Congress facts

Total number of...

  • Participants: 2,301
  • Exhibitors: 53
  • Volunteers: 70
  • Participating countries: 64
  • Abstracts presented: 1,750
  • Plenary sessions: 4
  • Invited sessions: 37
  • Exchange sessions: 3
  • Sponsored sessions: 3
  • Oral sessions: 112
  • Mini-oral sessions: 41
  • Conventional print poster sessions: 30
  • E-posters: 203
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ECSS Young Investigator Award 2017

  • Total number of YIA applicants: 132
  • Total number of YIA finalists: 86

ECSS Young Investigator Award Winners 2017

  • Oral presentation
    • 1st         Brent Raiteri, Germany, Muscle-tendon Length and Force Affect Human Tibialis Anterior Central Aponeurosis Stiffness In Vivo
  • Mini-Oral (Poster) presentation
    • 1st         Matthew Brook, United Kingdom, A Novel D2O Technique for Dynamic Quantification of Skeletal Muscle RNA Synthesis in Relation to Exercise and Ribosomal Biogenesis

See all winners here.

EJSS Best Paper Award 2017

Author: Lennart Raudsepp
Title: Bidirectional association between sedentary behaviour and depressive symptoms in adolescent girls
Published in Volume 16, Issue 8 | DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2016.1174312

Runner up
Authors: Stine D. Søndergård, Flemming Dela, Jørn W. Helge, Steen Larsen
Title: Actovegin, a non-prohibited drug increases oxidative capacity in human skeletal muscle
Published in Volume 16, Issue 7 | DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2015.1130750

All winners listed here.

GSSI Sports Nutrition Award 2017

Antonio Paoli, Italy, Effects of Ten Months of Intermittent Fasting on Strength, Body Composition and Metabolism in Athletes

All winners are listed here.

Aspetar Excellence in Football Award 2017

Ric Lovell, Australia, Scheduling of Injury Prevention Exercises during the Soccer Micro-Cycle: Insights from Muscle Damage, Soreness and Performance Recovery Profiles

All winners are listed here.

DTB Tennis Award 2017

Danielle Gescheit, Australia, Measures of load and injury in tennis: Are there relationships?

Read more here.

Congress venue

The two buildings used at Messe Essen for the 22nd annual congress of the ECSS were well functioning and the onsite technical team worked efficiently to ensure the smooth running of the congress.

Scientific highlights

Plenary Sessions

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

  • Individuality – Social and Physiologic Perspectives for Fitness and Health
    • Speakers:
      • Consumers, Active Leisure and Performative Rationalization, Sassatelli, R. (Italy)
      • Individuality – A Physiological Perspective, Hoppeler, H. (Switzerland)

Thursday, 6 July 2017

  • Development of Talented Players to World Champions In Football
    • Speakers:
      • Developing Elite Football Players: Practice, Specificity, and Plasticity, Williams, A. (United States)
      • Scientific Support for Elite Football - Lessons from Brazil 2014, Meyer, T. (Germany)

Friday, 7 July 2017

  • Back Pain – Prevention and Therapy in the Modern Society
    • Speakers:
      • New Insights into Motor Adaptations in Low Back Pain and Neck Pain: Implications for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Falla, D. (United Kingdom)
      • Physical Activity and Biopsychosocial Modulation in Musculoskeletal Pain: how to Conceptualize Health-Promoting Activity?, Hasenbring, M. (Germany)

Saturday, 8 July 2017

  • Inclusion in Sport
    • Speakers:
      • Prostheses and Orthoses – How Do They Effect Load Management and Sports Performance?, Brüggemann, G. (Germany)
      • The Business of Inclusive Sport: a Philosophical Anthropology of Utopia, Howe, P. D. (United Kingdom)

Presidental Lecture

Saturday, 8 July 2017

  • Inclusion, interdiciplinarity, implementation, impact, Duda, J. (United Kingdom)

Satellite Symposia

Tuesday, 5 July 2017

From the Lab to the Track – Current Aspects of Testing, Training and Recovery in Elite Sports – hosted by the Faculty of Sport Science of the Ruhr-University Bochum

Wednesday, 6 July 2017

Lab to the Field: Translation of Sports Nutrition into Practical Application – hosted by Gatorade Sport Science Institute (GSSI) Chair: Keith Barr, UC Davis, USA

  • Welcome, James Carter (GSSI)
  • Dietary nitrate: a tool for all? Training aid or competition specific? Anni Vanhatalo (University of Exeter, UK)
  • Is there a need for gender-specific sports, nutrition and recovery strategies? Emma Stevenson (Newcastle University, UK)
  • Hydration: Time to re-think rehydration, Lewis James (Loughborough University, UK)
  • Translation to the field: Use of nitrates, rehydration and nutrition recommendations in high performance sport, Jeni Pearce (High Performance Sport New Zealand, New Zealand)

All plenary sessions and some of the invited sessions were available via livestream at the 2017 congress. In the future these can be found on the ECSS YouTube Channel.

Special thanks to the exhibitors!
We thank all 53 exhibitors for showcasing their state-of-the-art products and services during the congress. Participants had the opportunity to engage with a wide range of new businesses and organisations, learning about their scientific solutions and thus increasing their knowledge of the latest developments and trends available in the market.

Some of the best moments of ECSS MetropolisRuhr have been captured by our photographer and are now available via on an online gallery here. Please access the photographs with the following password: ECSS2017