The Institute of Kinesiological Research at the Scientific Research Center (SRC) Koper hosted a promotional event on Thursday, December 7, 2023, within the scope of the project, funded by the Interreg VI-A Italy-Slovenia program under number ITA-SI 0100054. The objective was to present the key findings of the Bed Rest SBI 2023 study to the participating individuals.

During this event, participants received personalized reports and recommendations aimed at preventive physical and cognitive activities. The study focused on a group of elderly male participants who underwent a 10-day period of complete physical inactivity (bed rest) during the summer months at Izola's General Hospital. Before this phase, they underwent a two-month training regimen to mitigate the potential decline during bed rest. Subsequently, a 21-day guided rehabilitation program followed the period of immobility. Health and physical assessments were conducted at the conclusion of each phase to ensure the reversibility of any observed changes. The results obtained will contribute to enhancing and establishing suitable rehabilitation protocols for individuals recovering from strokes.

The attendees at the Center for Humanities Sciences at SRC Koper were welcomed by the director of SRC Koper and the head of the project, Prof. Dr. Rado Pišot. Prof. Dr. Boštjan Šimunič, the head of the Institute of Kinesiological Research (IKARUS) at SRC Koper, presented the research findings. Additionally, contributions concerning the research impact were provided by IKARUS researchers: Dr. Saša Pišot, Dr. Uroš Marušič, Dr. Luka Šlosar, and Kaja Teraž.

The primary findings after the 10-day immobility period indicated a 5% reduction in leg muscle mass, a 9% decline in muscle strength, a 7% decrease in endurance, and a potential decline of up to 10% in other physical abilities. Nonetheless, all observed changes reverted to their initial values following the rehabilitation phase. Nevertheless, researchers still anticipate an extensive period for the processing of all collected data.

The event was collaboratively organized with partners of the project: General Hospital Izola, Universita degli Studi di Trieste - Department of Medical, Surgical and Health Sciences, and Azienda Sanitaria Universitaria Giulino Isontina.