ISSA Webinar: Rehabilitation and inclusion through sports

19 June 2024 | Virtual

ISSA Webinar: Rehabilitation and inclusion through sports

19 June 2024 | Virtual

Wednesday, 19 June 2024, 14:00−15:45 (UTC/GMT+2 or CEST)

Languages: Simultaneous interpretation in English, French, German and Spanish (Simultaneous interpretation – Frequently asked questions)

Holistic rehabilitation programmes seamlessly integrate care, return-to-work initiatives, social support and sports activities to effectively address health challenges. Sport is increasingly recognized as a powerful tool for social inclusion and patient reintegration.

In the realm of rehabilitation and disability insurance, the integration of sports activities has revolutionized the approach to rehabilitating individuals with work-related polytrauma and occupational diseases. Participants, after medical rehabilitation, are paired with a coach who tailors sporting activities to their specific health needs, enhancing physical health and fostering social integration.

This ISSA Webinar will underscore the importance of sporting activities within the framework of disability insurance and highlight the crucial role played by social security systems in facilitating rehabilitation and inclusion through sports. These systems offer support, advocate for inclusive policies and raise awareness of the benefits of sports participation for individuals with disabilities.

Join us for this ISSA Webinar, the 11th in a series organized in collaboration with the ISSA Working Group on Rehabilitation, addressing various aspects of this major challenge related to the ISSA’s four triennial topical priorities.


Dr Susanne WeinbrennerDr Susanne Weinbrenner, Head, Social Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, German Federal Pension Insurance (DRV Bund), Germany and Chair of the ISSA Working Group on Rehabilitation
Miriam Stuckert, Advisor for international and socio-political collaboration, International Section on Prevention of Occupational Risks in Health Services, German Employers’ Liability Insurance Association for Health Services and Welfare (BGW), Germany
Hafez HussainDr Hafez Hussain, Executive Director, SOCSO Rehabilitation Centre, Social Security Organisation (PERKESO), Malaysia
Dr Amedeo Amoresano, Physiatrist, National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work (INAIL), Italy
Dr Raúl Smith Plaza, Sports Medicine Physiatrist, Emergency Department Doctor, Medical Advisor – Paralympic Committee of the Americas, Board Member – Mutual for Safety CChC, Chile
Nathalie De WulfModerated by Nathalie De Wulf, Coordinator of the ISSA Working Group on rehabilitation

This webinar will examine the following questions:

  • How do social security systems facilitate rehabilitation and inclusion through sports?
  • In what ways has the integration of sports activities transformed the rehabilitation approach for individuals with work-related polytrauma and occupational diseases?
  • What are the existing gaps and barriers in these efforts, and how can international collaboration effectively address them?


  • Opening by Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano, ISSA Secretary General
  • Welcome by the Chair of the Working Group on Rehabilitation
  • Country experience from BGW, Germany
  • Country experience by PERKESO, Malaysia
  • Country experience by INAIL, Italy
  • Country experience by Mutual for Safety CChC, Chile
  • Q&A – Discussion
  • Conclusions

Practical information

The webinar is open to delegates of ISSA member organizations and invited institutions without registration fees.