SLOfit provides valuable medical advice for students and adults alike
SLOfit is also intended to be used when treating health issues in schoolchildren and adults. SLOfit data allows teachers to connect with doctors, especially when dealing with students with medical specialities. Within the My SLOfit application, we have provided the infrastructure to support better cooperation between the doctor and the physical education teacher, and with the schoolchild and their parents.
A key condition for implementing effective interventions at the level of an individual child or school is good communication between the teachers of the individual school and authorized doctors.
Movement recommendations instead of an apology
The cooperation of the physical education teacher and the doctor can be beneficial for both, but even more so for schoolchildren and their parents. The teacher can get information from the child’s doctor, especially in the case of chronic or acute health problems, and SLOfit encourages a recommendation for physical education lessons from the doctor instead of an ‘excuse’ not to participate.
With this cooperation established, the doctor can learn about the possibilities for improving the child's health gaining greater insight into the child's physical and movement development in the process. Based on this, he can advise the parents about suitable nutrition, refer the child to special medical treatment, and advise parents about certain health restrictions for engaging in strenuous training.
The doctor can access the child's SLOfit data directly if the parents give permission on the My SLOfit application, or they can bring a printout of the test results from school.
Exercise recommendations for those with health issues
Information about physical and movement development allows the doctor to judge, in the case of chronic health problems, to what extent the child's challenges are in exercise, and instead of ‘making an excuse’ for the child to miss physical education classes, allows the doctor more freedom to make recommendations for enhancing the physical education lessons (e.g. exercise after injury rehabilitation, special exercise for correct body posture), in which restrictions are written, as well as recommendations in terms of exercise type and intensity of the load. This also applies in case of acute problems.
A community approach to treating individual children
In the case of certain medical conditions that can be improved with the help of appropriate physical exercise (e.g., obesity, asthma, etc.), this exchange of data between the doctor and the physical education teacher enables a holistic, community approach, and the creation of individual exercise programs that can be implemented in combination with the school and health system.
On the basis of the SLOfit reports, a doctor can also suggest to the parents the inclusion of the child in complementary movement activities, in agreement with the school or outside of it. For gifted children, the doctor can advise parents with more accurate information regarding health limitations or challenges when engaging in strenuous training at young ages.