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Olympic Champion Sara Simeoni Talks about Gender Barriers in Sport and Medicine: Culture, Opportunities and Resources

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Movement Sciences and Sport Activities, University of G.D’Annunzio, 66100 Chieti-Pescara, Italy
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Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), 00197 Roma, Italy
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Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Internal Medicine Division, School of Medicine, University of Catania, 95100 Catania, Italy
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Academic Editor: Giuseppe Musumeci
J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2016, 1(3), 303-313; https://doi.org/10.3390/jfmk1030303
Received: 17 May 2016 / Revised: 1 August 2016 / Accepted: 2 August 2016 / Published: 9 August 2016
An overview of the relationship between elite athletes’ sport activity and medicine was presented during a conference with guest speaker Mrs. Sara Simeoni, Italian Olympic Games high jump champion (one gold medal, in Moscow, and silver medals in Montreal and Los Angeles). She has had a particularly prolonged career for this type of sport activity, and her endorsement and support, since she is a recognized icon of sport excellence, is very important. This is particularly true in relevant and sensitive topics such as gender inequalities, physical exercise and sport ethics. During the conference, the relationship between nutrition, physical activity and health, in both medicine and social life, were also covered. In reality, we still find that the cultural, economic, societal and political barriers are present and, currently, in some regards, they are even stronger than in the past. The interplay between evidence-based medicine, elite athletes’ training, physical fitness practice and physical exercise intervention in health and disease is still being developed. Defining methods and clarifying multidimensional outcomes should, as much as possible, be pursued, and sustainable strategies and tools should be discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: gender-based medicine; women’s sport; health psychology; clinical nutrition gender-based medicine; women’s sport; health psychology; clinical nutrition
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Simeoni, S.; Catalano, D. Olympic Champion Sara Simeoni Talks about Gender Barriers in Sport and Medicine: Culture, Opportunities and Resources. J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2016, 1, 303-313.

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