Prof. MUDr. Václav Vojta, DrSc.

CLVaclaVojtaProf. MUDr. Václav Vojta was born 12.7.1917 in Mokrosuky in southern Bohemia.

He was among the most significant czech and german doctors. After graduation in 1948, he was working as an assistant on the neurological clinic of prof. Kamil Henner for adults and pediatric neurology. A turning point was 1954 in the spa town Železnice, when prof. Vojta devoted himself to treat exclusively children patients. Prof. Vojta has significantly enriched pediatric neurology and separated it from the adult neurology. In following years he was leading the pediatric neurology department on the IV. children’s clinic of the Medical Faculty from Charles University. From 1961 he started to work in a health center on the Charles square in Prague. In 1968 he emigrated to germany, where he worked as a scientific worker on the orthopedic clinic in Cologne and continued to expand the knowledge in the area of developmental kinesiology, he also led a course for doctors, physiotherapists and lecturers of the Vojta method. In 1975 he left to Munich where he worked in a children’s center till 1995 when he officially ended his professional career.

In 1984 Vojta along with the german colleagues founded the International Vojta society, which organizes research and lectures on the locomotion principle in diagnostics and therapy, for example in the Netherlands, France, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Austria, Romania, Czech republic, Slovakia, Poland, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Venezuela, Korea, Japan and India.

Prof. Vojta has contributed by educating the doctors and physiotherapists in Prague, he taught on the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport of the Charles University from 1989 till 2000 when he passed away.

Thanks to his specialization he created a method for activating the system of the reflexive locomotion, also known as Vojta therapy which is used primarily for treating children with cerebral palsy. This method has its own place in physiotherapy as well as in orthopedic, internal, post traumatic diagnosis in childhood as well as in adulthood.

Vojta principle and findings about the developmental kinesiology have become inspiration and base for development of other diagnostic-therapeutic methods like method of Roswitha Brunkow, DNS according to Prof. Kolář, and others…

During his life prof. Vojta released over 100 scientific publications. For example his most famous books like “Brain locomotor disorders in infancy” or “Vojta’s principle” were translated into many languages.

Mgr. Iva Bílková, FYZIOklinika physiotherapy Ltd., Prague, Czech Republic

Source: Internet, archive of the Czech Television

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