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The Refit Toolkit

The Refit Toolkit is an initiative of the World Transplant Games Federations global Fit for Life! programme, aimed to help transplant recipients take the first steps to get active and start enjoying an increased quality of life!

Would you like to get active post your transplant?
Would you like to improve the function of your whole body?
Would you like to enjoy a greater quality of life?

The Refit toolkit is here to help you take those first steps….

A rehabilitation programme aimed directly at transplant recipients with advice, guidance and examples to help you improve not only your fitness and nutrition, but your mental wellbeing and overall quality of life!

This toolkit is designed to support, NOT REPLACE, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor or other healthcare professional. Make sure you discuss your fitness and lifestyle goals with your physician before signing up for this programme.

The Refit Toolkit

The Refit Toolkit is an initiative of the World Transplant Games Federations global Fit for Life! programme, aimed to help transplant recipients take the first steps to get active and start enjoying an increased quality of life!

Would you like to get active post your transplant?
Would you like to improve the function of your whole body?
Would you like to enjoy a greater quality of life?

The Refit toolkit is here to help you take those first steps….

A rehabilitation programme aimed directly at transplant recipients with advice, guidance and examples to help you improve not only your fitness and nutrition, but your mental wellbeing and overall quality of life!

This toolkit is designed to support, NOT REPLACE, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor or other healthcare professional. Make sure you discuss your fitness and lifestyle goals with your physician before signing up for this programme.

Benefits of Exercise

Evidence shows that regular physical activity is highly positive for transplant patients – having beneficial effects for all aspects of your quality of life and yet many people in the transplant community are still not fully aware of the enormous benefits that regular physical activity can have for your health pre and post-transplant.  Transplant survival rates are higher than ever before as adopting a physically active lifestyle tends to help the organ work better and longer.  The benefits of exercise are only starting to be appreciated and most clinical practice guidelines now recommend exercise as standard care for solid organ transplant recipients, however, most recipients don’t know when, where or how to begin their journey back to life.

As a global sports Federation that promotes sports for all, the World Transplant Games Federation aims to raise awareness and educate the transplant community on the benefits of physical activity and break down the barriers to exercise.

Our goal is to assist all recipients, regardless of age or fitness levels, to get Refit and make the most out of their second chance at a healthy, happy life.

Benefits of Exercise

Evidence shows that regular physical activity is highly positive for transplant patients – having beneficial effects for all aspects of your quality of life and yet many people in the transplant community are still not fully aware of the enormous benefits that regular physical activity can have for your health pre and post-transplant.  Transplant survival rates are higher than ever before as adopting a physically active lifestyle tends to help the organ work better and longer.  The benefits of exercise are only starting to be appreciated and most clinical practice guidelines now recommend exercise as standard care for solid organ transplant recipients, however, most recipients don’t know when, where or how to begin their journey back to life.

As a global sports Federation that promotes sports for all, the World Transplant Games Federation aims to raise awareness and educate the transplant community on the benefits of physical activity and break down the barriers to exercise.

Our goal is to assist all recipients, regardless of age or fitness levels, to get Refit and make the most out of their second chance at a healthy, happy life.

Introducing the
World Transplant Games Federation

For over 35 years the World Transplant Games Federation has been staging international sporting events and promoting education around transplantation in order to promote the physical success of transplant surgery and the need to raise public awareness and increase organ donation. The WTGF is a Not-for-profit international organisation founded in 1978. The Federation is run by an elected body – the Council, comprising the President, General Secretary, Treasurer and a maximum of ten Councillors from all over the world, all serving on a voluntary basis.

For more information on the World Transplant Games Federation please click here.

The WTGF currently has over 60 member countries, most of whom have their own national transplant sport organisations. Every year we see new members join the Federation with an opportunity to now participate in the World Games and benefit from the various educational campaigns, which we undertake.

If you would like to contact your local organisation please click here.

Transplantation – The Start of Another Journey

The World Transplant Games Federation understands that transplant recipients have ongoing challenges. A transplant is not a cure in its own right but a chance to start again. The Federation promotes the full rehabilitation and wellbeing of recipients through healthy lifestyle achieved through exercise and sport. Our new ReFit for Life! transplant Rehabilitation program is part of our Fit For Life! initiative designed to provide recipients with a simple step-by-step guide to a life of activity and sport while also creating an environment where physical activity is the ‘norm’ post transplant.

For more information on the Fit For Life! initiative please click here.

“Post-transplant my energy is being “rechannelled” into REjuvinating my
body, soul and mind into a fitness state!”

Heilie Uys – South Africa

“Being active, getting fit and being a Fit for Life! Ambassador after
my heart transplant has been REwarding for me.”

Hermann Steyn – South Africa

“Post-transplant with fitness and exercise I’m REinvigorated
and REpurposed. I have a goal and a new life”

Matthew Field – New Zealand

“Thanks to my donor I am REenergized and it is a miracle
that I can continue to enjoy a fulfilling and active life with my family.”

Lara Beekman – Switzerland

“I decided that REspecting this gift of life meant protecting my
transplant by prioritizing an active healthy living.”

Claude LaFlamme – Canada