The Japanese Society of Physical Fitness and Sports Medicine (JSPFSM) and the European College of Sport Science (ECSS) have been exchange partners since 1998. The collaboration for these leading sport science societies has been very fruitful and this year it was developed even further by aiming to attract more Japanese participants to attend the annual meetings of the ECSS as well as publish their scientific work in the European Journal of Sport Science (EJSS). For this reason the abstract submission instructions for the EJSS are now also available in Japanese.

Furthermore, during the annual ECSS congresses, there have been exchange symposia dedicated to a specific sport science topic, offering a Japanese viewpoint as well as European perspective. In addition, the three oral winners from the ECSS Young Investigators Award (YIA) are offered to travel to Japan to visit the annual JSPFSM Meeting and present their studies in front of the Japanese sport science society.

This year at ECSS Amsterdam 2014 there were 269 Japanese delegates, which was more than from any other country. JSPFSM-ECSS Exchange lecture in Amsterdam focused on Physical Activity Guidelines, providing Japanese and European perspectives. The session was sponsored by IOC Solidarity Fund and was chaired by Ryoichi Nagatomi from Tohoku University, Japan and Allard Van der Beek from EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research, VU University Medical Center, Netherlands.


  • Evidence-Based Physical Activity Guidelines for Japanese: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
    Motohiko, M. [Japan]
  • National Policy on Sports and Physical Activity in the Netherlands
    Gelinck, R. [Netherlands]

Next year ECSS will travel to Malmö, Sweden, which will host the 20th anniversary congress of the ECSS. In Malmö JSPFSM-Exchange offers once again interesting topic for the ECSS society: Risk factors and biomarkers of reduced skeletal muscle function in older age. The topic will be approached through both Japanese and European experiences. The symposia will be organized on 26th of June, 2015 and it will be chaired by Ryoichi Nagatomi from Tohoku University (Japan).


  • Risk Factors Of Reduced Skeletal Muscle Function
    Ryoichi Nagatomi [Japan]
  • Countermeasure Against Blunted Skeletal Muscle Steroidogenesis
    Satoshi Fujita [Japan]
  • Counteracting Skeletal Muscle Loss With Ageing: Influence Of Nutrition And Exercise
    Lars Holm [Denmark]

ECSS wants to thank JSPFSM for the cooperation and looks forward meeting more Japanese colleagues again at ECSS Malmö 2015.

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