ECSS Amsterdam presented outstanding research work from young upcoming scientists in diverse sports science disciplines.

ECSS Young Investigators Award (YIA)

One of the key objectives of the ECSS is the promotion of junior scientists and the fostering of state-of-the-art research. For this purpose the ECSS established the ECSS Young Investigators Award (YIA). The YIA has always been the highlight of the annual ECSS congress and this year was not an exception. This year ECSS received 345 applications for YIA competition, from those 125 entered the final round of the competition. 10 best finalists were awarded in two categories; Mini-oral Presentations and Oral Presentations.

Mini-Oral presentations

Mini-Oral presentation is short power point presentation with 2 minutes presentation time and 2 minutes questions and answers. The winner is ECSS - ESSA exchange delegate and will be invited to present her research in the Exercise & Sport Science Australia congress in 2015.

1st Xinyan Zheng, Hiroshima University, Japan. Dopamine D1 Receptor Mediates Caffeine-influenced Exercise Performance, Thermoregulation and Brain Neurotransmission

2nd Sian Allen, AUT University, New Zealand. The performance effect of centralising a nation's elite swim program

3rd Johanna Johannsson Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. Presynaptic Inhibition does not vary with Sway Position and Direction During Upright Standing

4th Howard Carter, University of Western Australia, Australia. Distinct impacts of blood flow and temperature on cutaneous microvascular adaptation

5th Martin Keller, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Mental Imagery and Movement Observation of Balance Tasks: Acute Effects on Brain Activity and Behavioral Long-Term Adaptations

5th Marianne Kristensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Correlation between Skeletal Muscle Lipid Content and Insulin Sensitivity in Human Males

5th Daniela Lecce, University of Cassino and Lazio Meridionale, Italy. Influence of "Acoustic and Visual Pacesetters" on Performance

5th Sam Shepherd, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom. Resistance Training Increases Skeletal Muscle Oxidative Capacity and Net Intramuscular Triglyceride Breakdown in Type I and II Fibres of Sedentary Male

5th Juliette Stebbings, Middlesex University, United Kingdom. Interpersonal Mechanisms Explaining the Transfer of Well- and Ill-being in Coach-athlete Dyads

5th Steven Trangmar, Brunel University, United Kingdom. Physiological mechanisms impairing cardiovascular function and exercise capacity in the heat stressed human: role of skin versus body temperature

Oral presentations

Oral presentation format is a Power Point and presentation time is 10 plus 5 minutes for discussion. In oral presentations there were four finalists chosen to present their work in front of the ECSS scientific committee and the ECSS scientific board in the last day of the congress, among them a winner was announced. Here are the 10 finalists; the top three are nominated to be the ECSS Exchange Delegates for JSPFSM 2014 in Japan.

1st Mike Stembridge, Cardiff Metropolitan University, United Kingdom. Intrinsic Ventricular Function does not explain Reduced Stroke Volume at Rest and During Exercise at High Altitude

2nd Hendrik Enders, University of Calgary, USA. Increased Power Output during Cycling is Characterized by Changes in Muscle Activation Strategy and Variability

3rd Hanna van Waart, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Effect of Low Versus High Intensity Physical Exercise during Chemotherapy on Physical Fitness, Fatigue and Chemotherapy Completion Rates: Results of the Paces Randomized Clinical Trial

4th Arto Laukkanen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. The Effect of a Family based RCT in Enhancing Physical Activity and Gross Motor Skills in Children is Influenced by Seasonal Variation

5th Matthew Brook, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. Relationships between Long-Term Muscle Protein Synthesis and Hypertrophy in Response to Resistance Exercise Training: a Novel D2O Tracer Approach

5th Marlou Dirks, Maastricht University, Netherlands. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation prevents skeletal muscle fiber atrophy in fully-sedated ICU patients

5th Sidney Grospretre, Université de Bourgogne, France. Impact of motor imagery at spinal level

5th Carlos Henríquez-Olguín, University of Chile, Chile. ROS Production by NAPDH Oxidase Plays an Important Role in Gene Expression Induced by Exercise in Skeletal Muscle Cells

5th Selma Papegaaij, University of Groningen, Netherlands. Age-related Decrease in Postural Control is Related to Different Modulation in Motor Cortical Inhibition between Postural Tasks

5th Chris Shannon, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. Increasing muscle total camitine content maintains PDC flux during repeated bouts of very intense exercise


GSSI Sports Nutrition Award

GSSI as a platinum partner of the ECSS is proposing an award for understanding research in the area of sports nutrition. This year there were several applicants and among them five were nominated to present their work in front of representatives from the ECSS scientific committee and the ECSS scientific board.

Winner of the GSSI Sports Nutrition Award 2014: William Apro, Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, Sweden. Leucine is required for maximal amino acid induced s6k1 activity in human skeletal muscle after resistance exercise.

Congratulations to all winners! Please check images of ECSS Amsterdam 2014 here and find recordings of the invited and plenary sessions through

Thank you all for the successful Amsterdam congress and see you all next year in Malmö!

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