Sport Science in a Metropolitan Area

"Sport Science in a Metropolitan Area", as an excellent conference theme, faces the tremendous challenges in a large and multicultural population centre, including the broad range from INACTIVITY to intense physical stress, the trend of increased INDIVIDUALITY in lifestyle and physical activity, as well as the INCLUSION of minorities. Historically, some high-performance sports, such as professional football, have been an important key to strengthen the people’s IDENTIFICATION with our region. These specific challenges will run as a thread through the congress and will be taken up by the plenary talks, oral and poster presentations and symposia.

The mission at the three universities, working as experts in Sport Science within MetropolisRuhr, is to scientifically explore some of these challenges and issues. They approach these from an interdisciplinary perspective, including humanities, natural sciences and medicine, and they teach them with a very practical orientation. Research-based learning is a guiding principle in all Bachelor and Master programmes. By that, the universities ensure the best transfer of knowledge for students, who will soon be responsible for our future society.

As young investigators are the future key-players in Sport Science research, the ECSS MetropolisRuhr 2017 will specifically attract and very warmly welcome highly motivated early stage researchers from all over the world, provide instructional workshops and satellites and bring them together with top experts in all different fields of Sport Science. Aim is to offer the researchers a platform for presenting and discussing their very recent findings with their colleagues, in order to create or stabilize networks, and - overall – to ensure that relevant findings will be beneficial for our society.

Here is a selection of a few Invited Sessions directly linked to the congress topic:

JSPFSM-ECSS Exchange Symposium: Challenging Physical Inactivity in Childhood and Adolescence – What Cross-Border Evidence and Issues Do We Have? (Date: 06.07.2017, Time: 09:45-11:15, IS-EX02, Lecture room: Deutschland/South)

Chair: Ryoichi Nagatomi [Japan]

  • Koya Suzuki [Japan]: Comparison of Physical Activity and Fitness of Adolescence in Major Asian Cities: The ASIA-FIT Study
  • Keita Kamijo [Japan]: The Relation of Childhood Fitness to Executive Function and Memory
  • Lars Bo Andersen [Norway]: Physical Activity and Children: Focus on School-Based interventions

ACSM-ECSS Exchange Symposium: The Compelling Link Between Physical Activity and Your Body’s Defense System (Date: 07.07.2017, Time: 16:15-17:45, IS-EX03, Lecture room: Deutschland/South)

Chair: Romain Meeusen [Belgium]

  • Neil Walsh [United Kingdom]: Practical Strategies to Avoid Immune Impairment in the Endurance Athlete and Warfighter
  • David Nieman [United States]: The Immune System Does Its Job Better in the Physical Active

Individualisation in Recovery Science (Date: 05.07.2017, Time: 15:30-17:00, IS-PM04, Lecture room: Deutschland/South)

Chair: Tim Meyer [Germany]

  • Anne Hecksteden [Germany]: Individualized Diagnosis of Fatigue and Recovery Needs
  • Shona Halson [Australia]: Individual Response to Interventions Supporting Recovery
  • Mathieu Nédélec [France]: Sleep and Recovery in Elite Athletes - A Good Example for Large Interindividual Variability

Leveraging Sport Events for Sport Participation and Development (Date: 06.07.2017, Time: 09:45-11:15, IS-SH01, Lecture room: M/Süd)

Chair: Marie-Luise Klein [Germany]

  • Mike Wees [United Kingdom]: Leveraging Sport Participation from Mega-Sport Events: Translating Possibilities Into Policies
  • Marijke Taks [Canada]: Sport Events and Sport Participation: Quest for a Research Agenda
  • Markus Kurscheidt [Germany]: The Inspirational Effect of Attending Sport Events on Sport Participation in a Metropolitan Setting: Evidence from FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 in the Rhine-Ruhr Area

Stress Regulation and Physical Activity (Date: 06.07.2017, Time: 16:15-17:45, IS-SH02, Lecture room: L/Süd)

Chair: Sandra Klaperski [United Kingdom]

  • Markus Gerber [Switzerland]: Cardiorespiratory Fitness Moderates the Relationship Between Perceived Stress and Cardiovascular Risk Factors
  • Sandrine Isoard-Gautheur [France]: Does Physical Activity Moderate the Stress-Burnout Relationship?
  • Sandra Klaperski [United Kingdom]: Direct and Buffering Effects of Physical Exercise on Health: A RCT to Test and Examine the Stress Buffer Effect

We look very much forward to seeing you all in MetropolisRuhr in 2017.