On March 5th the time has come. The Austrian federal government is lifting almost all corona rules from Saturday and is planning extensive opening steps. This will make sport possible for everyone again. After the lifting of the Corona measures, according to the motto “Sport connects”, the SPORTUNION wants to overcome existing rifts and build new bridges within society. “The corona pandemic has also triggered a movement crisis, which is why extensions of support measures – such as the NPO fund – are all the more important for sport. Thanks to the sports bonus, clubs within our umbrella organization have already gained around 8,000 new members after the first and second phase,” emphasizes SPORTUNION President Peter McDonald.
After the big opening day, existing initiatives should be further advanced and outstanding measures implemented, especially with regard to cooperation between the sports and health sectors.
According to McDonald, the right lessons must be learned from the crisis: “After the difficult months of the pandemic and the recent increasing lack of exercise, Austria must return to a healthier normality on March 5th. Sport is the best medicine, which is why we have a sustainable ‘Sport Deal‘ want with the federal government. We now need a paradigm shift in the sense of more healthy life years. We will continue to be an active driving force with our initiatives. Now it is also time to overcome existing rifts within our country and to come together again in Austria’s clubs. Our sports and club system is a bridge builder to a healthier normality,” says association boss McDonald, who, in view of the global situation in the sense of the slogan “Sport connects”, wants to put the common before the separating so that togetherness comes more to the fore again.
Apart from other major crises, the pandemic continues to cause many open questions and uncertainty. The SPORTUNION therefore organized a talk on the topic “Youth – Sport – Corona” in the city of Salzburg. Experts were Science Buster Martin Moder and the President of the Austrian Society for Prevention and Rehabilitation Josef Niebauer.
The central topics were the latest findings and facts about the corona pandemic. They answered various questions about the crisis, the virus and vaccination, especially in connection with sport. Among other things, the importance of exercise in terms of performance and well-being was emphasized. “It is a mistake to think that the brain functions independently of the rest of the body. If you want to stay mentally fit, physical activity offers one of the most reliable ways to get there. And by the way you become more beautiful and everything feels better. Too many benefits to let it slide,” explains TV show molecular biologist Moder.
Both experts are certain that Austria needs closer cooperation between the health and sports sectors beyond the pandemic in order to create more exercise and thus more healthy years of life. “Medical studies confirm that physically inactive people are more susceptible to diseases and have a higher risk of a severe course of corona infection. The worrying and increasing lack of exercise due to the pandemic is therefore an increasingly lasting burden on our entire health system. It must therefore be our goal to create a trend reversal towards a proactive culture of exercise,” states sports medicine specialist Niebauer.