Prof. Dr. Branislav ANTALA
FIEP World Vice President
Faculty of Physical Education and Sports
Prof. Dr. Branislav Antala is presently working in position of Assoc. Prof. in Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. He is also Meritorius Professor in University of Zagreb, Croatia. His area of specialization is Sport and PE Pedagogy and Sport management. He is a Member of the Editorial Boards of 15 international journals egg. PE and Sport (Slovakia), Kinesiology (Croatia), FIEP Bulletin (Brazil), Montenegrin Journal of Sport Sciences and Medicine (Montenegro), PE and Sport through the Centuries (Serbia). In Slovakia he is member of State Commission for PE on National Institute for Education and many years he was member of Curriculum Council of Ministry of Education of Slovak Republic. He is World International Vice-president of International Federation of Physical Education (FIEP), FIEP Europe Advisor, Member of Developing Committee of International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), past Chair of International Committee of Sport Pedagogy (ICSP). He is coordinator of national & international research projects including ERASMUS + projects. He is a recipient of many international awards for contribution on development of PE in the world.
PE in Active School and its Perspectives in Health Promotion after the Corona Pandemic - Case of Slovakia
Physical inactivity is today big problem with significant related health, economic and social consequences. Corona pandemic deepened even further this problem. To achieve the goal of people to be more active due the recommendations of WHO from 2018 will require to implement a combination of effective policy actions organised around these strategic areas: creating an active society; creating active environments; creating active lives and creating active systems. These four strategic areas influence creating of important subsystem and it is “Active school”. Active school is school giving many opportunities for children and youth to be physically active in school environment - before school, during school day and after school. Most important role in systems of physical activities in Active school remains to “Physical Education” as a school subject. During the Corona Pandemic existed a lot of difficulties of successful implementation of PE in practice. One example from Slovakia is that PE was forbidden to teach indoors such as gyms, swimming pools, exercise rooms, etc. In secondary school PE was included in the group of “complementary subjects” that did not have a permanent on-line teaching schedule. Some recommendations for PE teachers during and after Corona pandemic will be included and perspectives of PE for promoting health during but especially after pandemic will be presented. Topic is supported by grant No. 1/0523/19 “Physical and Sports Education and its Quality and Potential in Promoting Health from the Perspective of Pupils, Teachers and Parents” of Slovak Scientific Grant Agency VEGA.
Prof. Dr. Felipe ARAYA-RAMIREZ
Dean, College of Health Sciences
School of Human Movement Science and Quality of Life
Prof. Dr. Felipe Araya-Ramírez is a professor in the School of Human Movement Science and Quality of Life, National University, Costa Rica. Dr. Araya was the Director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at the National University from 2009-2020. Currently, he is the Dean from the College of Health Sciences at National University. He received his Ph.D. degree in Exercise Physiology from the Department of Kinesiology at Auburn University, Alabama, United States, in 2010. Dr. Araya served as President of Exercise is Medicine, Costa Rica from 2010-2013 and he is a Member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) since 2007. Dr. Araya has been working as a professor and researcher for more than 20 years in the field of Exercise Physiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation. Dr. Araya has written 43 publications, including 18 papers, 2 book chapters and 23 abstracts in Exercise Physiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation in English and Spanish.
Exercise-based Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs in Costa Rica
An exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation (CR) program is an important intervention for patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and has consistently been reported to reduce mortality, improvement of CVD risk factors, improvement in quality of life, and reductions in hospital admissions. Exercise-based CR increases functional capacity, walking distance, improvements in resting and exercise blood pressures in cardiac patients. In Costa Rica, CR programs started in early 2000 and mainly in hospital-based programs. Currently, we have 10 CR programs in Costa Rica, 9 of them in hospitals and 1 in a university-based program. However, research in CR in Costa Rica is still very little. A total of 14 research articles from CR programs in Costa Rica were published in indexed journals in the past 20 years, 8 published in Costa Rican journals, and 6 in international journals. The main results from these investigations were that VO2max increased between 19% to 30%, functional capacity improved from 23.1% to 34%, resting systolic blood pressure decreased between 4 mmHg to 7.8 mmHg, and diastolic blood pressure was reduced between 1.2 to 2 mmHg. Men showed greater walking distance than women after the 6-minute walk test and both genders showed similar blood pressure responses after an exercise-based CR. Improvements in BMI, total cholesterol, HDL-C, and reductions in triglycerides were also found. Perceived stress decreased by 50% after CR, and mood states of fatigue were reduced by 58%, tension 60%, and vigor increased 31% after one or several weeks of CR. In conclusion, research from exercise-based CR programs in Costa Rica reported improvements in VO2max, functional capacity, reductions in blood pressure, and improvements in coronary risk factors from patients with CVD similar to previous reports from other countries. Furthermore, CR contributes to improving psychological outcomes by reducing stress, improvement in mood states, and better quality of life.
Prof. Dr. F. Hülya Aşçı
Department of Physical Education and Sport Teaching
Faculty of Sport Sciences
Prof. Dr. F. Hülya Aşçı is in the Sport Sciences Faculty in Marmara University, Turkey. She graduated from Physical Education and Sport Department of Middle East Technical University in 1991. She received her Master of Science Degree in Sport Psychology and Ph.D. Degree in Guidance and Counseling in 1993 and 1998, respectively. She mainly studies physical self-perception and psychological effects of physical activity on psychological well-being. She has 85 papers published in refereed international and national journals She presented over 150 papers in both international and national congresses. She is an Associate Editor of Psychology of Sport and Exercise Journal and she takes responsibility as a reviewer of some international refereed journals in the sport psychology area. Her international publications were cited over 650 times by different researchers. She received “Developing Scholar Award” which has been given by International Society of Sport Psychology to the scholar who makes great contribution to sport and exercise psychology.
The Role Physical Activity in Psychological Health and Well-being: Empirical Evidence from Turkey
The third sustainable development goal of UN is to ensure healthy lives and promoting well- being at all ages. The physical activity is one of the alternative ways for achieving this goal since participation in physical activity is associated with physiological improvement in aerobic capacity, cardiovascular functioning, muscular strength, flexibility, and body composition, it reduces diseases and it contributes the psychological and mental health. Empirical support of the role of physical activity or exercise in the psychological and mental health promotion range from changes in mood states, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, locus of control, and cognitive processes. However, at least 60% of the world's population fails to complete the recommended amount of physical activity required to induce health benefits. The situation is also same for Turkey. Physical activities are not part of the lifestyle of most of the Turkish population, especially for girls and women, and varies considerably in various regions of Turkey. An estimated 87% of women and 77% of men are insufficiently physically active (Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health, Public Health Department, 2013). Many developed countries emphasized the importance of physical activity and decided to improve physical activity as public health goals. Like many developing countries the promotion of physical activity behavior in Turkey is also major goal of Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Youth and Sport. The National Health Policy in Turkey committed to reducing physical inactivity by 10% by 2025 (Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health, Public Health Department, 2015). Therefore, different projects were carried out in Turkey to promote physical activity and improve its health benefits.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kaukab AZEEM
President, International Fed of Fitness, Health, Physical Education & Iron Games
Sr.Vice President, World Strength Lifting Federation
President, Asian Strength Lifting Federation
Faculty, Physical Education Department
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kaukab Azeem is from Hyderabad and received his Ph.D from Osmania University, India. He is currently working as Assistant Professor (v) in Physical Education Department at the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia. He had won Gold medal in the International strength lifting championship at Kingdom of Bahrain in 2015. His awards included best teacher award at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals; best research paper award at International Conference on Sports Medicine and Fitness, in Chicago, USA; excellent services to the development of sports science by the Directors of Board of International Science Culture and Sport Association in Turkey; highest international award for the contribution in physical education and sports science from IFPEFSSA. Dr. Kaukab’s research work has a focus on strength training, physical activity, aerobics, health & performance, obesity and changes in body composition. He had published more than 90 research papers in the various International Journal’s and International conference proceedings and published two books. He is also serving as a supervisor for students M.Phil and Ph.D program. Dr. Kaukab had also delivered as 35 invited speaker and about 32 presentations in International conferences. He is a Member of the Editorial Boards of 25 International Journals and is the Vice President of the World Strength Lifting Federation and President of Asian Strength lifting Federation and President of the International Federation for Fitness, Health, Physical Education & Iron Games.
Prevalence of Fitness, Health and Life Style Management in Saudi Arabia
Physical fitness is a state of health and wellbeing. At the grass root, level in the Saudi schools the children has to give more opportunities and fitness programs to be fit and make it as a habit for lifelong activity. In a study it was investigated the prevalence of obesity in Saudi Arabia from a recent national level survey and reveals obesity (BMI ≥ 30) was 24.7%. Universities are playing an important role for facilitating fitness programs for the students in Saudi Arabia. Physical activity level decreased with increasing age in Saudi adults and this trend was consistent in both genders. To enhance and maintain one’s health the following measures are important such as, healthy diet, planned exercise, and screening of the diseases. The majority of Saudi children, youth and adults were not active enough to meet the recommended guidelines for moderate to vigorous physical activity. The proportions of Saudis who are at risk of inactivity are exceedingly higher than those at risk for other coronary heart diseases. In the earlier study it was revealed that a low physical activity level among (17.40%) Saudi adults met physical activity guidelines. In summary, inactivity and low fitness are strong risk factors for increasing body composition and cardio-vascular diseases. Both confer an increase in risk similar to that associated with smoking, hypertension and high blood cholesterol. It is recommended that engagement in regular physical activity and wellbeing with health check up every year; take balanced diet and maintain in and out of the calorie intake, improve your cardio-vascular health and follow systematic aerobics program, avoid junk foods, and maintain smart life style.
Prof. Dr. Miklos BANHIDI
Board of Directors, World Leisure Organization
Coordinator for Recreation and Health Promotion Program
Prof. Dr. Miklos Banhidi is currently working full time as professor and coordinator for Recreation and Health Promotion program at the Szechenyi University in Győr/Hungary. Also he has a part time job at the University of Pecs, teaching sport and leisure science courses in English. His teaching areas are the Theory and Practice of Recreation and Leisure, Geography of Sport, Tourism and Recreation, Project Development. His research interest is community development to improve the quality of life of the citizens and visitors. In his work he is focusing on topics, how to design and manage healthy environment and organize powerful activities to achieve positive benefits. He has written numerous books and articles on Recreation, Geography of Sport, Health and Tourism. He used to work as visiting professor at the Karl Franzens University in Austria, at the University of Northern Iowa in the US, Zhejiang University in China, and gave numerous lectures at several foreign partner universities. He initiated and managed several research and youth exchange projects with his partners supported by European Union. He used to serve as the vice president of the United Games International organizing festivals and workshops on peace and understanding around the world. Since 2009 he is an elected member in the board of the World Leisure Organization and its Executive Committee. He is committed to help to grow the organization and tries to involve youth voices into the organization.
Influence of School Camps Experience on the Traveling Habits of Hungarians
In our study we investigate a survey among Hungarian citizens (N-755) to get to know their former school camp experiences on their traveling habits. The main questions were: how often did they attended the school camps before, what were their priorities during the camps and what kind of benefits did they feel after return comparing with the present traveling habits. We focused on a comparative analysis, what the differences among the trials, who had good experiences in school camps or didn’t attend them. For the study, we created an online-based questionnaire that was shared on social media and analyzed with comparative statistical analysis. Based on the answers of the respondents, it can be stated that the holiday programs were significantly influenced by their former school camps, which were more favored by those who are currently live more physically active lifestyle (at least 2 times a week). This experiences were effective from children (47-67%) and water sport camps (43-47%). It is understandable, therefore, that sports programs are more important to them during their holidays (42%, 38%) than to those who do not (11%) and they do sports only occasionally (20%). The physically active people travel more abroad (at least 4 days long), than the inactive population. In the analysis on the effects of holidays, we found only minor differences between physically active and inactive residents. According to the results on the benefits of travel, physical effects were a slightly higher percentage of those living a sporty life (49%, 56%) than the respondents of the other group. The effect of mental and social recharge also showed higher values in the group of physically active people (63%, 69-76%, and 60%, 67-68%). The results of the study have shown, that holiday habits of physical active population are influenced by the experiences of school sport camps, they prefer more sport opportunities, more of them feel recharged physically, mentally and socially after returning home.
Founder, the # iamchildproject
Founder, Yaya Play Shop
International Correspondent, China Global Television Network (GCTV)
Michal Bardavid began her education at Brandeis University and later transferred to Boğaziçi University Psychology Counseling Department for her B.A. continued for her master's degree from the Istanbul University’s Industrial Psychology Department. She received her Dance Therapist title by completing her higher education at the International Dance Therapy Institute in Spain. She attended basic trainings on various subjects such as Gestalt Therapy, Family Therapy, Psychodrama and EMDR. She gives elective courses based on dance / movement therapy at Boğaziçi University, and has led dance therapy workshops on various subjects in Turkey, Spain, Mexico and Estonia. Michal began a career in media in 2008 as she worked as an English news anchor and program presenter at 6NEWS, she later hosted a show at Bloomberg HT in 2011-2012. Continuing to work in the media sector, Michal has been working as an Istanbul-based "International Correspondent" for the international English-language channel; China Global Television Network. She has covered news for CGTN in Turkey, Israel, Italy, Ukraine and several Asian countries. In 2016, she launched a movement called #iamchildproject“ in order to support Syrian refugees. She is certified affiliated with the German Dance Therapy Association (BTD), she is a member of the Turkish Psychological Association (TPD), the International Association of Group Psychotherapies (IAGP), the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) and teaches at Boğaziçi University.
Using Dance Therapy to Empower Refugee Children: Perspectives from Turkey
Children are the ones most affected by conflict. As of June 2021, Turkey is hosting nearly 4 million refugees. More than half of them are children. The #iamchild project was launched by Michal Bardavid in support of Syrian refugee children in 2016. #iamchild is about empowering Syrian refugee children, creating solidarity among Syrian and international children, and increasing global awareness on the issue. Michal used the principles of dance movement therapy and combined it with positive affirmations to create a ritual for Syrian children. The #iamchild is made up of five sentences that are laid out loud and movements that match those sentences and are done simultaneously. The sentences are said in Arabic in order for the Syrian children to understand the meanings and for them to relate easier. The sentences are: I am safe, I am loved, I am a whole person, I am beautiful, I am a child. Michal Bardavid applied the #iamchild with over 750 Syrian refugee children in Gaziantep, Sanliurfa and Istanbul. Michal has also applied the #iamchild with over 450 Turkish children mainly in Istanbul. Part of the project was also to create awareness on the impact of conflict on children – a call to action video was posted online urging people to post their own videos of the #iamchild ritual. Hundreds of people participated in the movement globally. The project was featured on local and international news outlets including BBC World, EBS South Korea, Israel’s Channel 2, Ovation TV from the US and several Turkish channels.
Prof. Dr. Gurjeet CHAWLA
Dean, Students' Welfare
Director, Radio Manav Rachna 107.8 FM
Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies
Prof. Dr. Gurjeet Chawla is working as Dean, Students' Welfare. Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies. She is a certified level two anthropometrist accredited by International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry. Internationally, she is member International consultation on Worksite Health Promotion programme organised by World Health Organization. She is on board of The Foundation for Global Community Health (GCH) as Scientific Advisor. She was nominated by University of Tsukuba, Japan under the scholarship scheme offered by Japanese Government for collaborative research programme. She was invited as VIP delegate by Scientific Committee of GoFPEP 2014, at South Africa and member scientific committee GoFPEP 2016. Having vast rich teaching and research experience of more than 22 years she had won many awards and laurels .She was Awarded Best Research Proposal award by University of Tsukuba, Japan in 2011 under collaborative research programme sponsored by Japanese Government. She was honored by The Hindustan Times Schools Programme for Commitment towards Excellence in Education and also a recipient of National Health Award 2017 by Nutrition and Natural Health Sciences Association. She has to her credit many research publications. She has worked in various research projects funded by UNICEF and Directorate of Marketing and Inspection. She has also edited three books on The Science of Human Movement, Sports Psychology and Training and Exercise Physiology and Nutrition. She was nominated as Coordinator by Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee for XIV Commonwealth International Sports Science Congress 2010 (CISSC) in New Delhi.
Harnessing the Power of Sports for Future Champions: A Case Study from Manav Rachna, India
The Sports, Health and Physical Education Program aims at developing students’ Sports/Games skills and equip them with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to pursue and enjoy a physically active and healthy lifestyle. Key Aspects of quality Sports and Physical Education is to perform and enjoy a variety of physical activities with understanding that a balanced Physical Education programs comprising concepts and skills development are necessary to lay a strong foundation for participation in daily activities, intra-mural Sports/Games as well as developing proficiency in physical activities to channelize students desire for play into constructive outcomes. Programs are developed to maintain physical health and fitness through regular participation in physical activities which indicates optimum physical and mental well-being. Fun filled technology based programs like brain breaks based on physical well-being not only enables students to maintain a good level of fitness throughout their lives but also demonstrate positive self-esteem through body awareness and control. Highly Professional Physical Education Teachers help students discover their potential and work on it. Manav Rachna has been working ceaselessly for over two decades to identify and nurture budding players into international achievers contributing medals for the country in Commonwealth Games, ISSF Shooting World Cup, Khelo India, Asian Games and many more. Manav Rachna has been ardent believers of a sports centric curriculum for the overall development of individuals. Participation in any sports and interests that show leadership, technical skills, community involvement, or team-playing capabilities are part of Physical Education. The session will highlight real-life experiences of students and how sports training have helped shape their career path. Manav Rachna has been investing in harnessing the power of sport for the good of the society. By developing the talent of future champions, sporting future can be secured which will make country’s sports talent stronger for generations to come.
Prof. Dr. hon. Marc CLOES
Department of Sport and Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Liege
Prof. Dr. hon. Marc Cloes is an honorary professor. He pursued his career in the Department of Sport and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Liège (Belgium) where he led the training of teachers in physical education during almost 20 years. His scientific activity is in the field of sport pedagogy: analysis of the teaching process and educators’ training in the contexts of physical education, physical activity, and sport. His researches are based on the integrative model of the teaching-learning process advocating an ecological approach to the educational relationship (http://orbi.ulg.ac.be/ph-search?uid=U012570). In the school context, he defends an approach that strengthens the role of the physical education teachers as the corner stone of the promotion of an active and healthy lifestyle. He considers that physical education should be more focused on meaningfull approach that will contribute to prepare concrete physically educated citizens. He advocates the implementation of an inclusive quality physical education linked to concepts like physical literacy, societal transfer, accountability as well as the application of the PAMIA principles. Active in several international associations, since 2014, he is the President of AIESEP (International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education - www.aiesep.org).
Reinforcing Links Between School and Community: Examples from Federation Wallonia-Brussels
The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) have been identified to transform the world ‘to greener, more inclusive economies, and stronger, more resilient societies’. Schools are central actors who can contribute to their achievement. It is well admitted that physical educators can play a determining role especially for SDGs 3 (health) and 4 (Education). They are identified as the cornerstones of the physical activity promotion in the educational context. In a growing number of countries, they are now requested to lead also the health education. On the other hand, their potential actions for other SDG seem less documented. In this presentation, we will focus on SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities). Our priority will be to identify concrete examples implemented in Federation Wallonia-Brussels. Among those, we will describe (1) the project proposed by a primary school of a green area and consisting in delivering a ‘cyclist’s certificate’ aiming to the acquisition of specific knowledge and competence as well as the discovery of the ‘tresaures’ of the region; (2) the collaboration between the ‘Foundation against cancer’ and some schools in the organization of sport events involving the students and focusing their extracurricular life, and; (3) the implementation of intergenerational sessions during which non-institutionazed seniors weekly attended to physical activities with preescholers/ primary school children. The case of a primary school that tried to multiply the connections between its pupils and several actors of the community (parents, sport clubs, sport administration, local resources …) will also be proposed as an example of good practice. For some examples, scientific data will be available to reinforce the interest of the projects. Based on the collaborations that have been established during the last 20 years with a large diversity of partners, it will be possible to envisage the presentation of other examples, underlining the diversity of the potential initiative that schools could envisage.
Prof. Dr. Emine ÇAĞLAR
Department of Physical Education and Sport Teaching
Faculty of Sport Sciences
Prof. Dr. Emine Çağlar received her MSc and PhD degrees from the Institute of Health Sciences in Hacettepe University. She worked as a research assistant in the School of Sports Sciences and Technology, Hacettepe University, between 1994 and 2005 and as an Assist. and Assoc. Professor at Kırıkkale University, School of Physical Education and Sport between 2005 and 2017. Then she started to work at the Faculty of Sport Sciences, Hacettepe University. She was visiting scholar at the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, UK, and worked on parental involvement in youth sport. Currently, she is working at Hacettepe University. She was a member of the managing council (Treasurer) of the Turkish Sport Sciences Association between 2011 to 2015. She has published many peer-reviewed research papers, proceedings papers, and book chapters in exercise and sport psychology. Her research interests are physical self-perception, motivation, flow state, parental involvement in youth sport, physical activity and sedentary behaviour (screen time), and actual and perceived motor competence.
Motor Skill Competence Interventions in Early Childhood for Being Physically Active: Applications in Turkey.
As the UN points out in the third sustainable development goal, ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Being physically active is an excellent contribution to a healthy life. Research stated that having motor skill competence, which is one of the factors affecting participation in physical activity (PA), has an essential role in ensuring and maintaining PA participation. People use the movement repertoire to participate in PA throughout their life. Motor skill competence, which is influential in forming the movement repertoire, is formed as a result of the experiences gained from childhood. It is defined as proficiency in performing fundamental movement skills (FMS). The development of fundamental movement skills during childhood has been recognized as the main factor for engaging in regular physical activity throughout life. Motor competence is not highly regarded by preschool teachers and administrators in Turkey. Children need specific and systematic opportunities to develop their fundamental movement skills to participate effectively in PA. For this reason, this presentation will focus on the game-based intervention programs to develop motor competence in early childhood. Also, it will be discussed how the intervention program will affect the PA level by improving both the perceived and actual motor competence of children.
Prof. Dr. Arunas EMELJANOVAS
Department of Physical and Social Education
Lithuanian Sports University
Prof. Dr. Arunas Emeljanovas an author of over 80 publications in international scientific journals (about 40 on Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) data base with Impact Factor), has offered several keynotes and invited presentations, and over 90 conference paper presentations. He is an expert in the field of physical education for Lithuanian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport. Prof. Emeljanovas actively participate in scientific activities at the international level: was an opponent in PhD thesis defense in Latvia and Estonia; member of Scientific Expert Commission of Latvian Council of Science; member of several international scientific institutions: FIEP, ENSSEE, INSHS, CEREPS, Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance and Foundation of Global Community Health (GCH). He was a leader and member in a number of scientific, study and experimental development projects at national and international levels. His main research interests include physical fitness and physical activity of adolescents and issues on school physical education.
Health and Well-being in Lithuanian Schoolchildren: Health-related Behavior and Psychosocial Factors
Body of evidence suggests that a list of chronic diseases and related poor well-being are the outcomes of adverse health-related behaviors. Health-related behaviors are important factors for health promotion and disease prevention. Lifestyle factors like healthy nutrition, physical activity, low levels of stress, belonging to the family and community are the main determinants of well-being. The purpose of this presentation is to provide scientific evidence for illustration how health-related behaviors, including physical activity, nutrition and psychosocial factors, including psychological distress, motivation and social capital interact determining health and well-being in Lithuanian schoolchildren. Population-based studies indicated that only 16 percent of Lithuanian adolescents are sufficiently physically active and just 14 percent of them comply with healthy eating recommendations. However, 22 percent perceive high psychological distress. On average each adolescent has around six friends, which indicates the structural social capital. Cognitive social capital is higher in family context than in school and neighborhood contexts. Social capital in family and school contexts are related to lower psychological distress and better adherence to healthy nutrition. Social capital interacting with physical activity motivation is related to higher physical activity. Both social capital and physical activity are related to better self-rated health in Lithuanian adolescents. Also, the results revealed that physical education teachers’ support for autonomy even though is not directly related to moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in physical education, however transferred its effect for leisure time physical activity by strengthening motivation. So, teachers support for autonomy in physical education might be important for students leisure time physical activity. The research results have outlined the targets for health policies and educational interventions in order young generation to be the foundation for future’s productive and healthy part of society.
Chair, Sports Committee of the Swiss Group of International Schools
Co-Founder of the European Sports Conference
International School of Zug and Luzern
Hans Engl is the Athletic Director of the International School of Zug and Luzern, a K-12 IB day school with 1'250 students located in Central Switzerland. He chairs the sports committee of the Swiss Group of International Schools, consisting of 53 member schools, with 150 tournaments in 18 sports and 6 categories, and is co-founder of the European Sports Conference, a Varsity sports competition association of 12 international schools from Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this, Hans was Athletic Director and Head of Physical Education at the International School in Luxembourg, as well as Physical Education and Maths teacher in Frankfurt/Germany and Zurich/Switzerland. He holds a Master of Education in Physical Education, Mathematics (Majors), Educational Psychology and English (Minors) from the Georg-August Universität Göttingen/Germany, with studies abroad at the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in Spain. Living in the mountains with his wife Nicole and three children, Hans has a passion for winter and water sports, enjoys nature and loves travelling.
Outdoor Education Resists Coronavirus: This is How Creative Physical and Health Education Can Be
As our sports teams were looking forward to traveling across Europe, ready to compete with international schools in Lisbon, Berlin, Valencia, and Paris, the first spring lockdown changed our lives. Virtual sport skill sessions and fitness challenges became the norm and placed athletes in front of screens rather than spending time on the courts, the fields, or in nature. At that time, the International School of Zug and Luzern (ISZL) Athletic department together with the Middle School Physical and Health Education team was exploring new options for our students to enhance the regular school day. The focus shifted to recreational sports which would increase the time in the fresh air, where masks could be taken off when participants were socially distanced. Looking from a curricular perspective and aiming to meet the Middle Years Programme physical and health education objectives at the highest level, we managed to incorporate content for alternative recreational sports such as archery, frisbee golf and snowboarding, as well as adventure activities like orienteering, hiking and nordic skiing into the PHE curriculum and highlight the International Baccalaureate (IB) objectives. We have learned that outdoor education is an important part of our school life, and much like nature itself resists the challenges that unforeseen circumstances can bring along.
Prof. Dr. Fatima El FAQUIR-DAOUDA
President, National Association of Women Physical Activity & Sport (ANFAPS)
Executive Board Member, IAPESGW
National Institute of Sport and Training Management
Prof. Dr. Fatima El Faquir-Daouda was the first female Moroccan to win the African championship in 1979 in 400m hurdlers. She held several national, African and Arab records in athletics. She was the first Moroccan woman to participate in the Olympic Games in 1972. She was graduated from the Bucharest University in Romania, Montreal University in Canada and, and the University of Claude Bernard Lyon 1 in France. She was graduated from Mohamed V, University in Rabat. Dr. Fatima El Faquir has assumed many sporting functions and missions, particularly in teaching and training and management. This success led her to become the official in charge of the training of executives at the National Institute of Sport Moulay Rachid within the Ministry of youth and sports. She thus became responsible for setting up a system of training and a curriculum and advanced training programs for the sporting executives, and It set up a system for detecting talent in athletics, within the Royal Moroccan federation of Athletics for several years. She also was chairing the Northern Region (Maghreb) of the African Confederation of Athletics (CAARN). She conducted many researches and supervised a large number of ends of study monographs, especially in terms of motor learning and Human Performance, sports psychology, psycho motility and coaching methodology and Muslim women and Sports. She founded in 1993 the National Association of Women Physical Activity and Sport (ANFAPS). She is member of Executive Board of the International Association for the development of Physical Education and sports for Girls and women (IAPESGW). She is a member of ICSSPE.
Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Sports Movement: Perspectives from Morocco
The global crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic shook the whole world from December 2019. On January 9, there was the discovery of a new coronavirus (2019-nCoV), then officially named SARS-Cov2, a was announced by Chinese health authorities and the WHO. This new virus is the causative agent of the new infectious respiratory disease called COVID-19. On March 11, the WHO director said: “... We therefore considered COVID-19 to be qualified as a pandemic. The results of, "Various studies (CoSMoS; UNION sport & cycle - March 2020) have shown that all sectors of the sports world have been heavily impacted since the announcement of this crisis, in particular following the various problems linked to general confinement, which has caused the postponement and suspension of major international sporting events such: the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, EURO 2020 and CAN 2020. The suspension of doping controls and also the blocking of all physical and sporting activities at the national level in all countries are effective taken place. The sports industry has seen its turnover fall by more than 50%, professional and amateur clubs in crisis, as well as warehouses all over the world: the direct and indirect consequences on companies and employees of the sector are of an unprecedented scale. This pandemic has had a devastating effect on employment as the various stakeholders in the sports ecosystem have been extremely affected both economically and socially. In Morocco, sports structures have suffered the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, such as: general closure imposed by the authorities on: clubs, leagues, federations and fitness rooms, which have seen their incomes drop, because of the 'cancellation of several sporting events, and the absence of tickets revenues due to the closed door dictated by the health authorities even in the event of resumption of competitions Despite the impact of this pandemic on sport, Moroccan athletes have managed to qualify for the Olympics, and are managing with their coaches and managers to continue training and keeping fit mentally and physically. Moroccan sport has obtained its official qualification in 9 sports disciplines: Athletics, Rowing, Boxing, Canoeing, Cycling, Equestrian Sports, Surfing, Taekwondo, Sport Shooting. Other sports disciplines are still in the running, with real chances of qualifying, such as beach volleyball, fencing, judo, karate, wrestling, weightlifting, golf, swimming, skateboarding, snowboarding and triathlon. The final list of Moroccan athletes qualified for the Tokyo Olympics will be known on July 5, 2021. Therefore, faced with this pandemic situation, and the socio-economic and psychological problems, which result from it, how to find the way back, towards a normal sporting life?
Prof. Dr. Myriam GUERRA-BALIC, MD, PhD
Board of Directors, GCH
Full Professor of Exercise Physiology
Faculty of Psychology, Education and Sport Sciences
University Ramon Llull
Prof. Dr. Myriam Guerra-Balic is a professor in the Faculty of Psychology, Education and Sport Sciences–Blanquerna, University Ramon Llull (URL). She is a MD specialized in Sport Medicine, with a PhD developed on Exercise Physiology and Down Syndrome. She is the former Vice-Dean of International Relations at the FPCEE-Blanquerna (URL) coordinating national and international exchange programs, cooperation programs and research mobility for students and professors. She has also been a member of the International Relations Committee of the ACSM. She has received the ACSM Student Award (2000) and the ACSM Dr. Lisa Stroud Krivickas Clinician Scholar Award (2015). She has taught as international visitor professor in several countries from Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Africa. She has been developing her career as a professor and researcher for more than 25 years in the field of Health, Adapted Physical Activity and Adapted Sport, especially focused in children, adults and elderly with Intellectual Disabilities. She collaborates with the Health Agency of the Barcelona’s City Council, with the Down21 website, and she is also involved in the HYPOXSPORT network. At present, she is member of the Board of Directors of the Global Community Health Foundation.
Effects of a Judo Program in Children and Adolescents with Autistic Spectrum Disorder: The AUTJUDO Project
The prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) worldwide is estimated on 62/10,000. It is considered to be an increasingly common phenomenon and its incidence is growing worldwide. ASD is a complex neurological and developmental disorder that involves deficiencies in social interactions and communications, as well as restricted repetitive behaviors and interests. It also may show motor and sensory difficulties which can produce a risk of inactivity and sedentary behavior. In Judo, interaction with others is essential, and, like most martial arts, has a "code of conduct", which helps learning to respect the rules, the others and themselves. Judo exercises are very repetitive and well structured, what for children and adolescents with ASD makes it easier to learn. These judo exercises impact in their interaction and social skills, while they are enjoying a great sport. The AUTJUDO is an Erasmus+ project funded by the EU (Nº: 612954-EPP-1-2019-ES-SPO-SCP) with the main objective of demonstrating the positive effects of the practice of judo for people with ASD, from a bio-psycho-social point of view. It considers not only the person with ASD, but also their families and citizens in general. Training Judo improves the access to sports activities for all, their degree of social inclusion and their welfare. It is thought for children and adolescents who need additional support to participate in physical activities, no matter what the physical, intellectual, social or sensory disability they present. They can improve their balance, coordination, self-esteem, communication and much more. Sharing a passion like judo with others helps transcend the social barrier and to adapt more fully to life. So, this presentation will explain the AUTJUDO project, how it is developed, how participants are evaluated, and how an intervention of Judo sessions improves several bio-psycho-social aspects. This project clearly adheres to the United Nations 2030 Sustainability Development Goals.
Prof. Dr. H. Serap İNAL
Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation
Faculty of Health Sciences
Prof. Dr. H. Serap İnal is a professor and heading the Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation and was the previous head of the School of Physical Education and Sports in Istanbul University where The APA Certificate Program was structured during her time. She thought physical (motor) disabilities in European University Diploma in Adapted Physical Activity (EUDAPA) in Vierumäkue, Finland through Erasmus Program in 2010-2016. She is a member of ICHPER-SD, IFAPA, Turkish Neuromuscular Disorders Society and Turkish Physical Therapy Association. She has three books written in native language in the areas of sports biomechanics, upper extremity prosthesis, orthotics in neuromuscular disorders and four chapters internationally on geriatric rehabilitation, physical features of athletes with intellectual and physical disabilities, proprioceptive assessment and APA education. She is also teaching on supported employment of people with severe disabilities, and she has the ACRE certification as a supported employment specialist.
Tele-exercise for Promotion of Health and Wellness
Home as the safest place for the individuals during these pandemic period, authorities are forcing the citizens to ‘Stay at Home’ and this is eventually urging people to adapt a more sedentary life style and to minimize their social and physical interactions. More importantly, the rehabilitation programs of people with disabilities or older individuals are interrupted. These affected not only the individuals’ life but also city life. Therefore, tele-exercise as a sub-group of tele-health and tele-rehabilitation became a common intervention in the last two years. It used to be considered as exercise treatment interventions for people living in remote areas in long distances to healthcare facilities, especially in winters; and also, for people who cannot leave their houses due to the accessibility barriers. However, nowadays, tele-exercise became a requirement for people with disabilities or elderly due to precautions. Tele-exercise is performed as individualized or supervised group exercises for rehabilitative purposes by means of tele-communication for people having diseases or disabilities. It is also effective in improving the daily physical activity and aerobic fitness of people having sedentary life style for rehabilitative purposes in all age groups. Thus, performing regular tele-exercise interventions to improve posture, function, balance or coordination in addition to increase the muscle strength, flexibility, coordination and endurance will promote health and wellness of the individuals and upgrade their life satisfaction and quality of life. As the number of actively living citizens with improved quality of life increase, the city as well, will take the advantage of it. Besides the education and training of professionals on technical features, the ethical and legal constrains are the other important issues to be worked on for giving a high quality of service.
Prof. Dr. Mustafa Levent İNCE
Department of Physical Education & Sports
Faculty of Education
Middle East Technical University
Prof. Dr. Mustafa Levent İnce is a Physical Education and Sport Professor at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. His research interest is on teachers, teacher educators and coaches professional development needs and designing evidence-based interventions for those professionals. Dr. Ince led a large-scale research study that was focused on developing technology integrated learning communities for teachers and teacher educators in Turkey. Dr. Ince teaches instructional design and pedagogical aspects of sports coaching at the graduate level. He is a consultant for the Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Health and Directory of Sports of Turkey for the physical education and sports-related reforms. In addition, he works with several NGO's and private schools to improve curricular and extracurricular physical activity opportunities for the youth. Dr. Ince is the recipient of the Outstanding Performance in Teaching Award of the Middle East Technical University Parlar Foundation and the Educational Research Encouragement Award of the Turkish Educational Association.
Inducing Effective Communities of Practice for Physical Education Teachers: A Successful Professional Development Model from Turkey
The development of physical literacy knowledge and skills in school-age individuals is linked to the well-being of this group. Researches and technological developments provide new information on improving physical literacy in learners more effectively. This situation requires that the professional knowledge and skills of teachers are constantly kept up to date. One way to enhance teachers' professional competencies is to encourage them to create Communities of Practice (CoP). CoPs are informal social learning environments, usually consisting of 5-8 teachers. In these settings, teachers come together voluntarily and regularly and learn from each other's experiences. For this reason, it is crucial to develop a mechanism for the use of this professional development approach throughout the country. This presentation will focus on how the environment is prepared for middle school teachers from three provinces from the east, west and central regions in Turkey to establish CoPs, how the process is carried out, and how these teachers students' learning develops. In the model studied, firstly, the professional needs of teachers were revealed by a comprehensive needs assessment. Then, a total of 16 facilitator teachers were trained, and a web-based learning management system (LMS) had been developed. Lastly, in provinces, 14 different CoPs were held in 2-hour sessions per week for six weeks, with the participation of five to eight teachers under the leadership of the trained facilitator in each group with LMS support. Findings indicated improvement in CoP teachers' professional competencies. Moreover, knowledge and level of physical activity increased among the students who these teachers taught. It has been demonstrated that CoPs that are systematically supported in cooperation with the local university and education authority can be effectively disseminated, and the learning of the students of teachers who participate in them will improve.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Juel JARANI
Co-Founder, Albanian Sports Science Association (ASSA)
Faculty of Movement Sciences
Sports University of Tirana
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Juel Jarani has many years of experience in the field of teaching and research. Dr Jarani was the Vice Rector responsible for the scientific research (2013-2020) at Sports University of Tirana (Rector for the year 2014-2015). Since 2003 he is a lecturer at the same institution. He has finished his Ph.D. in Physical Activity and Health at IUSM (2009-2013), Roma, Italy. During 2006- 2008 has finished European Master Degree in “IUSM” Italy (Roma) in cooperation with Southern Denmark University (Odense) and Sport German University (Koln) for Physical Activity and Health. Also has a graduation (2005- 2008) on Master Degree (MPA- Management Public Administration) in “Economic” University, Tirana, in the department of “Public Management Administration” in cooperation with University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA. The purpose and main fields of conducted study are health, wellness and physical activity in children and young people as well as training in sports. As a researcher has a lot of experience on conducting as a coordinator or member and evaluating research in different national and European projects (Erasmus+). With a strong scientific background, he is the author and co-author of two monographs and many scientific papers published in journals ranked at a high scientific level and in the most prestigious databases such as Web of Science and Scopus with many citations. He currently holds several leading positions as memberships in the governing bodies of professional and scientific international organizations. He is also enrolled in many international indexed scientific journals at editorial boards, reviewer and as a guest editor. He was member of FIEP Europe Special Committee for Interinstitutional Cooperation and Partnership (2017-2020) and actually at FIEP World Director Board for the period 2021 – 2024. Also he is National Delegate for Albania to FIEP Europe. He is co-founder of Albanian Sports Science Association "ASSA" www.assa.al
Developing a National Strategy on Child Welfare and Health Policies: Case Study of Albania
For many years in Albania there is a lack of a concrete and real strategy on promoting active living among Albanian children, although it turns out that for 30 years’ (from drop out of communist regime) different strategies are offered from many governments that come and go. These strategies, designed at first glance, are very accurate but they have significant implementation shortcomings for the sole reason that the template is taken from very advanced economic countries. We know that many countries create their strategies based on very accurate population database and government available infrastructure projects. For this reason, since 2015 a group of young researchers at Sports University of Tirana have undertaken scientific research projects to build accurate databases related to risk factors of health, physical activity and participation in various sports at Albanian children. During this period, various scientific papers have been published regarding the current level of physical activity and prevalence of overweight and obesity by age group, location, and gender. Accurate descriptive data have also been created on children's participation in various sports. The participation of active children during the physical education and sports lessons is already known by these actual studies. A map has been created of the types of foods and fruits that children were offered and feed in and out of school. The sole purpose of this 5 years research strategy is to provide this database to local and central government units in drafting long-term and short-term policies for the areas mentioned above.
Prof. Dr. Eid KANAAN
Dean of Student Affairs
University of Sharjah
Prof. Dr. Eid Kanaan is specialized in teaching and learning in physical education and sport and has taught at university level for the last twenty years. Through my work I have always been inspired in promoting the teaching and love of physical education and all its advantages to students. This led me to work with stakeholders in formulating the frame work for the Jordanian school physical education curriculum stressing the obligations for the holistic health promotion amongst Jordanian students. Through his career, Eid had the opportunity to work first hand amongst male and female students at Yarmouk university in Jordan, designing initiatives to promote health and wellbeing through activity, raising the awareness of the need for physical activity and helping to overcome some of the challenges meet by young male and female students by adapting the use of electronic technology. Eid is now working as the Dean of Student Affairs in the University of Sharjah and during the lockdown has been concentrating on promoting physical activity and healthy lifestyle in the time less movement and lots of stress, through initiative such as establishing an electronic platform, for lectures, sessions and workshops and competitions.
Raising Standards of Holistic Wellbeing among Staff Members and Students in Sharjah University
Since 2019 the effects of Covid 19 changed life all over the world. The pandemic brought new challenges and difficulties affecting all aspects of life. World institutes began brain storming all life aspects, especially through lock downs with people unable to move about, act, and function as they usually do in normal life. The educational sector is crucial and affects most of the population, the majority of countries including the UAE adopted the online learning system at the beginning of the pandemic fulfilling the need to equip students with knowledge, and deliver the curriculum in both school and higher education. This presentation will show the initiatives that have been implemented to enhance members of the Sharjah university community in order to promote good health and wellbeing as well as education. Electronic Platform, competitions, for all members of staff and university students, weight loss course and competition (live and with recorded videos). These initiatives have a potential to shape the future roll of sport roll amongst university students and society, where hybrid learning is emphasized in the strategy of the university for the next three years. New directions for promoting health, reducing stress, providing good lifestyle habits through multi ways such as live exercise sessions, providing recorded videos, using the social media to spread awareness amongst students, academic staff, administrative staff and the community in general.
Prof. Dr. Gulshan KHANNA
Former President, ACESS
Manav Rachna International University
Prof. Dr. Gulshan Khanna Former Vice Chancellor (I/C) SGT University is working as Pro Vice Chancellor of Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies Faridabad He also worked as Project Director Indian Institute of Sports Science and Research. He has also worked as Professor (M) in University Sains Malaysia. He is Visiting Professor (Sports Sciences) in Tsukuba University, Japan since 2012, He has set up 12 department of Sports Sciences and Sports Medicine in the Universities and Medical colleges and National Centre of Sports Science and Research across India. He is the member of Prime Minister Olympic Task force 2020,2024 and 2028. He is past President of Asian Council of Exercise & Sports Science. He is the vice president of BRICS Council of Exercise and Sports Sciences. He is an active member of Physiological society of India. Vice President (International) of National Association of Physical Education and Sports Science India. He is Member of International Institute of Health promotion (USA). He is Scientific Committee member of Global Health Foundation (USA). He has delivered Invited lectures and Key Note address Nationally and International in many countries. He has received many Laurels, Oration Awards-S.R Maitra Oration Award, B.B Sarkar Memorial Oration Award and Dr B R Ambedkar Award ,AOK Health Best poster Award-Australia. He was given appreciation award by National Association of Physical Education and Sports Sciences at the conference at Goa. at Delhi. Recently his name has been included in the List of Wall of Fame as “Top 50 Thought Leaders in Higher Education 2020”.
Disruption during Pandemics and Futuristic Approach in Sports Education with Reference to SDG Goals: India Perspectives
The global pandemic due to COVID-19 led to closure of institutions, restriction on movement disrupted, public health services, deprivation of physical activities. Major sporting events have been postponed. Lack of physical activity is leading to poor physical and mental health and also increased rate of morbidity and mortality due to COVID 19. The closures of educational institutions led to remote learning, high tech modalities. Sports-based learning are missing among the students. Physical education and sports Institutions are facing greater challenges to deliver best learning approaches to the students, The educational sector including PE is aimed to acquire new skill sets and competencies including integration of artificial intelligence for digital literacy. PE teachers are aimed to create online content tailored to different people, for physical literacy. However, lack of ICT skills, technological and learning difficulties are barriers to the effective delivery of physical literacy learning. Developing capacity of contextualized multiple intelligence and related creativity and pentagon theory of new learning can be used to design future education and develop students for the effective implementation of Indian National Education Policy 2020 aimed to promote quality of education, health through physical literacy and to achieve the UNDP Sustainable Developmental Goals. As the world grapples with the impact of COVID -19, the physical literacy is crucial in achieving UNDP sustainable developmental goal. (SDG) – 4 “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities” and SDG-3 “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being” and SDG-11 “sustainable cities and communities”. To achieve these SDG’s Goals the India has also introduced various schemes” like FIT India, Khelo India, Health Mission, Nutrition Mission, Smart cities mission for quality education, and employment, reducing inequalities, sustainable cities to improve the health and quality of life.
Dr. Michelle LOMBARDO
President, The OrganWise Guys Inc.
Dr. Michelle Lombardo is President of the certified Women Owned Business, The OrganWise Guys Inc., and the author of The OrganWise Guys series, which promotes the benefits of good nutrition and preventive healthcare practices through creative characters playing the roles of the vital body organs. Dr. Lombardo is the Project Manager of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation-funded Thriving Communities, Thriving Children III (TCTC3); a project designed to improve the health and literacy status of young children. Results of the The OrganWise Guys Comprehensive School Program, are published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, the American Journal of Public Health and the Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved. Dr. Lombardo is a co-author of the book chapters, Schools as *Laboratories* for Obesity Prevention: Proven Effective Models and School-Based Obesity Prevention Interventions Show Promising Improvements in the Health and Academic Achievements among Ethnically Diverse Young Children (Global View on Childhood Obesity: Current Status, Consequences and Prevention. Elsevier, 2010, 2nd Edition, 2019). Dr. Lombardo received her D.C. from Life College of Chiropractic and was in private practice for 10 years prior to starting The OrganWise Guys Inc., now in its twenty-eighth year of operation.
Healthy Kids, Healthy Future: The Global Benefit of Early Wellness Interventions
To achieve optimal performance in life, good nutrition and physical activity promotion must begin at an early age and be reinforced regularly through easy-to-understand materials that provide simple, consistent health messages and concepts. Integrating this knowledge in the classroom, in the community and at home provides steady support that helps to make the information stick. This presentation highlights a comprehensive, science-based solution that uses lovable characters that are organs of the body, such as Hardy Heart, Madame Muscle and Sir Rebrum, the brain, etc. to convey this healthy knowledge using print, multi-media, and a robust web-based digital platform. The program is designed for educators and caregivers to engage young children (and their families) in a way that makes them excited to choose healthy foods and physical activity to take care of their bodies because they understand the why. The approach is to empower children to be healthy and smart from the inside out, and to continue these behaviors for a lifetime. This model streamlines prevention efforts and helps communities use the same language and materials to reach a common goal. The research presented is published in top-tier journals on the school program (as well as new outcomes on the early childhood program demonstrating statistically significant improvements in literacy for PreKindergarten children), and show statically significant improvements in children’s BMI percentiles, waist circumference, blood pressure and standardized test scores.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ivana MILANOVIC
Department of Physical Education
Faculty of Sport and Physical Education
University of Belgrade
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ivana Milanović is working at Department of Physical Education on Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Belgrade, Serbia. Her main research interests include Physical Fitness, Physical Activity and Nutrition, Didactics of PE and Motor Development. She earned her PhD, defending her dissertation entitled: „Monitoring of students’ physical fitness in physical education classes“. She was one of the coordinators of the research project „Establishment of the system of physical fitness monitoring of students in physical education classes“ conducted on the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education in collaboration with the Institute for Assessment of Education Quality in Serbia from 2011-2014. Also she is involved in the following projects approved and financially supported by the Ministry of Education and Science: „Improving the quality and accessibility of education in modernization processes in Serbia” No 47008 and „The effects of physical activity application to locomotor, metabolic, psychosocial and educational status with population of the Republic of Serbia“ No III47015. She is working as adviser at the Center for Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences (CHESS) in Belgrade. During 2016, she was one of the coordinators of the project “Active youth for a healthier life: Health, lifestyles and physical fitness of young people”, conducted in collaboration with Serbian Institute of Sport and Sport Medicine. She is a member of the Faculty Board. Also, she is FIEP national delegate and was awarded the FIEP Europe Thulin Young Scholar Award for 2013 – 2014. She published more than 60 papers in journals of national and international importance as well as in Conference proceedings of national and international meetings.
Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity among Serbian Children and Youth: Strategies and Measures to Improve the Current Situation
In order to prevent the many consequences that may result from unhealthy lifestyles and childhood and youth obesity, it is very important to monitor the prevalence of childhood and youth obesity. According to the research on the prevalence of obesity in children and youth, based on the national data collected in 21 European countries in 1990 (Lobstain and Frelut, 2003), Serbia (as a part of the former Yugoslavia) had a prevalence of obesity in children and young people of 17% and it belonged to a group of the countries with a low prevalence of obesity. During 2013 and 2018, two surveys were conducted with the aim of determining the prevalence of obesity in a representative sample of primary and secondary school students in Republic of Serbia. The results have indicated that the prevalence of obesity in the primary school students was 24.8%, including 19.8% of overweight students and 5.0% of obese ones (2013), and the prevalence of obesity in the secondary school students was 19.2%, of which 15.7% were overweight, and 3,5% were obese ones (2018). It is obvious that the prevalence of obesity among primary and secondary school students has increased compared to 1990 data, especially among the younger population. These results were the basic indicators that it is necessary to introduce continuous monitoring of the prevalence of obesity at the national level in Serbia, so since 2017, the program of physical and health education has introduced mandatory monitoring of physical fitness of students in primary and secondary schools, and within that monitoring, BMI measurement. National education and health strategies have directed a new program of physical and health education in which the main focus is on educating students about the importance of physical activity, physical exercise and healthy nutrition for their health and body composition.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Esra ERTURAN ÖĞÜT
Department of Recreation
Faculty of Sport Sciences
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Esra Erturan Öğüt is a faculty in Fenerbahçe University, Istanbul. She had her PhD on sports management in 2010 from Gazi University, Turkey. She had her dissertation on sport clubs management with the collaboration of scholars in Deutsche Sporthochschule in Cologne, Germany where she has been a visiting graduate. In 2011, she has been a visiting scholar in Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA, and worked with distinguished scholars for her publications on sport management. She has been a working on different facets of sport management since then. She has taught several courses including but not limited to Comparative Sport Management, Sports Marketing, Sport and Globalization, Recreation and Sports, and Research Methods. Her research interests include sport policies and politics, sport clubs management, volunteering in sports, and sport and globalization. She has published numerous articles, and her work appeared in high-quality journals such as European Sport Management Quarterly, International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, and Journal of Public Management. She has contributed various scientific conferences in scientific and organizing committees, and has been the editor of numerous proceeding books. From 2017 onwards, she has been an associate professor in American University of the Middle East in Kuwait.
How Volunteering Can Help to Promote Physical Wellness in Turkey? Lessons from European Implications
The importance of volunteering has long been acknowledged by the western countries. In EU countries, 22% to 23% of the adult population volunteers in several activities. In UK, the economic value of formal volunteering has been estimated 7.9% of GDP. Sport in Europe is mainly a non-profit sector that depends on voluntary work. Voluntary sport clubs and their voluntary attendees helps people to engage in sports and keep physical activity in their daily life. Volunteers participate in sport organizations in various roles such as administration, board members, event supporters, coaching, officials, technical maintenance, marketing, sales, and so on. In Turkish context, volunteering in sport appears in different facets. First of all, voluntary work is not widely spread in the sport and exercise community as it is in Europe. Numbers of voluntary clubs and volunteers in sport are scarce comparing to EU countries. This leads to a disadvantage for gathering and engaging more people in physical wellness activities like sport and exercise. Turkish sport system therefore might have been structured to include more volunteering opportunities to engage people to physical wellness and health activities. Also, characteristic of volunteering shows difference in Turkey, as it is in a less altruistic form. Research shows that sport volunteers’ motivation in Turkey is to gain some personal benefits like traveling and social networking while in Europe the main goal is support the social well-being and the public good. Turkey can benchmark some of the good examples of volunteering campaigns helped health and sport volunteering disseminate in Europe. Supporting sport and exercise system with attendance of voluntary work-power would bring Turkey’s wellness sector some economic, social and cultural benefits in the long run.
Prof. Dr. Chae-Hee PARK
Department of Sport and Healthy Aging
Korea National Sport University
Prof. Dr. Chae-Hee Park is a Professor of the Department of Sport and Healthy Aging and Director of Academic Information Center at the Korea National Sport University in Korea. She earned a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Kinesiology. Her primary research interests are in the area of exercise/physical activity, health and well-being, and quality of life in the older adult population. Park’s doctoral work specifically focused on evaluating the National Blueprint: Increasing Physical Activity among Adults Age 50 and Older providing as a guide for various organizations, associations, and agencies, to inform and support their planning effort related to increasing physical activity in the USA. She played a major role in a pilot project to assess the feasibility of Healthy Aging for low-income and frail seniors in the State of Illinois. Dr. Park also conducted studies on older adults and physical activity collaborating with researchers at the University of Tsukuba in Japan. Currently, she serves on the older adult committee member of the ACSM Exercise is Medicine and a director of the Board members of the Korea Football Association. Dr. Park is affiliated with American College of Sports Medicine, Korean Alliance For Health, Physical Education, Recreation, And Dance, Korea Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women, Korean Society of Sport Policy, and Korean Society of Exercise Rehabilitation.
Korea, Fastest Aging Society in the World: The Role of Physical Activity Programs and Exercise is Medicine (EIM)
Asia is home to the largest older adult population in the world, and the proportion of people aged 65 and over is projected to rapidly grow in all Asian countries. Especially, Republic of Korea is currently fastest aging society and will be the world's most aged society by 2067. Aging process is associated with physical, psychological, and social aspects. Many chronic diseases and conditions are prevalent in seniors, and regularly participating in exercise and physical activity can help prevent and manage many of these conditions. Additionally, several studies have shown that regular exercise increase emotional well-being, mood but reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety in the older adult population. In 2018, World Health Organization published the Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018~2030. It includes promoting and fostering the concept of “Healthy and Active Ageing”. Safe and effective physical activity programs can play important roles for maintaining health and active ageing for seniors. However, if older adults have a chronic condition and no previous experience with exercise, it is not always easy to start an exercise routine without specialized information and appropriate instruction. Exercise is Medicine (EIM) is to make physical activity assessment and promotion a standard in clinical care, connecting health care with evidence-based physical activity resources for people everywhere and of all abilities. EIM can help seniors with chronic diseases to incorporate exercise into their everyday lives. In a presentation, the role of evidence-based physical activity programs and EIM in the prevention and management of chronic diseases and improving quality of life in Korea will be discussed.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Siriporn SASIMONTONKUL
Vice President, ACESS
Dean, Faculty of Sports Science
Assist. Prof. Dr. Siriporn Sasimontonkul has served as a Dean of the faculty of Sports Science since 2006. She had established faculty of sports science, Kasetsart University, since 2005 and established many graduate curricula such as Sports Science, Athletic Training and Movement Science. From her biomechanics and exercise physiology backgrounds, she has contributed to public agencies and societies including the collaboration with the ministry of public health. One of the contributed projects was physical activity guidelines for elderly, farmers, office workers, fishery and the monk. She has been the vice president of Asian Council of Exercise and Sports Science and the Chair of consortium for the dean of faculty of Sports Science and Physical Education. Her research interests include biomechanical analysis with special emphasis on sports and human movement, impact of loads on bone health and bone injuries. She has also conducted many researches to invent exercise program for disease prevention and rehabilitation. She has also implemented research finding to many projects with communities to promote exercise for disease prevention. Among them, it was a Center of Wellness and Health which is operated by community stakeholders for wellness tourism.
Implementation of HIIE for Disease Prevention: Perspective from Thailand
The number of elderly population in Thailand has been grown for years. From 2019 to 2020, percentage of elderly increased from 16.42 percent to 17.23 percent. It is a challenging situation to get healthy aging population. However, between 2015 and 2020, the incident rate of diabetes and hypertension in Thai population age over 60 years has been increased from 17.47 to 20.14 percent and 39.1 to 44.86 percent, respectively. The incident rate of cardiovascular disease in elderly also inclined from 1.72 to 1.92 percent (Heath data service center, 2021). In contrast, only a small number of elderly participated in physical activity, which was only 9.9 percent in 2015 (National Statistical Office, Ministry of information and communication technology). In addition, from 2019 to 2020, the incident rate of diabetes in all age groups inclined 0.72 percent. Moreover, the number of diabetes patients who have BMI higher than 25 kg/m2 increased 8.88 percent. Meanwhile, the reduction of the risk factor for cardiovascular disease among diabetes was poor, only 32.83 percent of diabetes patients has LDL-C lower than 100 mg/dl. These led to poor treatment outcome which only 64.96 percent and 66 percent of diabetes patients could control blood sugar and blood pressure level, respectively (Heath data service center, 2021). There is evidence that high intensity intermittent exercise (HIIE) could reduce risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease such as visceral fat, triglyceride and cholesterol level. In addition, it could decrease the inflammatory process which is a result of adipokines releasing from adipose tissue. The implementation of HIIE for disease prevention will be discuss more during presentation.
Dr. Walter SENEVIRATHNE
Coordinator, Postgraduate Diploma in Physical Education
Department of Education
University of Peradeniya
Dr. Walter Senevirathne is Senior Lecturer in Education and Physical Education in postgraduate and undergraduate Programs, Department of Education, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya (UOP) in Sri Lanka. He obtained his Bachelor of Science (Bio science) from University of Peradeniya; Masters of Philosophy (Physical Education) and PhD in Physical Education from UOP. His research interests include health related physical Fitness among secondary school children, Sports psychology, Recreational Games, Measurement and Evaluation, Curriculum Studies, Action Research in Education and Teacher Education. Dr. Walter Seneviratne has been invited as a keynote/ symposium/invited speaker at various national and international conferences. To date, he has obtained 10 research grants as the principal or co-investigator. His academic work includes 30 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. He was a former Rugby Football coach and administrator and Co-founder of the Central Province Schools Rugby Football Association in Sri Lanka and produced international level Rugby players. He started His career as Senior School teacher and did some experimental practices in kids rugby (Cat Rugby) programs in primary education in Sri Lanka.
Health Issues and Physical Education Curriculum in Sri Lanka
Each year, 103 500 Sri Lankans die from non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease, lung disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. NCDs account for three in every four deaths in Sri Lanka. The prevalence of NCDs is rising, due to the ageing population, urbanization, changes to a more sedentary and unhealthier lifestyle, and associated risk factors. One out of three people have raised blood pressure, one in three adults are either overweight or obese. The NCD epidemic is a serious economic issue. NCD treatment costs account for a huge proportion of the annual health budget. Although health care in Sri Lanka is free. Meanwhile Health and Physical Education (PE) in secondary schools in Sri Lanka (SL) has changed dramatically over the last few decades. These changes have altered not just the name of the subject, but also the content, mode of delivery, focus, priority and the time allocated to it. Some of these changes have led to less recognition of the subject and less interest among the students in learning PE. The nature and purpose of physical education have changed after independence due to the context of changing political and social forces. Since the education system in SL has developed over the course of several hundred years, the entire structure of the education curriculum encompassing prescription, process and practice can only be modified as part of a long-term reform operation. It is recommended that the existing PE curriculum and practice be changed by drawing up revised conditions for those wishing to take up the subject and promoting the lifelong health education practices to emphasis healthy life style to overcome NCDs.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Demet TEKİN, PT, Ph.D.
Head, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Department
Faculty of Health Sciences
Assist. Prof. Dr. Demet Tekin, PT, Ph.D. is recognized as the first and only Dance Physiotherapist in Turkey. Now, she is working as the Head of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Department, Faculty of Health Sciences in Fenerbahce University which is established by one of Turkey's most famous sports team. She has 2 masters and 1 PhD in Sports Science and has worked with many sports (football, volleyball, basketball, tennis, swimming, oarsmen, motorcyclists ...). However, as she has been dancing for 17 years, she has worked on injuries especially in dancers and has also treated many neurological, pediatric and geriatric patients by making them dance. Demet Tekin, who has been trained in many dance fields, has made Flamenco professionally for 12 years and has performed many shows. Flamenco is seen as a form of life for her. She gives Flamenco dance course in her academy and other dance academies in İstanbul. She is the director of the ‘Labranza Dance and Music Company’ that includes Turkish and Spanish artists. She has performed in many cities of Turkey, especially in Istanbul. With her special project which is called Fasl-ı Flamenko that brings together the Turkish and Spanish culture, she organized a Europe Union Intercultural Project. As it is known, a sedentary lifestyle leads individuals to suffer from chronic diseases and decrease their quality of life, resulting in serious problems such as early mortality. For this reason, Tekin works on what should be done in order to increase and improve the quality of life of individuals and societies. Therefore, Tekin works on what should be done in order to increase and improve the quality of life of individuals and societies.
Treatment with Dance in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation: Perspective of a Sports Physiotherapist and Professional Dancer from Turkey
The dance therapy method, which was used quite frequently in the past centuries, has become an official practice in the 21st century; also it is one of the most important parts of complementary medicine in the treatment of physical, mental, social and psychological problems. In this period, it is implemented at hospitals, health centers, special education centers, day care places, orphanages, private clinics and homes. It is used in many pediatric diseases such as autism, Down syndrome, mental retardation, eating disorders, on adults, vision and hearing problems, physical disabilities, on elderly, in neurological diseases such as Parkinson, multiple sclerosis, in cancer, on pregnant women. It is a method often preferred by people who want to protect and increase health. In addition to all these, dance creates a balance in the lives of people who want to increase their quality of life, thereby improving mental health affects positively. The positive effects of dance have been proven by many scientific studies; but It is not well understood how to use it as a treatment model. The relationship of purpose, method and outcome has been described in a less number of diseases. Giving information about dance treatment methods, explaining how it can affect will be very useful for people working in this field. As a physiotherapist, dancer and dance instructor, I share with people my knowledge and experience that I have gained over many years by working with healthy people and different disease groups in Turkey. However, in order to help more people, it is necessary to educate new people who will work in this field. For this reason, courses should be organized for training of people who want to work in this field.
Prof. Dr. Volga Bayrakçı TUNAY, PT, Ph.D.
Faculty of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
Prof. Dr. Volga Bayrakçı Tunay is a sports physiotherapist and currently working as a fulltime professor at Hacettepe University Faculty of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation. She is the Head of Sports Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Department at the same Faculty. Her main areas of interest are sports physiotherapy and rehabilitation, injury prevention, functional tests for return to sport and promotion of physical activity. Dr. Tunay is teaching and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate courses on clinical decision-making strategies and evidence-based practice in physiotherapy, sports physiotherapy and orthopaedic rehabilitation. She has conducted studies and took part in national and international projects. Dr. Tunay is a member of Turkish Physiotherapy Association, Turkish Sport Physiotherapy Association, International Federation of Sports Physiotherapy. She is also in Education Commission of Health Sciences Educational Programs Evaluation and Accreditation Association and evaluator in Turkish Higher Education Quality Council. She was one of the founder member and past vice president of Association of Turkish Sports Physiotherapy. More than 10 years, Dr. Tunay is working in a scientific committee of Turkey Ministry of Health according to create interventions for preschool and school children and also for adults according to promote health of Turkish people. Dr. Tunay has published many scientific articles, chapters in books and scientific presentations in national and international meetings. She is the Editor of Journal of Exercise Therapy and Rehabilitation.
Current Trends and Techniques of Sports Physiotherapy in Prevention and Recovery of Sports Injuries in Community: Application in Turkish Perspective
In recent years, rehabilitation and safe return to sports after sports injuries has become an important area of interest for sports physiotherapists. This situation brought together the sports physiotherapist, sports physician and orthopedic surgeon. The changing profile of sports-related injuries and the interest shown in sports in Turkey, especially football, make this issue more important. While elite athletes have more options, it may be more difficult for other athletes to access these opportunities. Important factors in successful sports injury rehabilitation approaches are the application of appropriate sports physiotherapy programs, appropriate and well-timed surgical interventions, and judicious and need based use of other agents. Sports rehabilitation emphasize teamwork. The rehabilitation team has to be led by a trained sports physiotherapist, with an understanding of the protocols and interventions required at various stages. Injury specific rehabilitation protocols are well described but need to be introduced according to the nature of the sport as well as available facilities of the countries. In Turkey, sports physicians and sports physiotherapists are increasingly joining in teams. While sports physicians help with medication and nutritional supplements, sports physiotherapists could apply specialized tests for prevent injuries, apply appropriate rehabilitation protocols and use tests to return to sport. The primary aims of sports rehabilitation are safe return to sports and minimizing reinjury. This involves proper rehabilitation and testing. For this purpose, well trained sport physiotherapists are needed. In Turkey, these trainings are carried out with Hacettepe University Sports Physiotherapy master's and doctoral programs, which I am also responsible for. Clinical trainings will also be carried out through special trainings planned by the Turkish Ministry of Sports and the Sports Physiotherapists Association.
President & CEO
TWIST Performance + Wellness
Peter Twist, MSc, is a Sport Scientist who introduced the first certifications in functional training, a paradigm shift creating exercises integrating strength, balance, movement and core to increase brain activity and full kinetic chain movement to improve physical literacy and sport performance. Twist’s applied research and industry authorship contributed over 500 papers, 20 books and manuals, 44 DVDs and 18 professional certifications to the coach, trainer and teacher markets. Twist trained over 700 pro athletes including 11 years in the NHL and partnerships with the China Government to modernize performance training and rehabilitation for Olympic teams. His expert staff have helped develop 2,000 pro and Olympic athletes and 20,000 high school and collegiate athletes. Twist Performance + Wellness facilities service adult and youth clients of all levels with physical literacy, champion mindset, holistic health, mental wellbeing and nature therapy. Twist is a Scientific Advisor to the Global Foundation of Community Health, an international research group collaborating on children’s health. Peter was honoured with 2001 NSCA’s President’s Award, 2003 CanFitPro Specialty Presenter of the Year, 2010 IDEA Program Director of the Year, CanFitPro's 2012 Canadian Presenter of the Year, 2013 IDEA World Fitness Inspiration Award and in 2015, was inducted into the USA Fitness Hall of Fame. Twist recently won China’s Most Inspirational in Fitness Award for efforts leading kids, elite athletes and adults to sustainable health and happiness. Current day Twist writes on the benefits of mindset, nature and movement for all ages and the value of neural complexity to sport excellence.
Utilizing the Sport Sciences in a Holistic Paradigm to Develop Healthy Students, Successful Athletes and Winners in Life: Perspective from Canada
This presentation summarizes the key pillars of TWIST Education and community programs which harness the sport sciences as curative solutions to develop “a body that works”, for enhanced sport, play and outdoor recreation experiences, along with the mindset and social emotional skills to navigate one’s life path well. Taking an interdisciplinary research approach and measurable outcomes, the TWIST Educational Programs are specifically designed to focus on fundamental movement skills, a brain-body connection and the physical abilities the mind + muscle can express. The technical paradigm is presented as a 4 Pillar integrated producing methodologies that train the body as our human vehicle, synchronizing mind with muscle for movement. Improved self reporting shows favourable data when symbolism is leveraged to associate physical tasks and attributes with mental skills proven to help students navigate their full life path such as resiliency, self belief and overcoming difficulty, and assistive to a peaceful positive community, such as the shift in perspective from me to we. Measurable improvement in enjoyment and retention were documented when four common features of popular video games are embedded into the exercise experience to help students find joy in movement and facilitate social emotional learning practising cooperation and collaboration. TWIST deploys students and athletes into the community by engaging their families in fun “homework” assignments that makes the student an ambassador for their holistic healthy active living while building leadership skills sharing their passions for this. Activities in nature or outdoors locally are encouraged to teach them how to benefit personally from nature while gaining respect for it.
Prof. Dr. Bülent ÜLKAR, MD
Executive Board Member, Turkish Sports Medicine Association
Department of Sports Medicine
Faculty of Medicine
Prof. Dr. Bülent Ülkar, MD is a sports medicine specialist and is currently working as a fulltime professor at Ankara University School of Medicine, Sports Medicine Department. His main areas of interest are sports traumatology and rehabilitation, injury prevention and pre-participation examinations, promotion of physical activity for preventive medicine. Dr. Ülkar is a member of FIMS (International Federation of Sports Medicine) Education Commission. He was a member of EFSMA (European Federation of Sports Medicine Associations) Scientific and Education Commission between 2014-2018; a member of Turkish Sports Medicine Association since 1993 and served as a member of scientific and education commissions and as an executive board member. Dr. Ülkar has published many scientific articles, chapters in books and has scientific presentations in national and international meetings. He is the Editor-in Chief of Turkish Journal of Sports Medicine.
The Urgency of Physical Activity Promotion in Turkey
There is a huge concern about an emerging obesity and diabetes epidemic in Turkey. The development of new technologies at a dizzying pace has resulted in a lot of work being handed over to machines by people. Technology, which has also entered into the daily life of human beings, has caused great changes in daily life activities. While some of these directly reduce physical activity (such as motorized vehicles), others indirectly promote immobility (such as television, computers, the internet). The skeletal, muscular, metabolic and cardiovascular systems are adversely affected by physical inactivity. Physical inactivity eventually led to an explosion of "noncommunicable diseases". According to the World Health Organization; insufficient physical activity is one of the leading risk factors for death worldwide. The cross-sectional, population-based surveys; TURDEP-I and TURDEP-II (Turkish Diabetes, Hypertension, Obesity and Endocrinological Diseases Prevalence Studies) with 12 years interval (1998 and 2010, respectively) revealed that the rate of increase for diabetes was 90% and obesity was 40% in Turkey. The main leading factors fort this enormous increase has been attributed mainly to physical inactivity and unhealthy nutritional habits. The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected the population in terms of physical inactivity due to social isolation and lockdowns, as well. We urgently need to define and plan an effective strategy to eradicate Physical Inactivity Disease to be able to cope with accompanying diseases which are alarmingly threatening public health.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Željko VUKIĆ
Faculty of Physical Education and Sport
University of Banja Luka
Republic of Srpska
Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H)
Assist. Prof. Dr. Željko Vukić from University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Outdoor Activities. Magister and doctoral degree obtained at University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport. His main focus can be described as turning back to nature. Trying to rise students (as future physical activity experts) consciousness and people all ages about importance of creating habit of continuous physical activity, primarily in nature. Since 2006. Dr. Vukić has organized field camps for students in national park “Tjentište” Also participate, as assistant, practical teaching students Skiing at Olympic mountain Jahorina. Manager and ski teacher at Sport club BSK Banja Luka where teach children first steps skiing and managing several sections: BSK Adventure, roller skating, field trips. He is an author of several articles about sport, recreation and physical education.
Integration of Outdoor Activities to Enhance Quality of Life with Holistic Approach: From B&H Perspective
As if it was not enough that hypokinesia and her siblings almost rule the world, the COVID came to their aid and the world was stopped. Schools were closed, online classes were introduced, and jokes about online physical education became distasteful the moment the seriousness of the situation was realized. One of the few activities that could be practiced safely for health, and in accordance with WHO recommendations, are activities in nature or outdoors. Outdoor activities are a very broad concept, which in short implies going to nature to meet health, recreational and many other needs. Many researches have indicated that taking part in outdoor recreational activities can enhance the quality of life of a person in the psychological well-being and health at all. Guided by the above guidelines and using professional experience, this presentation will offer a proposal of activities that encourages creativity, stimulates children's imagination, develops compassion, self-education, enables the development of social skills and emotional health. Physical activity is represented by hiking, specific crossing the river and free climbing. With adequate changes, applicability is possible for all age categories. The activity involves a one-day trip into nature, designed for a small group (up to 10) with the assignment of individual roles (scout, navigator, constructor, doctor, guard…) and role-related tasks. Children (7-10 years) individually solve their task obtained through the role and together they overcome obstacles and puzzles in order to reach the final goal... “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together "African proverb.
Prof. Dr. Erika ZEMKOVÁ
Department of Biological and Medical Sciences
Faculty of Physical Education and Sport
Comenius University in Bratislava
Prof. Dr. Erika Zemková is a professor in the Department of Biological and Medical Sciences, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Comenius University in Bratislava. She also works as a researcher at the Technological Institute of Sport, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Slovak University of Technology. She completed her Masters Degree in Professional Coaching in 1994, and Doctoral Degree in Sports Kinanthropology in 1999. In
2004, Slovak Academy of Sciences awarded her the Scientific Qualification Degree IIa – Independent Scientist. In 2007, she became Associate Professor and in 2013 Full Professor of Sports Kinanthropology. In 2008, she graduated at the Institute of International Relations and Law Approximation, Faculty of Law, Comenius University in Bratislava. She has received fellowships for conducting research at foreign universities, including the Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professional Development Award (University of Michigan, 2009), Fulbright Award (NeuroMuscular Research Center at Boston University, 2005–2006), Aktion Österreich–Slowakei Stipendium (University of Vienna, 2005), NATO Expert Visit Award (University of Aberdeen, 2005), CIMO Fellowship (Research Institute for Olympic Sports in Jyväskylä, 2003), and for teaching activities through the Erasmus Program and bilateral agreements between Universities (2004–2013). She was awarded by Coventry University Research Committee to be a Visiting Professor in Physical Education and Sport at the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Coventry University (2012–2015). Her scientific and academic work was noted for merit by her home Faculty of Physical Education and Sport in 2011, 2012 and 2019, and also by Comenius University in Bratislava in 2018.
Young and Old Alike: Agility Skills Testing and Training within a Long-term Physical Development Model
Agility is a key quality of physical fitness in both children and the elderly. It is strongly connected to strength, balance and coordination. A great attention is paid to developing agility skills throughout childhood and adolescence, particularly in those playing competitive sports. Examining the effects of growth, maturation and training on essential aspects of agility performance, such as perceptual and decision making processes and change of direction speed, is of special importance. Revealing changes in sensory and motor functions is also important for senior athletes and allows comparisons with those normally attributed to aging. Assessing agility skills in conditions that are similar to demands of the sport of interest is useful in distinguishing within- and between-group differences as well as in revealing acute and adaptive changes during training programs. While exercise-induced fatigue seems to impair cognitive rather than motor functions, faster movement execution rather than response times usually contributes to improved agility performance after the training. The predominant role of either the sensory or the motor component in agility depends on demands of particular sport. Their contribution can be estimated using the Agility Index. It is defined as the ratio of reaction time and agility time divided by the previously determined coefficient for each traveling distance. This variable can be applied for assessing agility skills in individuals of various age and physical fitness within long-term physical development model. Activities that include generic pattern recognition, hand-eye coordination, and decision-making skills are highly recommended for agility training not only for improvement of athlete performance but also for whole well-being and health of both young and older physically active individuals. Acknowledgments: This work was supported by the Scientific Grant Agency of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic and the Slovak Academy of Sciences (No. 1/0089/20).