Measure I.2: Cross-border initiatives targeting the exchange of people and ideas to enhance the professional and civic society cooperation.


Project Title:          Improving testing abilities on postural and spinal column status – SpinLab



Project Budget:

  Project Value EU Contribution
Republic of Serbia € 73.861,97 € 62.686,65
Bosnia and Herzegovina € 71.652,00 € 60,803,89
TOTAL € 140.511,97  € 123.490,54



Beneficiary of funds in the Republic of Serbia: Faculty of sport and physical education – Novi Sad

Beneficiary of funds in Bosnia and Herzegovina:  Faculty of sport and physical education – Sarajevo




Area of implementation:

  • Serbia: Stara Pazova, Ruma, Sremska Mitrovica
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Sarajevo


The target groups of the project: Children 1610; Parents 586; Teachers 95; Doctors 103


Project duration: 20.08.2013. – 20.11.2014.


Project objectives:

The overall objectives:

Should contribute to detection and prevention of children and youth health problems with sensorimotor apparatus in Srem county and Sarajevo city district.

The specific objective of the project:

Specific objective 1.  Proper identification and research of sensorimotor apparatus and spinal column problems

Specific objective 2.   Raising awareness of target groups and informing community about the importance of prevention and detection of sensorimotor apparatus problems 


Activities and results of the project


Contemporary way of living and long time spent in seated position in front of computer and TV, along the luck of physical activity are major causes of the postural disorders and spinal problems. The research indicated that almost 80% of school children have some type of spinal disorder which affects their motor and functional abilities.


Partners from Srem County and Sarajevo Canton initiated project for the improvement of the postural and spinal column disorders in children age 5 to 12, this period in development being the most critical for the creation of deformities.         


Pediatricians, physiatrists, and other experts warn that timely diagnosis and physical activity adapted to child’s age is of importance for the prevention of deformities. However, prior to the project body posture has been estimated with the methods that are often not precise and very subjective. This is why a special equipment has been purchased during the project that has an ability to very precisely discover deformities at early stages. If discovered than deformities may be corrected with proper exercises.


During the project trainings were organized, initially for experts on the use of the equipment and later on for parents, doctors, and physical education teachers, all in order to discover problems in timely manner and prevent further deformities.


Children in schools and kindergartens in two cross border areas were examined, total of 1610 of them using new equipment, data was analyzed and suggestions were made for exercises and activities. Project created contemporary, efficient and self-sustainable system for early detection and prevention of deformities which should become standardized for children examination in both countries.