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BASES-FEPSAC Conference 2017 Programme

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Day 1 - Tuesday 28th November 2017
07:30-08:45 Exhibitor set up
09:00 Registration and drinks
10:00 Opening address. Welcome from Dr Keith Tolfrey FBASES, Chair of BASES and Dr Anne-Marie Elbe, FEPSAC President
10:10-11:10 Invited keynote: Developing a high performance culture: Recommendations for research and practice

Dr Angus Mugford, Head of Performance Services, Toronto Bluejays

This keynote will draw upon insights and experience of developing a high performance culture in North American professional sport. There is a focus around the challenges and opportunities that impact academics and practitioners in the field of applied sport science, particularly around interdisciplinary work in the context of such professional environments.

11:10-11:30 Poster viewing, exhibition and refreshments
11:30-12:45 Parallel invited symposia

Is sitting still a risk factor for health: what happens when the epidemiological evidence changes?

Prof Adrian Bauman, The University of Sydney, Australia and Prof Dylan Thompson, University of Bath

In this session the presenters will review the sitting and health evidence, which shows how researchers and policymakers adopted sitting reduction interventions with alacrity, and then when the epidemiological evidence gradually changed, researchers and policymakers were slow to do so. This illustrates innate challenges for research and practice.

Performance at the extremes: high, hot and cold 

BASES expert statement highlight session

Prof Greg Whyte FBASES, Prof Mike Tipton, University of Portsmouth, Dr Jo Corbett, University of Portsmouth and Mark Homer, British Rowing

Chair: Prof Greg Whyte FBASES

The ability to cope with the challenges of extreme environments is crucial for performance and health. Our understanding of the complex interaction of the human in extreme environments has continued to evolve leading to athletes pushing the limits of human performance. This session is a roundtable discussion of the BASES expert statements on performance and health in high, hot and cold environments.

Mental health problems in elite athletes: systems, challenges, and recommendations for practice

Prof Jens Kleinert, German Sport University Cologne, Germany Dr Göran Kenttä, Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, Sweden, Dr Nadine Debois, Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance, France and Dr Kate Goodger, Chimp Management

This roundtable focuses on mental health problems in elite athletes. Participants from different countries and organisations will provide insight into how elite athletes with mental health problems can be supported. A specific focus is put on prevention, detection, and treatment of mental health problems in this specific population. Recommendations will be discussed to further enhance clinically oriented sport psychology services.  

13:45 Lunch
13:15-14:15 Poster discussions and exhibition
14:15-15:45 Parallel free communication sessions
15:45-16:05 Exhibition and refreshments
16:05-17:20 Parallel invited symposia

Physiology and Nutrition


Biomechanics and Motor Behaviour
Biomechanical and neuromuscular challenges during ageing: can Exergaming help?

Dr Ramona Ritzmann, Germany and Ass. Prof Claudine Lamoth, Netherlands

This session will provide an insight into adaptations in response to ageing, with a particular focus on biomechanical and neuromuscular changes. Data obtained about the mechanisms underlying degradations in response to inactivity during bed rest and immobilisation will be systematically reviewed and various countermeasures designed to reduce these effects will be discussed.


Challenges in the provision of psychology support for performance excellence during the Rio Olympic Games

Prof Paul Wylleman, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Dr Kristoffer Henriksen, University of Southern Denmark

This session will highlight the contrasting challenges regarding the content, organisation and quality of support provided to Olympic and Paralympic athletes by two team psychologists in Rio 2016. Drawing from each of their experiences, critical insights will be offered on support provision (pre, during, and post-Olympic Games), the organisation and effects of a solid performance culture, and on the competency profiles (incl. health and clinical psychologists) of practitioners working with such elite athletes.

Interdisciplinary research on physical activity interventions targeting obesity and smoking cessation

Prof Antonis Hatzigeorgiadis, University of Thessaly in Greece and Prof Anne-Marie Elbe, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

This session will cover interdisciplinarily conducted physical activity interventions. The first project targets smoking cessation and includes the collection of psychological and biochemical data. The second project longitudinally investigates the effects of an intense lifestyle intervention for individuals with obesity and combines a physiological, psychological and sociological research perspective. The advantages and challenges of interdisciplinary physical activity research will be outlined.

17:30-18:30 BASES Annual General Meeting FEPSAC Annual General Meeting
19:00 Gala drinks reception
19:30 Conference dinner
Day 2 - Wednesday 29th November 2017
08:00-09:15 Registration and drinks

Additional parallel sessions
09:45-10:10 Invited keynote: Virtual reality technology: what use can it have in sport?

Prof Cathy Craig, Queen’s University Belfast, N. Ireland

This keynote will show how immersive, interactive virtual reality technology is used to study decision making in sport. The versatility of this technology means it can be easily applied to many different sports and allows for the accurate recording of players’ movement responses. By manipulating the visual information presented to players in the virtual world and subsequently measuring when and how they respond, new insights into players’ decision making abilities can be obtained. The significance of this technology as a perceptual training tool will also be explored.

Parallel invited symposia

Physical Activity for Health session

     Inadvertent doping in sport: protecting the athlete, the practitioner and the profession

BASES expert statement highlight session

Prof Susan Backhouse FBASES, Leeds Beckett University, Dr Ian Boardley, University of Birmingham and Mike Stow, English Institute of Sport

Chair: Prof Susan Backhouse FBASES

In this session, the presenters will consider the controversial issue of doping in sport, and in particular, the unintentional use of prohibited substances of methods (inadvertent doping). This session will use collaborative technology to activate the BASES community and gauge their stance on the BASES expert statement on inadvertent doping in sport.


Sport psychophysiology

Associate Prof Maurizio Bertollo, University G. d’Annunzio, Chieti-Pescara, Prof Lorenza Colzato, Leiden University, The Netherlands and Prof Christopher Ring, University of Birmingham

Chair: Associate Prof Maurizio Bertollo University G. d’Annunzio, Chieti-Pescara

This session will provide an overview of the psychophysiological features of optimal and suboptimal performance in sport. Presenters will also discuss the neural markers underlying performance experience and the effect of non-invasive brain stimulation on athletic performance. The conclusion of this synthesis will be applicable within performance enhancement and mental training programmes, providing a comprehensive perspective about psychophysiological monitoring and intervention in sport.

11:10-11:30 Poster viewing, exhibition and refreshments
11:30-12:30 Parallel free communication sessions
12:30 Lunch
12:50-13:45 Poster discussions and exhibition
13:45-14:45 Parallel invited symposia

Nutrition, exercise and appetite: hungry for more?

Prof Emma Stevenson, Newcastle University and Dr Lewis James, Loughborough University

This session will focus on the impact of alterations in energy balance through energy restriction and exercise on appetite and energy balance regulation. There will be a particular focus on novel dietary strategies to attenuate energy balance, including intermittent severe energy restriction and time restricted feeding.

     Analysing and modelling Olympic performance, with examples from gymnastics, track cycling and speedskating

Prof Gareth Irwin, Cardiff Metropolitan University and Prof Bert Otten, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Many aspects of Olympic performance can be analysed with motion capture and simulated with custom models that contain the essence and bottlenecks of the events. Biomechanics, aerodynamics and movement control can be highlighted in this way, while bottlenecks can be identified and expanded to optimise performance. 

Uncovering the process of a strengths-based approach to mental skills training with young people

Dr Jennifer Cumming, University of Birmingham and Dr Camilla Knight, Swansea University

This session will explore the delivery and evaluation of strength-based approaches to mental skills training in elite sport and traditionally hard to reach populations. Strategies and activities will be shared, which have facilitated the application of mental skills training across various settings, as well as critical insights into the successes and challenges encountered in delivering strength-based mental skills training programmes.

Direct perception in applied contexts

Prof Cathy Craig, Queen’s University Belfast, N. Ireland, Prof Rita Cordovil, University of Lisbon, Portugal, Dr Rita de Oliveira, London South Bank University and Prof Keith Davids, Sheffield Hallam University

The direct perception approach posits that perception is unmediated by cognition, with consequences to how we organise both research and practice. Talks in this symposium will explain how key concepts from this approach can be used to guide research methodology, and practical applications in exercise and sport.

14:55-15:45 Invited keynote: TBC
15:45 Awards announcement and closing address
Dr Keith Tolfrey FBASES, Chair of BASES and Dr Anne-Marie Elbe, FEPSAC President