“Sport Science in Football” will be one of the four Plenary Topics at the 22nd annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science in MetropolisRuhr. Football has been historically important for the working people’s identification in our region. One could say that the heart of the German football is beating at the “Ruhrpott”.

Therefore, two outstanding international experts have been invited to present their research results about modern and scientifically based approaches in (1.) developing young talented players to professionals (Prof. Mark Williams, University of Utah) and (2.) identifying the need of scientific support to create a World Champion Team from professional football players (Prof. Tim Meyer, Saarland University).

Mark Williams research focus is on young football players and on the psychological and neural mechanisms which the acquisition and development of perceptual-cognitive and motor skills are based upon. In his lecture he will describe the factors that determine whether a young football player becomes elite or not and he will explain his definition of what is a talented player.

Germany is the officiating World Champion in Football! Tim Meyer, as the responsible team doctor of „die Mannschaft“ (the German national football team), will give an insight into the medical and scientific knowledge underlying team support during the FIFA World Cup in Brazil 2014. Among other topics, some emphasis will be on the prevention of infectious diseases, the management of climate and time zone changes and the recovery measures during practice and matches, e. g. cooling.

You will be able to hear more from Tim Meyer also at the Press conference on Wednesday, July 5 at 10:00 in room N (South).

On top of the Plenary Session, Football is presented during the „Excellence in Football Research Award” for young investigators. The aim of that Award is to attract and support novel, applied research projects with relevance to football. Research areas are related to, performance, training & recovery methods, injury prevention, mental preparation and the effects of football training on health.

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