FLASS: Fédération Luxembourgeoise des Associations de Sport de Santé
The Fédération Luxembourgeoise des Associations de Sport de Santé (FLASS) aims to increase the participation of people with chronic diseases in therapeutic physical activity classes offered in Luxembourg by its members in order to reduce the risk of recurrences of their diseases and / or to give them a greater quality of life.
FLASS: aim and missions
The aim of FLASS is to bring together federations, associations, groups and organizations which offer physical activities in Luxembourg, on a non-profit basis, as part of primary and secondary prevention of chronic diseases. These diseases can be neurological, cardiac, pulmonary, metabolic, muscular, bone, articular, oncological or psychic.
The FLASS missions are:
to develop and disseminate the concept of “Sport de Santé” in Luxembourg,
to promote physical activities in the field of “Sport de Santé“,
to support the training effort for monitors and other supervisory staff,
to guarantee the security and user-friendliness of the practices offered.
The role of FLASS is also to support and enhance its members and represent them with public authorities.
History of health Sport in Luxembourg
Health sport was initiated in Luxembourg in 1984 with the creation of the Association Luxembourgeoise des Groupes Sportifs pour Cardiaques (ALGSC) by cardiologists and cardiac patients to offer a therapeutic physical activity, in particular following phase II of cardiac rehabilitation.
Since then, the health sport has developed gradually and classes of therapeutic physical activity have emerged in recent decades for many other chronic diseases such as obesity and oncological, neurological, rare, orthopedic and psychosomatic diseases. These classes have developed in parallel with scientific discoveries regarding the health benefits of physical activity for people with chronic diseases.
The Œuvre Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte (the Œuvre) organized a round table bringing together players in the sports sector who identified the needs relating to health sport. Following this round table and thanks to the financial support and commitment of the Œuvre, the realization of the Sport-Santé project was entrusted to the Sports Medicine Research Laboratory of the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) which has made it possible to take many steps to increase the number of participants in therapeutic physical activity classes.
In April 2015, the sport-sante.lu website was launched. The website contains theoretical and practical information concerning health sport.
In March 2016, the Fédération Luxembourgeoise des Associations de Sport de Santé (FLASS) was created, thanks to the network developed within the framework of the Sport-Santé project, to coordinate, develop and promote health sport.
In 2017, the Œuvre, the LIH and the FLASS prepared a National Therapeutic Sports-Health Program (PNTSS) and presented it to the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Sports. The PNTSS contains four axes: coordination, promotion, training, research.
The PNTSS aims to:
to support the organization of therapeutic physical activities offered to patients with chronic diseases,
to promote these physical activities to healthcare professionals, patients and the general public by carrying out adapted awareness campaigns,
create suitable training for monitors of therapeutic physical activities and for healthcare professionals who will educate patients,
- to stimulate scientific research in the field of therapeutic physical activity.
In January 2018, the FLASS obtained from the Ministry of Health the credits necessary to reimburse the services of persons supervising the therapeutic physical activity classes offered by its members and to subsidize a position of Executive Officer for the coordination, promotion, training and research in health sport.
In June 2018, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Sports and the Ministry of Social Security launched (in collaboration with FLASS, the Œuvre and the LIH) the PNTSS, as well as its “Sport-Santé 2018” national campaign which included the broadcasting of TV spots (funded by the Œuvre) on RTL and by sending a letter including flyers and Actimeters to more than 2,600 general practitioners and dentists working in Luxembourg.
In agreement with the Œuvre and the LIH, the FLASS took over all Sport-Santé’s activities and now manages the website sport-sante.lu as well as all communication around the Sport-Santé label.