects don’t just have seed money, they are also supported with health experts from the insurance sector and adh staff.

We do not just want to finance the project, but we also want to help to implement the ideas and bring them to start,” said Dr. Brigitte Steinkie, a Die Techniker expert who specialises in healthy universities.

Thirty-two projects for promoting healthy universities were selected and funded with 15,000 euros - along with access to experts in the fields of health promotion.




German University Sports Federation

In a nutshell
The German University Sports Federation is the umbrella organisation of the German University Sport Institutions. Students and professionals are equally represented in the most important adh committees. This special form of participation in equal terms is also resembled on the adh board. More than 180 universities and universities of applied sciences with some 2.4 Mio. students and 400,000 employees are actually members of adh. The federation concentrates on national and international competition sports and education.

Moving forward nationally and internationally
adh organises competition sport events in more than 50 disciplines every year. The German University Championships, adh-Trophies and the adh-Open events offer the suitable competition for about 12.000 students per year. The range of sports reaches from popular ball sports to classical disciplines and the latest trend sports. On the international level adh cooperates with the European University Sports Federation (EUSA) and the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The most important highlight in the competition calendar is the biennial Summer Universiade, which is the largest multi-sports event beside the Summer Olympics. The European University Championships, the World University Championships and the Winter Universiades complete the international academic competition calendar.

More than Education and Qualification
The adh education programme is based on scientific innovations and new trends to improve the local university sport. Main aspects are trainings on organisation and management skills as well as consulting and networking. Special emphasis is put on the support of young female professionals. In 2003 the Mentoring Project “Tandem” was launched to increase the participation of women in leading positions of sport organisations and especially in university sports.

Academic Career and High Performance Sports
The German University Sports Federation supports excellence on the field of academic and sportive performance. The success of elite student athletes can be seen e.g. through a portion of 42.4% students members on the German Olympic Team of London in 2012. In order to improve the academic conditions of elite student athletes to conduct an academic and a sports career at the same time, in 1999 adh started the project “Partner University of High Performance Sports”. Today more than 90 participating partner universities are committed to provide special services, curricula that are more flexible and creative solutions for collisions with respect to attendance time and examinations for a better combination of studies and high level sports.

Stars of today and tomorrow
It is not surprising that the German University Sports Federation has the reputation of being the cradle for next generation’s offspring in German sports on the one hand as voiced by the former NOC president Prof. Walther Tröger. A good portion of today’s leading sports officials gained first insights and experiences serving as volunteers in commissions and committees of adh. On the other hand numerous successful Olympic athletes participated in World University Championships and Universiades before returning from Olympic competitions as well respected or medal decorated performers. Examples are Michael Groß, Heike Rosendahl, Thomas Lurz, Ariane Friedrich, Ole Bischoff oder Britta Heidemann and many more.




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