Best researchers awarded at ECSS Barcelona 2013

Germany, August 22, 2013: ECSS Barcelona 2013 presented outstanding research work from scientists in diverse sport science disciplines.

Best Catalan Poster

The poster award was supported by Professional College of Physical Education of Catalonia (COPLEFC).

Winner of the best Catalan Poster: Sánchez, J., Campuzano, O. Guerra, M., Iglesias, A., Cabedo, J., Alcalde, M. Influence of glu298asp polymorphism in heart rate recovery after exercise. FPCEE Blanquerna (Ramon Llull Univeristy), Cardiovascular Genetics (Univeristy of Girona/UdG)

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: Tine Bex, University Ghent, Belgium. Training increases muscle carnosine loading by beta-alanine supplementation.

ECSS Young Investigators Award sponsored by Mars Inc.

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 longest standing award in the history of the ECSS has been sponsored by Mars for 18 years and this year there was a record number of 538 applications. From those 276 were chosen as contestants and 117 proceeded to the finals. In two categories, mini-oral presentations and oral presentations, the 10 best finalists were awarded.

Mini-oral presentations

Mini-oral presentation is an e-poster presentation with 2 minutes presentation time and 2 minutes questions and answers.

1. Yoko Kunimasa, Osaka University of Health & Sport Sciences, Japan. Specific muscle-tendon architecture in elite Kenyan distance runners.

2. Stefan Gorissen, Maastricht University, Netherlands. Carbohydrate CO-Ingestion with protein delays digestion and absorption but does not modulate postprandial muscle protein accretion.

3. Nynne Bjerre Andersen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Mitochondrial respiratory capacity in skeletal muscle does not change after high intensity training in patients with type 2 diabetes.

• Kate Bolam, University of Newcastle, Australia. Can the BPAQ predict bone mineral density in middle-aged and older men.

• Rémi Delfour-Peyrethon, INSEP, France. Mitochondrial respiration changing after repeated-cycling-sprints performed under classic ACIdosis and induced-alkalosis.

• Kathrin Freyler, University of Freiburg, Germany. Improving postural control in response to a 4-week balance training with partial weight-bearing.

• Shuhei Kono, Ritsumeikan University, Japan. Ghrelin Leu72Met polymorphism affects a relationship between HDL cholesterol and cardiorespiratory fitness level in middle and older adults.

• José Losa-Reyna, University of Las Palmas, Spain. The ergogenic effect of oxygenation on hypoxia-induced central fatigue depends linearly on the PIO2 and the improvement in SaO2.

• Elizabeth Maldonado Martínez, University of Las Palmas, Spain. Effects of severe energy deficit on muscle mass: Influence of protein ingestion and exercise volume.

• Elmar Weltin, Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg, Germany. Influence of gender on core stability strategies during lateral reactive jumps.

Oral presentations

The 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 will be the ECSS Exchange Delegates for JSPFSM 2013, Japan.

1. Nathan Smith, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. The relationship between the objectively rated coach-created motivational climate, and athletes’ basic psychological needs and sport enjoyment.

2. Uroš Marušič, Univeristy of Primorska, Slovenia. Cognitive training during 14-day physical inactivity improves dual-task walking.

3. David Morales-Álamo, University of Las Palmas, Spain. Mechanical efficiency during sprint exercise in man.

4. Sam Shepherd, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom. High intensity interval and traditional endurance training both increase insulin sensitivity, VO2peak and skeletal muscle perilipin 2 and perilipin 5 content in sedentary obese males.

• David Broadbent, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom. The contextual interference effect in perceptual-cognitive training.

• Martin Gram, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Two weeks of physical inactivity reduces the mitochondrial respiratory capacity in young and elderly healthy men.

• Laura Healy, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. The why of goal striving matters: The impact of primed goal motives on persistence.

• Stefan Hochstein, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany. Unsteady flow field around a human undulatory swimmer: comparison between experimental 2D-PIV-results and numerical simulations.

• Florence-Emilie Kinnafick, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. High intensity interval and traditional endurance training lead to comparable improvements in motivation and well-being outcomes.

• Amanda Nio, Cardiff Metropolitan University, United Kingdom. Cardiac function and left ventricular mechanics in men and women at rest and during exercise. —- ECSS

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