Outstanding research was presented within the ECSS Young Investigators Award at ECSS Vienna 2016 few weeks ago. Platform was set for the young, upcoming sport scientists to showcase their research work in front of an international audience.

As one of the key objectives for the ECSS is to promote junior scientists and foster state-of-art research in the field of sport science, ECSS has established the ECSS Young Investigators Award (YIA). At ECSS Vienna 2016 once again 20 youngsters were awarded for their hard work in different fields of sport science.

Overall there were 421 applicants for this years’ YIA and 116 of them met all the requirements and presented their work in front of a jury in Vienna. 10 best finalists in mini-oral presentations and oral presentations were awarded at the Award Ceremony on Saturday 9th July 2016.


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 ECSS Exchange Delegates for JSPFSM 2016 in Japan.


1st Place (4.000 Euro):

Nattai Borges, Central Queensland University, Australia. The Effect of Age on Pulmonary and Muscle Oxygenation Kinetics following High-Intensity Interval Exercise

2nd Place (3.000 Euro)

Hans-Peter Wiesinger, University of Salzburg, Austria. Load Specific Patellar and Achilles Tendon Adaptation: Structural Integrity or Function?

3rd Place (2.000 Euro):

Bruno Archiza, Federal University of Sao Carlos, Brazil. Metaboreflex and Performance in Elite Female Soccer: Effects of Inspiratory Muscle Training

4th Place (1.000 Euro):

Danny Christiansen, Victoria University, Australia. Fibre-Type Dependent Activation of Human Muscle Ca2+ and  ATP-Sensitive Signalling Pathways by Exercise is Modified by Ischaemia: Role in Fibre-Type Specific Gene Regulation

5th Place (500 Euro):

Ruth Boat, Loughborough University, United Kingdom. Ego Depletion and Glucose Ingestion during Athletic Performance

5th Place (500 Euro):

Sam Howe, Victoria University, Australia. Quantifying the Most Intense Periods of Match-Play in Rugby Union

5th Place (500 Euro):

Anne Krause, Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg, Germany. Acute Whole Body Vibration is Associated with Spinal and Supraspinal Adaptations

5th Place (500 Euro):

Mari Leppänen, UKK Institute for Health Promoting Research, Finland. Biomechanical Characteristics of Vertical Drop Jump Test and the Risk of ACL Injury in Young Female Basketball and Floorball Players

5th Place (500 Euro):

Marcos Martin, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. Prolonged Exercise during Caloric Restriction Amplifies Mitophagy-Signaling in the Exercised Muscles and Increases Fat Oxidation

5th Place (500 Euro):

Garry Massey, Loughborough University, United Kingdom. Tendon Size and Stiffness: Influence of Short-Term and Chronic Strength Training

Mini-Oral presentations

Mini-Oral presentation is a 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 his research in the Exercise & Sport Science Australia congress in 2018.


1st Place (3.000 Euro):

Reid Reale, University of Sunshine Cost, Australia. Rapid Weight Loss in Olympic Combat Sports

2nd Place (2.000 Euro):

Christian Stockinger, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. Intermanual Interference in Motor Adaptation

3rd Place (1.000 Euro):

Robin Rosset, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Glucose-Fructose Beverages do not Alter the Effects of Training on Lactate Metabolism

4th Place (500 Euro):

Uros Marusic, University of Primorska, Slovenia. Mental Simulation of Locomotor Tasks Improves Rehabilitation Outcome in Elderly Adults after Hip Surgery

5th Place (300 Euro):

Borut Fonda, University of Primorska, Slovenia. The Effect of the Medial-Lateral Force during Cycling

5th Place (300 Euro):

Jason Konrath, School of Allied Health Sciences - Griffith University, Australia. Hamstring Morphology and Strength Remain Altered 2 Years Following a Hamstring Graft in ACL Reconstruction

5th Place (300 Euro):

Yves-Alain Kuhn, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Adopting an External Focus of Attention Alters Processing within the Primary Motor Cortex and Reduces Fatigue

5th Place (300 Euro):

Asier Mañas Bote, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. The Way you Spend your Sedentary Time also Matters: An Analysis of the Association between Sedentary Time, Sedentary Patterns and Frailty in the Elderly

5th Place (300 Euro):

Roeland Prak, University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands. Increased Fatigue and Fatigability in Patients with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

5th Place (300 Euro):

Tine Torbeyns, Vrije University Brussels, Belgium. Cycling on a Bike Desk Positively Influences Cognitive Performance and Brain Activity


Congratulations to all winners!

Please check pictures of ECSS Vienna 2016 here. Please use the following password to access the pictures: ECSS2016.

Should you have miss any sessions at the ECSS Vienna 2016, please find recordings of the invited and plenary sessions through ECSS.tv.

Thank you all for the successful Vienna congress and see you all at ECSS MetropolisRuhr 2017 next summer!

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