Sport Healing Rehabilitation


The projects aims to define and validate a sport scientific protocol improved by psychiatrists, academic researchers and sport professionals. The protocol will allow to identify the most suitable sport for psychiatric patients with different diagnoses and backgrounds in order to improve their psychophysical well-being.


Sport for mental health

Fostering sport and physical activity in the psychiatric rehabilitation programs

Cooperation of partners

Collaboration between sports, mental health and education sectors

Sharing knowledge

Investigating best practices and entities in the European Union regarding sport and mental health

Quality of life

Supporting people with mental health problems and protecting their rights

Answer the Questions

Our Network

SPHERE is a collaborative partnership co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, composed by clubs and entities coming from all part of Europe. The Project is led by ECOS Europe.


European Culture and Sport Organization

ECOS Europe is a network of experts established to foster social, economic and sustainable development through Sport and CultureECOS Europe is a network of experts established to foster social, economic and sustainable development through Sport and Culture

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The Background

The basis for SPHERE

The Description

What is SPHERE

Meetings and Events


The Scientific Committee

The scientific committee is directing, monitoring, evaluating and validating all project activities for the progressive integration of sports and physical activity in the psychiatric rehabilitation paths.

Santo Rullo

Psychiatrist, ECOS member  and head of the committee (Italy)

Diane Crone

Professor of Exercise and Health at the Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK)

Jürgen Beckmann

Professor and Chair of Sport Psychology at the TU of Munich (Germany)

Fernando Cross-Villasana

Neuroscience Researcher at the Chair of Sport Psychology of the TU of Munich (Germany)

Stefania Cerino

Psychiatrist experienced in the psychiatric rehabilitation through sport (Italy)

Paul Sellars

Researcher in Sport Psychology at the Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK)

Francesca Cirulli

Senior Researcher at the Center for Behavioral Sciences and Mental Health of the Italian National Institute of Health (Italy)







Latest News

3rd Transnational Project Meeting: towards SPHERE Protocol

On 11th and 12th March 2020, all project partners participated in the 3rd SPHERE project meeting through Skype. 

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17 March 2020 0

Coronavirus does not stop SPHERE: Intermediate Meeting takes place online

Our efforts in promoting sport and mental health rehabilitation cannot be stopped: the Meeting takes place online.

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11 March 2020 0

SPHERE presented during SOPSI XXIV Italian Congress

Italian Society of Psychopathology dedicated a symposium to sport and mental health, moderated by Prof. Santo Rullo, with the participation of ECOS Scientific Committee.

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22 February 2020 0