Day 4

The last day of the 24th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science in Prague saw no reduction in the quality of science on display before officially handing over to our next Congress in Seville in 2020.

The day opened with an in depth look at the issue of muscle adaptability decline due to aging and finished with the impact of circadian rhythm regarding athletics performance and muscle health. Both were eagerly anticipated proved among the most popular of the entire Congress. Between those sessions the day also covered topics including hypoxia, nutritional supplementation, Injury and also thermoregulation.

The European College of Sport Science prides itself in supporting young scientists. Part of that support is the awarding of the Young Investigator Award. This year’s winner, Yves Alain Kuhn impressed the judges with his study aimed at supporting improved postural control in the elderly.
Volunteers being thanked during the closing ceremony on day 4 of the 24th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science 

The closing ceremony was another spectacular affair which marked the hand over from Prague to Seville, where the silver anniversary Congress will take place next week. 

Our mission was to disseminate high-quality science and through support and international collaboration fulfil our Congress theme of uniting the world through sport science  We are also driven by supporting young scientist and the number of people able to use this event to present for the first time to a very international audience fills me and the organisation with pride.
Over the last 4 days we have enjoyed 870 presentations which is equal to over 270 hours of high class science.

We would like to thanks our guests, presenters, delegates, sponsors, partners, exhibitors, volunteers and hosts, Charles University and the beautiful city of Prague.

Nos vemos en Sevilla

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Day 3 of the European College of Sports Science Congress here in Prague was an incredible day.
Today 84 hours of high-quality science was delivered across 229 sessions with recovery, technology, nutrition, sleep and fatigue all playing a major role in the programme. Once again, the conference was packed from 8:00am and with high engagement presentations once again ran slightly over the finishing time of 8:00pm due to questions and debate.

Perhaps the most interesting and engaging session was on the topic of sport and brain injuries. This has obviously gained attention in the United States due to its link with NFL players.  Today was probably the high watermark of discussion here in Europe with World leading speakers Ann McKee, Eric Anderson and Adam White joining Susanna Hedenborg on stage with a host of researchers in the audience keen to listen and be part of the conversation.

Opinions may differ, but that is what creates great debate and that openness to listen to others is at the heart of ECSS.

One of the highlights of every conference is the SportEx raffle and this year was no different with many of the and exhibitors joining us to draw the lucky winners. Prizes ranged from gift vouchers all the way up to sport science equipment with €3,000.

The social programme continued with 5th ECSS Bengt Saltin Run at which 250 delegates have signed up. I didn’t trouble the leaders but it provides a great way to enjoy the beautiful city of Prague. A big thanks to h/p/cosmos for their support.


Another beautiful morning greeted the delegates on day two of the 24th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science in Prague, Czech Republic. The day started with packed presentation halls and remained busy until after the finish as some topics proved so interesting the number of questions at the end took us well past the 8:00pm finish time.

The day saw 167 presentations take place with topics as varied as Eccentric cycling, the ethics of brain stimulation and the cultural study of Dragon and Lion dances in China. Muscle damage proved a consistent topic of interest and athlete wellbeing took centre stage via a number of presentations focusing on supporting athletes at various stages of their development.

The international nature of the event began to play out on day two. Experts from China, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, United States, Taiwan, Iraq and Brazil all took to the stages as well and the usual European leaders, showcasing how the European College of Sport Science continues to truly unite the world through sport science.

Once the scientific programme finished the guests moved to the Uniting Excellence in Sport Science Reception at which the winners of the Young Investigator awards were announced. This award has grown in prominence as the Congress has grown and prizes were shared among 14 winners.   

With the Congress now well underway and the sun setting on day two it is clear just how global sport science has become and how the European College of Sport Science values of sharing and collaboration are being lived through the Congress by academics, practitioners and industry alike.


Beautiful sunshine greeted the opening day of the 24th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science in Prague, Czech Republic. The Congress has grown to be a truly international gathering of the finest sport scientists in the world, with delegates from almost 80 countries in attendance.

As soon as the doors opening at 7:30am delegates were registering in record numbers. By the end of the day over 2,700 people were in attendance at the Prague Congress Centre. While the congress was in full swing and the sessions were filing up, two new board members were elected at the General Assembly of the ECSS. Professor Janice Thomson, of the University of Birmingham and Professor Alexander Ferrauti of the Ruhr-University Bochum will join the board after the Congress.

Earlier in the day many of the leading companies in sport science ran sessions to highlight the latest developments in technology and applied techniques. This included nutritional talks from Gatorade, Catapult Sports offering ever more insight into professional football, Kistler showcasing the latest developments in force platforms and Cortex exploring Metabolic Space with a presentation based on experiments with astronauts. Cosmed kept its feet firmly on the ground as it discussed the latest developments in field-testing.

The afternoon saw the scientific programme get underway with 125 presentations across topics ranging from ‘Springs and Sprinters’ examining the world’s fastest movers through to the impact of socioeconomic status on adolescent physical activity levels.

The day finished with a spectacular opening ceremony featuring traditional Czech dance hosted by Tomás Verner, three-time Olympic Figure Skater and European Champion.

Tomorrow promises even more world-class sport science and even bigger numbers as Prague puts itself at the centre of the sport science world.

Congress Office

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