Prevention and Sport at the Olympic Museum.
Lausanne (SUI) FIG Office, March 11, 2009: The Olympic Museum in Lausanne hosted a colloquium given by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of Gerolamo Mercuriale, a precursor of sport medicine.
A brilliant physician, Mercuriale was a child of Forli, an Italian haven nestled in the heart of Emilia-Romagna and home to Prof. Bruno Grandi, President of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG). The foremost of all gymnasts took the floor at the Olympic Museum to speak to an attentive audience on the topics of gymnastics, sport medicine and the well-being that comes from movement.
Last year, the city authorities of Forli, in cooperation with the Nuova Civili delle Machine Association, set Prof. Grandi as President over a Committee created for the express purpose of commemorating the 400th anniversary of Forlivian physician Gerolamo Mercuriale. The celebration was intended to provide an opportunity to rediscover a visionary and to reflect upon his life work and extensive research on the relationship between movement and human health.
Yet Mercuriale’s work went beyond the boundaries of a mere biological relationship; he was an inquisitive and cultured man, and as such his sphere of knowledge was vastly stretched to include a great many fields, including functional anatomy. He studied pharmacology, dermatology, paediatrics, infant care, otorhinolaryngology, hygiene and epidemiology.
Alongside Professor Bruno Grandi, the keynote addresses were given by Bernardino Fantini of the University of Geneva and Vivian Nutton of University College London, under the presidency of Philippe Mudry, Honorary Professor of the University of Lausanne. They hailed the merit and vision of Gerolamo Mercuriale, the man who today is considered a father of sport medicine.