Fans, scientists and medical experts discussed the Jamaican success in sports together with Patrick Robinson and Merlene Ottey.
In commemoration of Jamaica's 50th Anniversary of Independence, the Embassy and the interdisciplinary Center for Sports Science and Sports Medicine Berlin of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin convened a Sports Forum on which the Jamaican success in sports was discussed. During the Summer Olympics 2008 Jamaica came fourth in athletics behind the USA, Russia and Kenya. Measured by the population, Jamaica has been one of the most successful nations in track and field. An ardent follower of global athletics, Judge Patrick Robinson justified the prowess with the variety of training programmes for children and young adults. He noted that, "the stellar achievements of Jamaican athletes on the international stage particularly in track and field, from as early as 1948, are as a result of the development of a system of athletic administration and training that started some 100 years ago".
The CSSB is also interested in the secret recipe of the sporting prowess of the Jamaicans. Prof. Dr. med. Karsten Dreinhoefer, representative of the CSSB Board and Head of the department Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, Prevention and Health Services Research was fascinated by the great efforts Jamaica has invested in their school training programs and has been pleased that the Sports Forum was a first step to increased dialogue and collaboration with Jamaica: "I am positively surprised by the enthusiasm and commitment for sports and I very much hope that we can learn a lot from each other". At the subsequent reception all participants discussed the presented suggestions as well as opportunities for further cooperation.
The Center for Sports Science and Sports Medicine Berlin provides an interdisciplinary scientific platform for the topics of sports and movement. In addition to the Institute of Sports Science of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin the research group of Musculoskeletal and Functional Analysis of the Julius Wolff Institute is also located in the building complex and use the facilities for the measurement of motions and loads on the human musculoskeletal system.
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