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www.sport-und-ms.de – The platform for exercise and sport for people with multiple sclerosis

Since 2007, the Department of Sport Science and Sport (DSS) at Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg has been conducting scientific studies on the subject of “Multiple Sclerosis and Physical Activity”. Since then, around 30 patient events throughout Germany have provided information on the current state of knowledge on the positive effects of physical activity especially for people with MS (pwMS) and have motivated them to engage in physical activity.

In conversations with those affected, it was consistently shown that there is a high need for information regarding the performance of physical activity and training. Above all, however, it is usually not possible to find suitable offerings, contacts or people with similar interests (training partnerships, sports meet-ups etc.) for sports activities. If professionally supervised (rehabilitation) sports groups exist, they often cannot be found, as there is no coordination and contact point that brings together local needs and offerings across the board.

The aim of this project is to establish an internet-based platform for physical activity and training for and with people with MS.

Access to physical activity will be facilitated for people with MS through:

  • Connecting pwMS with each other (active pwMS, inactive, information seekers, …)
  • Connecting pwMS with providers of health-promoting, exercise-related programmes
  • Cartographic representation of information and users (pwMS, providers, offers)
  • Information on the subject of sports/physical activity and MS

With this project, structures will be created that will sustainably improve the activity-related care landscape and increase physical activity and thus the quality of life of those affected.

The project was supported in 2014 by the Gemeinnützige Hertie Foundation as part of the initiative mitMiSsion.

Period: 2014-2015
Project manager: Prof. Dr. Klaus Pfeifer
Project staff: René Streber
Sponsor: Hertie Foundation

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