Every year, now in its 6th edition, Sweet Team, ANIAD FVG OdV, (ANIAD affiliated association from Friuli Venezia Giulia, in Italy) organizes a “Sport & Diabetes” school camp aimed at people living with Type 1 diabetes and aged between 18 and 65 years. This year the camp will take place in Lignano Sabbiadoro (UD) from Tuesday, September 21st, to Saturday, September 25th, 2021.
Sweet Team considers sport a fundamental pillar, together with correct lifestyle, healthy diet, and pharmacological treatment, to manage diabetes mellitus and prevent its complications. The school camp is fully funded by the FVG Region, which has understood the importance of sports and supports the activities carried out in favor of people living with diabetes.
The Head of the school camp is Dr. Roberta ASSALONI, a diabetologist, assisted by the dietician Dr. Silvana CUM, also referents as the medical-scientific committee of the association. Sweet Team will devote the first day to education on recent progress in “Sport & Diabetes” to allow participants referring to FVG Region Diabetes Centers to align with current guidelines. The LAMA (Laboratory of Adapted Motor Activity) team, a group of trainers and researchers who graduated in Sport Sciences, led by Prof. Matteo VANDONI, will contribute to education with exercises adapted to people living with chronic diseases. In the specific case, they will support the diabetes team by testing young sportspeople with diabetes to assess their degree of athletic preparation, including heart rates and recovery times, and to supervise gym and Yoga exercises, water exercises, stretching, football and basketball challenges, bike rides, Cooper tests.
The psychological support is also delicate, essential for finding motivation and emotional balance and acceptance of both the condition and the technological equipment (sensors and insulin pumps) connected 24 hours to the body.
Interesting is the contribution of nurses, who interface with doctors in downloading sensor and insulin pump data for training and education on good therapeutic adherence.
The course also comes as an effective practical refresher on carbohydrate counting through expert dieticians, with an eye to the relevant role of proper hydration and appropriate use of different supplements for safe yet better performance.
You can find more information about the camp here.
The following are pictures from past courses, showing the excellent climate of trust and understanding permeating the group during the days spent together in a friendly, supervised, peer-to-peer exchange atmosphere: