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The Institute of Sports Medicine and Science at Tennis & Friends 2023. Mornati: "We are pioneers at high-level prevention"


Sports, entertainment and promotion of healthy lifestyles. "Tennis & Friends – Salute e Sport (Health and Sport)" returns to the Foro Italico and CONI is there with its Institute of Sports Medicine and Science. The ribbon-cutting ceremony of the event, which in 12 years has provided more than 200,000 free screenings, was attended by the Secretary General of the Italian National Olympic Committee, Carlo Mornati, along with, among others, Health Minister Orazio Schillaci, the Mayor of Rome, Roberto Gualtieri, the Head of the Department for Sport, Flavio Siniscalchi, the President of Sport and Health Marco Mezzaroma and the creator of the event, Giorgio Meneschincheri, President of the non-profit organisation Friends for Health and Professor at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome. Meanwhile, Italia Team “fielded” Olympic fencing champion Daniele Garozzo and top athletes in swimming, water polo and taekwondo – Margherita Panziera, Domitilla Picozzi and Simone Alessio. The 2023 edition is entitled “La prevenzione è GIOVANE (Prevention is YOUNG)” and is aimed in particular at youngsters, the main target group of the initiative, which, today and tomorrow, also brings together numerous National Sports Federations at the Sports Village. "We are extremely pleased to be included under the auspices of Sports Medicine, in which we feel like pioneers, since our Institute was founded in 1963," said Mornati, "and the Italian Sports Medicine Federation has been part of our great family since 1929. When it comes to talking about sports and health, we’re on our home turf. We must thank Giorgio from a cultural perspective for this initiative, because 12 years ago we were here in a different capacity with a tournament stand, while today we are here on this stage. This cultural dissemination also allows us, who are at the top of the sports pyramid, to fulfil, in the best way possible, our statutory missions and those of the IOC. Article 27 states that the task of the National Olympic Committees is to promote the medical care and health of athletes. Today we are here with four Olympic athletes – Margherita Panziera, Domitilla Picozzi, Simone Alessio, and Daniele Garozzo," he added. "These youngsters will be involved in the next Olympic Games, they are the pride of Italy, and they arrive at the Games after a screening, as so many are doing today. If they don't pass the screening at the Institute of Sports Medicine they don't go to the Olympics – it is the best form of high-level prevention. I thank Giorgio because he is able to translate this high-level work to mass outreach on the ground in what is a very important statutory mission for us.” CONI's Institute of Sports Medicine and Science – with Head Giampiero Pastore, Health Director Professor Andrea Ferretti and Dr. Maria Rosaria Squeo, Health Officer of the Olympic Area – is in attendance with five spaces dedicated to Sports Medicine, Orthopaedics, Dentistry, Nutrition and Sports Science, with free screenings offered by the Institute's specialists: Maria Rosa Squeo, Roberto Fiore, Andrea Serdoz, Ilaria Menichini, Domenico Zampaglione, Alessandro Spinelli (Sports Medicine), Andrea Ferretti, Matteo Guzzini, Federica Alviti, Gabriele Bolle, Alessandro Carrozzo (Orthopaedics), Angelica Petrilli, Simona Maratea, Andrea Roiate, Chiara Bellisari, Daniele Puzzilli, Simona Maratea, Edoardo Montemurro, Silvia De Nigris (Dentistry), Loredana Torrisi, Giulia Rossato, Alessio Franco, Lucre Lucrezia Macori (Nutrition) and Dario Dalla Vedova, Nicolò Brigati, Valentina Becchi, Antonio Indelicato, Chiara Ragona, Cristian Romagnoli, Francesca Ambruoso and Valerio Carlozzi (Sport Science).

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