March 19, 2019 – The Department of Psychology, Education and Physical Education – Faculty of Humanities (FH) at Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) hosted its tenth annual Physical Education and Sports Symposium under the theme “Sports for All” in Lebanon. “Sport For All” refers to activities undertaken by the general population as opposed to competitive or elite sport, which involve amateur or professional athletes.
The symposium consisted of three speakers, each bringing their own wealth of experiences to the table.
Wafic Hamdan, President of the “Lebanese Sport For All Federation,” former player of the Lebanese Football Federation, and current sport journalist, talked about the benefits of the physical activities. He also discussed the program implemented by the Lebanese Sport for All Federation, and the role of the stakeholders of the Lebanese sport movement (government, ministry of youth and sports, media, Lebanese Olympic Committee, national federations, clubs, local communities, universities and schools) in the promotion of physical activities among the Lebanese population.
Adnane Al Charke, former coach of Al Ansar football club and the Lebanese football national team, and Guinness Book of Records holder for the number of national football titles in a row (11), spoke next, discussing the mental and physiological benefits of physical activity.
Dr. Zaher El Hage, Assistant Professor of exercise physiology at the Department of Psychology, Education and Physical Education – FH at NDU, provided a presentation on the effects of steroid use, both positive and negative.
The event targeted faculty members, students and people involved in the Lebanese sport community, with particular emphasis on students majoring in physical education and sports.