The Hegalak sports center celebrates its first decade of life

The Hegalak sports center celebrates its first decade of life

Hegalak is an inclusive sports center located in Donostia-San Sebastián, which has just completed its first 10 years of life. From the beginning, the club placed the accessibility of all people and health as the main focus.

(7-15-2022). Hegalak was born as a center focused on inclusion and has just completed its first 10 years of operation. It is the first sports center at a national level to obtain the AENOR certificate for accessibility.

Hegalak is an inclusive sports center located in Donostia-San Sebastián, which has just completed its first 10 years of life. From the beginning, the club placed the accessibility of all people and health as the main focus. “After these first 10 years we can say that the objectives set have been met. 3,566 people have passed through our medical service, and 2,048 people in physiotherapy and osteopathy. In addition, one of the icons is the swimming school where more than 5,000 boys and girls have learned to swim”, they say from the center.

Its manager, Jaione Izagirre, explains that “we opened the doors on June 25, 2012. Hegalak was born as a dream of an inclusive sports center and every day we work to continue achieving it. We have a doctor, physiotherapists, osteopaths and personal trainers in our health area. We have 2 rooms for directed activities and a cycle room, a fitness room, a 25 m pool, a small pool and a spa area”.

Ten years later, says the manager, “some activities have been changed, adjusting them more to our public. We currently have 1,300 associated people, although we have not managed to recover the maximum we had before the pandemic.”

He also values ​​that, “in these 10 years, we have achieved, through different programs, that more people with disabilities become active. We have 13 groups dedicated to sports activation for people with pathologies and for people with disabilities. Keep in mind that all this is possible thanks to our multidisciplinary work team: doctor, physiotherapist, personal trainers and room technicians. At the time of its creation, our sports center had many doubts, but today it is a benchmark”, he adds.

Health as a goal

Jaione Izagirre points out that “we understand sport as health, which is why everyone should practice sport. Our sports center is accessible and is adapted for the practice of sports for all people”.

Hegalak is the first sports center at a national level to obtain the AENOR certificate for accessibility and in this field there are many differences. “Since our beginnings, all our sports equipment and machinery has been constantly changed and modified to adapt to the users. In our health area we had to make a treadmill twice as wide so that people could perform stress tests on a handbike, for example”, he details.

In the Hegalak health area, he had to install a treadmill twice as wide so that people could perform the stress tests on a handbike.

Changes in the decade

Izaguirre assures that the changes and novelties that the center has been “incorporated lately have been produced as a result of the digital age and also at a communicative level with our users. Installing an app to create personal training, the digital activities grid, digital registrations…, etc, are some examples”.

For the next season, the directive affirms that “the project is to reach more users, that more people know the center and continue activating users. We firmly believe in our inclusive sports work model”, concludes Jaione Izagirre.

Installations

Hegalak has universal accessibility and has technical aids so that users can move freely, a guide for the blind or those with low vision, a magnetic loop and endless details designed for everyone.

The gym has a 300 m2 fitness room equipped with the most advanced technology in the sports area. It has cardio machines, dual accessible and hydraulic toning machines. There is a stretching area and a free weight area. There are two rooms for directed activities and a specific room for indoor cycling, which consists of HR telemetry and a stage profile projector.

The pool area is made up of two main facilities. The 12×25 pool, this pool is unique because in addition to having six lanes, it has an access by non-slip ramp and the triangular pool that is at 32 degrees.

It has Medic laboratory of 51 m², with treadmill, handbike, universal cycle ergometer and specific medical material. there is a bphysiotherapy ox equipped with ultrasound, electrostimulation, Bobath stretcher, combined therapy and laser. The Active physiotherapy room It has kinesis, trellis and abundant specific material. The personalized training room It has cardiovascular work machines, kinesis, trellis, vibratory and abundant specific material. And the Sensory stimulation room (Snoezelen room) is fully equipped.

water area

In the Spa there is a pool of jets aimed at different body segments, bubble beds and seats; 51 m2 Turkish bath, 57 m² dry sauna, contrast area, ice fountain, rest area and cyclonic shower.

The pool area is made up of two main facilities. The 12×25 pool, this pool is unique in that in addition to having six lanes, it has access via a non-slip ramp and its temperature is optimal since it does not drop below 27.5 degrees. The bottom of the pool is non-slip to safely and comfortably enjoy the wide range of activities that are taught. The triangle pool it is at 32 degrees and also has a non-slip floor and platform access. The maximum depth is 1.40 cm, which allows you to swim without fear and perform standing exercises throughout the pool.


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