ICSSPE and the Freie Universitšt Berlin, in
co-operation with Germany's Federal Ministry of the Interior, will hold
a conference including a round-table talk to continue discussion on
impact sport and physical activity may have on traumatised people.
Trauma may rise from the incapacity to react to a life threatening
situation. The overlapping reaction of the sympathetic and
parasympathetic part of the autonomous nervous system in a shock
situation can be described as hitting accelerator and break at the same
time. The process to overcome this experience is divided into different
steps and there seems to be common agreement among experts that
immediate therapy can help avoiding a post traumatic stress disorder.
Experts at last October's seminar on Rehabilitation through Physical
Activity and Sport in the Tsunami Affected Area of Southeast Asia in
Bangkok discussed ways and times in which sport and physical activity
could be included in the relief process of individuals and into societal
reconstruction activities. Participants had controversially discussed if
sport and physical activity can be part of immediate help, but there was
concensus that sport and physical activity should be part of a long term
reconstruction process. Psychologists and therapists are convinced that
freeing traumatic areas, stabilising the condition of a victim and
reinforcing self- function might be supported by careful physical
The upcoming event will offer a forum for representatives of sport,
sport science and physical activity, psychology and development. Despite
the experience that local populations often know best what type of help
is being needed under specific conditions, such as the variety of
consequences after the Tsunami in Southeast Asia in Dec 2004, organisers
of the round-table aim to further explore the integration of sport and
physical activity into the process of personal rehabilitation and the
re-development of civil structures.
The event will be held at the ICSSPE headquarters in Berlin's Olympic
Parc 20-21 January 2006. The Deputy Minister of Youth and Sport,
Indonesia, and a member of the National Olympic Committee of Indonesia
have announced their participation.