1. Title: Technology in Sports and Exercise: Advantage for Performance and Athlete’s Protection or Increased Risk for Injury or Unfair Competion?

    Keynote Lecturer: Gert-Peter Brüggemann
    Presented on: 31/10/2017, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

    Abstract: People have always thought the human body is ideal and has the most appropriate potential to enhance physical performance in sports. It is not and became evident that when working technology can make an athlete stronger or faster. This presentation will demonstrate the enormous development of technology and methodology in biomechanics of sports related to performance, sporting goods, apparatus and equipment. It will critically discuss the relevance and importance of technology for performance and it’ enhancement on one hand and the impact of human resources and training on the other hand. Technology of sporting goods and sport equipment is not only developed to enhance performance but also to decrease the risk of injury during sport activity and exercise. Technology also gives an enormous chance to include people with physical impairment in sports and exercise. In the past decades technology in sport and exercise have dramatically changed and developed. Equipment in cycling, alpine skiing, pole vaulting and many other competitive but also recreational sports changed not only in regard to design and colour but also in relation to the mechanical functionality. Energy loss in using such equipment was reduced, the capacity to use e.g. the biomechanical potential of the muscle-tendon-system was increased. Changes in equipment like in skis facilitated to perform but obviously the risk of injury has not been cut down. Many of technological advantages in sporting goods and sporting technology do not meet the aim to reduce the risk of injury or even decrease the danger of failure. Technology enables athletes with physical impairment to participate in sports but at the same time opens the window for technology related advantages and an unfair competition.Biomechanical and medical effects of advanced technology will critically be reviewed regarding to their efficiency and sustainability to the athlete in elite, recreational and handicapped sports and exercise.

    Event's Website: icsports.org/

    Presented at the following Event: icSPORTS, 5th International Congress on Sport Sciences Research and Technology Support

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  2. Title: Next generation of Science, Technology and Researchers: Innovation and New Approaches

    Session Chair: Élvio Gouveia, University of Madeira, Portugal

    Participants:
    Eugenio Guglielmelli
    Alexandre Bernardino
    Francisco Marques-Teixeira

    Event's Websites:
    icsports.org/
    neurotechnix.org/

    Presented at the following Events:
    icSPORTS, 5th International Congress on Sport Sciences Research and Technology Support
    NEUROTECHNIX, 5th International Congress on Neurotechnology, Electronics and Informatics

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  3. Keynote Title: How Sports can Create New Knowledge at a Technical University that Claim not Doing Research in Sport Science

    Keynote Lecturer: Christian Finnsgård

    Presented on: 16/11/2015, Lisbon, Portugal

    Abstract: The lecture will provide examples of a different approach to research in sports combined with technology. Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden has for the last few years endeavored into research using sports as an application area for applied research. The research efforts has utilised the way that sports are organised in Sweden, with the sports confederations and clubs providing the problem areas to base the research around. For the university several aspects have been key in the research efforts. Chalmers will not do research in sport science, but all researchers will stay in their respective area of expertise. The lecture will focus on how this approach strengthens our research in diverse areas such as the automotive industry (with examples from production logistics and crash safety) for the forest industry (composites and cellulose research) and astronomy.

    Presented at the following Conference: icSPORTS, International Congress on Sport Sciences Research and Technology Support

    Conference Website: icsports.org/

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  4. The European Project Space (EPS) provided an insight on new research projects financing opportunities related to Horizon 2020. The EPS started with a panel entitled ‘Horizon 2020 New Challenges and Opportunities’. The panel was chaired by Manuel Monteiro (Former Deputy Head of Unit at European Commission, Portugal) and had as participants:
    - Patrícia Calado (Horizon 2020 National Contact Point - Health and IMI, Portugal)
    - Alessandro Giusti (CyRIC, Cyprus)
    - Hugo Plácido da Silva (IT- Institute of Telecommunications, Portugal)
    - Luisella Cianferotti (University of Florence, Italy)

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  5. Keynote Title: Monitoring Brain Activity during Exercise

    Keynote Lecturer: Romain Meeusen

    Presented on: 15/11/2015, Lisbon, Portugal

    Abstract: Exercise has an powerful influence on the brain. It is now well established that exercise will have a positive effect on brain health. Physical exercise can preserve cognitive function in elderly populations, promote functional recovery after central nervous system (CNS) traumatic injury, and induce neurogenesis in the adult CNS. Physical activity also increases trophic factor production in select regions of the brain. It is known that exercise increases brain neurotransmission and that repeated exercise (training) will influence baseline neurotransmitter release. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a crucial effector of experience-dependent plasticity. It is a neurotrophin that acts as a regulator of the survival, growth, and differentiation of neurons. Physical activity and, in particular, acute exercise and training seem to be key interventions to trigger the processes through which neurotrophins mediate energy metabolism and, in turn, neural plasticity. In search of mechanisms underlying plasticity and brain health, exercise is known to induce a cascade of molecular and cellular processes that support (brain) plasticity. BDNF could play a crucial role in these induced mechanisms. Therefore, since the early nineties, studies started to investigate the effects of physical activity, acute exercise and/or training on levels of BDNF. The first human studies examined the effects of exercise on peripheral BDNF in subjects with a neurodegenerative disease (i.e., multiple sclerosis patients) in order to explore the restorative potential of exercise in this particular disease. A dozen of other studies on the effects of acute exercise and/or training on BDNF in humans have been carried out, of which most concern healthy subjects. The purpose of the current paper is to provide an overview of the studies we performed on effect of physical activity on neurotransmission, thermoregulation and indicators of neurogenesis such as BDNF. Recently, new techniques emerge in order to measure brain activity during exercise. Techniques such as fMRI, EEG, NIRS etc. are helping to further elucidate the possible mechanisms behind the positive effects of exercise on the brain.

    Presented at the following Conference: icSPORTS, International Congress on Sport Sciences Research and Technology Support

    Conference Website: icsports.org/

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