Innovative ways to increase physical activity in clinical paediatric populations
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Who this event is for
Kennedy Lecture Theatre (JHB 308), John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus
About the Presenter
Torge-Christian Wittke is a Sport Scientist and Social Psychologist from Hanover/Germany.
The former national rugby player has worked for 23 years with mentally and physically disabled children and adolescents. From 2012 until 2017 he was employed as a senior research fellow and clinical exercise therapist by the Institute of Sports Medicine at the Hannover Medical School. In this capacity, Torge has worked with children and adolescents during/after cancer treatment, children and adolescents with Cystic Fibrosis before/after Lung (also Heart and Kidney) transplantation as well as with children and adolescents with other conditions in the intensive care unit of the University Hospital in Hanover.
During this time, Torge also set up the Paediatric Sports Medicine unit at the Hannover Medical School, taught sport and exercise science students at the University of Hildesheim to work in a clinical setting and developed programmes to improve physical activity for children with rare diseases. He is also a member of Active-Onco-Kids, the internationally renowned network of experts in paediatric cancer and exercise.
Since 06/2018 he is the chairman of the charity Herzschlaeger and initiates exercise and health projects for homeless-, economically- and socially disadvantaged people and tries to set up a mobile exercise centre for palliative individuals.
Torge uses innovative ways to activate children and adolescents even during the acute phase of their illness. He tries to motivate his patients intrinsically and for this reason, he uses conventional, but also sometimes quite unusual approaches to develop fun and positive attitudes during this challenging time for a young person.
For him it is important to recognise children (with all their needs) and not only patients. During his talk, he will present interesting examples of his work and his way to deal with exercise challenges in a medical setting by focusing on ability and not disability.