The day was designed to encourage physical and sporting activities among all patients admitted to the hospital.
The rehabilitation service of the Joan March Hospital
The Rehabilitation Service of the Joan March Hospital has held the Fisiolimpiadas, a day designed to encourage physical and sporting activities among all inpatients. The event, which took place on the porch of the Rehabilitation gymnasium, was attended by patients and an interdisciplinary team of health professionals.
Between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., interested patients had the opportunity to participate in various physical and cognitive activities in the open air. Once informed by means of a monthly calendar available in the rooms, the patients were looking forward to this special day. In parallel, the Occupational Therapy department produced personalised invitation cards to encourage those patients who did not require rehabilitation during their admission to join the Physiolympics.
Participants were organised into small groups and were assigned a circuit in which they rotated every 15 minutes or so, practising a variety of sporting gestures. During the day, patients were able to enjoy activities such as hockey, ramp, pinball, volleyball, basketball and petanque.
Rehabilitation staff, consisting of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, auxiliary nursing care technicians and orderlies, supervised and guided all activities to ensure that the planned therapeutic goals were achieved. These objectives included the promotion of spatial-temporal orientation, development of motor and cognitive skills, enhancement of muscle strength and maintenance of joint ranges, among other benefits.
The impact of the Physiolympics was very positive on the mood of the participants, who experienced more motivation, improved social relations and a sense of group belonging. During the day, patients had the opportunity to actively exercise in a role other than that of a patient and strengthened their emotional well-being.
At the end of the circuit, the patients enjoyed a well-deserved break in the open air, where they were offered a homemade orange slushie. In recognition of their effort and dedication, all participants received a champion’s diploma in the discipline in which they excelled and a framed photo of their sporting gesture as a valuable souvenir of the day.
The Physiolympics of the Joan March Hospital was an exceptionally successful event that reaffirmed the commitment of the Rehabilitation Service to promote physical activity, sportsmanship and the integral improvement of admitted patients.