Universidade do Vale do Sapucaí (UNIVAS)

Chapter leads: Israel Junior, André Botega, Maria Gabriella Borges

Israel Junior: I’m a third year medical school student from UNIVAS, MG – Brazil. Sports have always been a big part of my life. I played soccer for every school that I studied since I was a kid. Later I started to go to the gym and do other exercises that always gave me a better student performance and a nice mental and physical health. All of this conditioned me to believe in the power of sport to make us more powerful and healthier people. For that reason I believe that Medicine in Motion it’s a wonderful way to promote a better quality of life for medical students and I’ll do my best for the project and the causes!

André Botega: I am a third year medical student at Universidade do Vale do Sapucaí, MG – Brazil. I have been interested in sports all my childhood, mainly swimming. In the first year of college I tried to participate in several sports, but it was in swimming that I found my passion again. So I started going to training and I joined some competitions and it has been wonderful for both my physical and mental health. I have noticed how a medical student’s life is stressful and full of pressure and I am sure that sports are a great way out for all this problem. I am excited to bring this project to Brazil.

Maria Gabriella Borges: I am a fourth – year medical student from Universidade do Vale do Sapucaí, MG – BR. Since first year I played volleyball for my college and it has been wonderful both mental and physical health, it was so many times that i was so overwhelmed with my studies and that training was the way to relieve all the tension. That said, I think incorporating sports into medical student’s life is crucial to avoid burnouts as sports provide new interactions with new people and relieve the stress of academic life. I can’t wait to bring Medicine in Motion to Brazil!

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