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WE-CARE, a new project launched to support elite athletes

by WoV
source: we-care.com.hr

An interesting project by partners from several countries, Co-founded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, has been launched to establish national care and development centers to support elite athletes in balancing their sport and education/employment results in Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia.



The main goal of this project is to establish a specialized center for care and development of athletes. The reality is that some parts of Europe, including Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia, do not have institutions regarding care and development of athletes. The lack of help and solutions leads to large number of sportsmen quitting sport because of (a) not being able to handle both athlete and student career and (b) due to serious injury which occurred but could be prevented with an adequate medical support. However, countries like Spain, Norway and USA have a long tradition of caring for their athletes with appropriate institutions, knowledge and tools which have been leading those nations to great results but more importantly allowed their athletes to have healthy and successful dual careers. In addition, these partner countries will be of a great help in creating these centers in Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia. Throughout the next three years, there will be 7 work packets each covering different parts of the project in order to successfully establish the centers. Also, one of the most important sections of the project is injury prevention and creation of a large data base regarding injuries and their treatment in top level athletes. Finally, with enough information about the problems in athletes’ careers, we will be able to develop a center which will lead them through their dual careers and help them find a new one after the end of their active sport life. 

Partners in this project, Co-founded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union are: 

  • University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Faculty of Kinesiology, Croatia
  • Croatian Olympic Committee
  • Faculty of Sports and Physical Education Novi Sad, Serbia
  • University of Novi Sad, Serbia
  • Olympic Committee of Serbia
  • University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Sport, Slovenia
  • High Performance Sports Centre of Catalonia (CAR) , Spain
  • National Institute of Physical Education and Sport of Catalonia (INEFC), Spain
  • Greater Pittsburgh Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, USA
  • Reykjavik University, Iceland
  • Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NIH), Norway
  • Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, Norway


More information can be found on the project website.



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