Design, Learning and Innovation in Developing a Physical Activity Training Network: L.U.C.A.S Project
This paper introduces a seven-country international partner consortium project carried out under the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union. The project was titled L.U.C.A.S. (Links United for Coma Awakenings through Sport). Targeted user-group was acquired brain injured, spinal cord injury, and patients recovering from coma – many being profoundly impaired some being vegetative state. Elaboration and sharing of rehabilitation models to consider best practices targeting physical exercise, especially adapted sports, was catalyst of the project theme investigating a posited methodology. L.U.C.A.S. ran from January 2015 to December 2016 and was built upon an earlier Lifelong Learning European Program funded five-country project titled L.U.C.A. - Links United for Coma Awakening having its focus on learning and dissemination of good practices.
The specific focus of the contribution is to briefly share both the Scandinavian research element of the project as well as the holistic outcomes to enable others to use, reflect, and critique the methodology. The paper also introduces the annual European Day of Awakenings that emerged under the L.U.C.A.S. project.
KeywordsAcquired Brain Injured (ABI) Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Physical training methodology International network development Design Learning
To other LUCAS collaborator/partner personnel, namely: Francesca Natali, Federica Ragazzi, Elena Vignocchi (Futura Soc. Cons. r. l., Italy); Fulvio De Nigris (Casa dei Risvegli project - Municipality of Bologna/Gli Amici di Luca Onlus Association, Italy); Elena Boni, Georgia Murtas (CSI - Centro Sportivo Italiano, Italy); Lieven Demaesschalck, Ingrid Knippels, Joeri Verellen (MOBILAB – Multidisciplinary Expertise Centre of the Thomas More University College, Belgium); Veronika Georgiadou, Onisiforos Hadkionosiforoy, Chrysis Michaelides, Mikela Michaelidou (European Social Forum Cyprus, Cyprus); Estrella Durá Ferrandis, Maria Teresa Ferrando García, Victoria Ibars Guerrero (SEAS - Spanish Society of Social and Health Care, Spain), Josep Francesc Sirera Garrigós (Dependentias - Asociación Estatal Para El Desarrollo De Servicios Y Recursos, Spain); Vaida Ablonske, Ilona Dobrovolskyte, Lina Miliuniene, Daiva Mockeviciene, Liuda Radzeviciene, Agne Savenkoviene (Siauliau University, Lithuania); Sara Fernandes, Fabiana Gomes, Filipe Neto, Rui Rebelo, Catarina Soares, Inês Teixeira (PODES - Desenvolvimento Sustentável, Portugal).
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