Yesterday, prominent guest speakers visited the the Research Seminar Series in Sport Sciences at the Dept. of Sport Sciences, Malmö University – which, in case you’ve missed it, is hosting next year’s ECSS Congress.
Karen A Pfeiffer’s (from Michigan State University) first area of research is measurement of physical activity; the second area is interventions to increase physical activity. These two research interests were nicely combined in the work she has been doing together with others in order to publish guidelines and an overview (review-review) of what research has to say about interventions with the aim to increase physical activity among children and youth that actually work. An important result was that enhanced PE seems to be the way to go. So what is enhanced PE? Well, it is not enough to increase hours of PA – PA has to have a certain quality too. It is important to learn skills – not only to be physically active. This is interesting and raises questions of how to make sure that children meet educated PE teachers! Pfeiffer also pointed to new research on the importance of building environments that people like to be physically active in. In conclusion, she talked about future research and the needs to concentrate on optimal age range for specific approaches, long-term follow-up, and that we need to compare effects across race, ethnicity and socio-ecnomic groups.
Lars Bo Andersen (University of Southern Denmark) took over the lectern after Karen Pfeiffer. Denmark has introduced 45 minutes PA per day during school hours. Except for presenting convincing research on the importance of increased PA, Anderson presented a few different studies on intervention projects. It should be easy to use the results from these studies to convince politicians in other countries! Even so, it is difficult to change people’s minds – we know PA is good for you, and how PA can improve health – this is still not enough to make people change their habits. Andersen will chair one of the sessions at the ECSS congress in Malmö – so, the discussion will surely continue! We look forward to it!!
Susanna Hedenborg & Aage Radmann
For the second year running the two Malmö football teams, Malmö FF (the men’s team) and Rosengård FC (the women’s team), won their respective Swedish top leagues for association football clubs. Both teams play in this year’s Champions League. Football is the most popular sport for children and young people in Sweden – both boys and girls play football. Some of you may have heard of Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Malmö FF used to be his team. Maybe you have heard of his book too, it has been translated into several languages – in Sweden it actually gave rise to a sort of “Harry Potter effect” when it comes to reading and boys. Sport can really play many different roles!
Other popular sports that you may encounter on your visit to Malmö are floor ball, golf and horse riding – they are very popular sports here as well. Floor ball was developed in Sweden in the 1970’s and is a kind of floor hockey. At the Department of Sport Sciences at Malmö University it is played every Friday between 12 and 1 PM – make sure you try it while visiting the ECSS Congress next year!
There are several golf courses in the region and golf players from northern Sweden envy the opportunities to (almost) all year golf in this southernmost part of the country.
Guests from abroad are often surprised that horse riding is one of the most popular sports for girls and women. Horse riding has really changed since the beginning of the 20th century. A hundred years ago, horses were used in agriculture, forestry and the transport sector as well as in the army. Most horses were draught horses and working with horses was connected to masculinity. Today young girls and women occupy the horse riding clubs and compared to many other countries, horse riding in Sweden is not an exclusive occupation for the upper classes. Why not try a ride on an Icelandic horse in one of the small forests not far from Malmö while visiting the conference!
In addition, there are good jogging opportunities close to the conference venue – not least along the beautiful beach at Ribersborg. That’s where we’ll host a Conference Run in honour of Bengt Saltin – come join us!
Susanna Hedenborg & Aage Radmann
In only eight months time…
we hope to see you all here in Malmö! The Swedish autumn has been fantastic – and part of our crew (read the congress president Aage Radmann) is still swimming in the Öresund sea. We feel sure that next year some of you will take the opportunity for open sea swimming, since it’s mere minutes away from the congress site. Who will be the first one – and the last…?
Only eight months….
Right now there is a building site instead of a congress center where we will convene. Is it a worry? Not really! A week ago the Department of Sport Sciences at Malmö University was invited for a visit to Malmö Live – the conference center to be. The guided tour at the site demonstrated that these houses are worth waiting for. It is fascinating to follow the work on the tower that will contain the hotel rooms (including a sky bar), the congress building and the concert hall. We were also introduced to the food concept of which a Swedish giant among international chefs is responsible – Marcus Samuelsson, of Harlem fame. Malmö Live will open on the 2nd of May 2015 and the congress site will host a couple of congresses before ours. In other words – they will be well prepared for the ECSS visit.
Some minutes away…
The ECSS Congress delegates will have easy access to the conference as Malmö central station is only a few minutes walk from Malmö Live. To get to Malmö by plane go to Copenhagen Airport, get a train across the sound, and you will arrive at the Malmö central station in less than 20 minutes. In Malmö you can walk, catch buses and why not experience the very flat city by bike?
So… the Congress site soon to be finished (check out some images from the visit of sport scientists below, hard hats and all), plenty of good food, and easy access to all parts of Malmö – what else can we ask for? Well, the most important ingredients in a good congress is of course you, the participants. We are looking forward to see you all in Malmö on June 24–27 next year.