University of healthy lifestyle
Many students and graduates of the Pediatric University can boast not only achievements in their studies and work, but also sports victories. Even during self-isolation, future doctors do not stop training – now online.
The University has 8 sections that are attended by more than 250 students. Many students prefer popular sports: basketball, volleyball, mini-football, swimming and arm wrestling. There are also fans of dancing, speed and strength training, and even ultimate Frisbee.
Ultimate Frisbee is a team sport with a flying disc. In St. Petersburg it was first known in 1989 from exchange students from Canada. In August 2017, Ksenia Sheikina, a student of SPbSPMU, became silver medalist of the European championship in this discipline among juniors. It is worth noting that before entering the University, Ksenia did running and did not even hear about ultimate Frisbee. She was invited to the section by activists of the sports and recreation Commission.
-However, sports at SPbSPMU are not limited to the work of sections.
Every year students participate in all-Russian events, such as «Arena Race» or «Path of unity». Future doctors also take part in organizing major competitions. So, in 2018, many students became volunteers for the World Cup.
The SPbSPMU trade union committee has a sports and recreation commission, whose main task is to make sports at the University a truly mass phenomenon. And the main channel of promotion here is social networks, which are actively used by students. Everyone can join the sports and recreation movement, regardless of the level of training.
The key to the success of the commission is that it employs real enthusiasts who speak the same language with students. One of them – Yegor Klimov, a 6th-year student of the faculty of Pediatrics of SPbSPMU – at the end of 2018 became a finalist of the «Student of the year» competition in the category «best propagandist and organizer in the field of healthy lifestyle».
According to Yegor, a doctor should be an example for the patient, an ideal of health and harmonious development.
- When a patient comes to the doctor, first he sees him as a person. At the end of the consultation the doctor makes recommendations. And it is immediately clear whether the doctor himself follows these recommendations. Will the patient trust a nutritionist with the extra weight? Or a physical therapist with scoliosis? Now medicine is moving from emergency to preventive, this is of paramount importance! – Yegor emphasized.
The first competition for her was the regional Intercollegiate Ultimate tournament «North-West League», which is held annually by the trade union Committee of students of SPbSPMU. Already in June 2017 Ksenia went to Moscow for the qualifying stage of the Junior Russian national team. Student of SPbSPMU got into the starting line-up and brought the silver Cup of the European championship to her Alma mater.
In 2018, as a member of the national team, Ksenia won the 4th place at the European championship. And in 2019 Russian athletes returned from this tournament with medals of the highest standard.
Today Ksenia continues to play for her University. Ultimate section is actively developing, recently in the national team of Russia got another student of Pediatric University. University teachers do not lag behind students in promoting sports. University employees not only take part in various sports events in our city, but also organize friendly matches with students. In February 2018 a friendly basketball match was held between SPbSPMU women's team and a team of University teachers. With a margin of only 6 points, youth defeated maturity.
Even a coronavirus infection could not stop the University's sports life. While in self-isolation, students organized an online marathon, shared video training sessions, and even held competitions in a remote format. Athletes exchanged relevant tips on how to stay healthy and maintain physical fitness during quarantine.
Both teachers and students are looking forward to the end of the quarantine in order to start training and competitions with new strength. Fortunately, the University has all the conditions for this: the dormitories are equipped with spacious gyms for team sports. In the hall of the hostel No. 3 the latest electronic scoreboard was installed, which allows you to keep a more convenient record of the results of matches. Citywide competitions can be hold in this hall.