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Salimetrics LLC – a happy congress exhibitor at the ECSS 2015 Malmö


Salimetrics once again attended ECSS, this time in the wonderful location of Malmo. Our thanks go to the organising committee for allowing us a stage upon which we were able to pass on information about the use of Salivary Bioscience within the Elite Sport Arena.

At the Conference we introduced the first available Salivary Uric Acid Assay, The Salimetrics Salivary Uric Acid Enzymatic Assay Kit was specifically designed to standardise the quantitation of Uric Acid levels in Saliva Samples and is useful in the area of Oxidative Stress

Delegates were hungry for information about Saliva Collection, the ELISA Test Process and Interpretation of results. For further information, can we guide interested parties to our website www.salimetrics.com. It contains a host of technical support, got a question: europe@salimetrics.com

See you all in Vienna 2016….

Roger Sparrow
Salimetrics LLC

Malmö is the sixth bike-friendliest city in the world, according to Danish study

Malmö by bike.

Malmö by bike.

THE BICYCLE MAKES sense in cities. With rising urbanization, our cities need modern mobility solutions, and moving around on two wheels proves time and again that it can offer results.

Investment in bicycle infrastructure is a modern and intelligent move. Plenty of research shows the social, economic, environmental, and health benefits of urban cycling. Studies from Denmark tell us that for every kilometer cycled, society enjoys a net profit of 23 cents, whereas for every kilometer driven by car we suffer a net loss of 16 cents.

Many cities get this. Many don’t. And many more are somewhere in between, wavering on how much to invest, where to invest it, and how, exactly, to make themselves welcoming to cycling and the benefits it brings.

With each edition, the Copenhagen­ize Design Company’s Index of the most bike-friendly cities in the world evolves. In 2011 we ranked 80 global cities; in 2013 we ranked 150.

This year, we considered cities with a regional population over 600,000 (with a few exceptions because of their political and regional importance, and to keep things interesting). We ranked 122 cities. The top 20 are (2013 ranking in brackets):

  1. Copenhagen (2)
  2. Amsterdam (1)
  3. Utrecht (3)
  4. Strasbourg (new)
  5. Eindhoven (8)
  6. Malmö by bike.

    Malmö by bike.

    Malmö (9)
    The Lowdown: Sweden’s third-largest city has been wise to look west to Copenhagen for inspiration, as opposed to north to Gothenburg and Stockholm. The main city in Sweden’s most bicycle-friendly region—Skåne—Malmö has been insistent on reestablishing the bicycle on the urban landscape.A highlight since 2013 was the opening of a bicycle parking facility at the train station that makes even Copenhagen look awkward. Since 2013 there has been continued focus on investment. Many of the city’s projects over the past few years remain impressive when measured against global competition. Its “No Ridiculous Car Trips” behavioral campaign is still a benchmark for communication.

    The city remains balanced on helmet promotion, in contrast to Stockholm and Gothenburg, which serves to encourage cycling. Despite a rise in the ranking, we have heard of a waning interest from politicians to keep moving forward. Investment risks being reallocated and plans for more visionary projects are becoming fewer and farther between. When you come this far, you don’t stop.

    Getting Better: Still, Malmö insists, in some places, on substandard infrastructure solutions that do not encourage the development of a coherent network and, by extension, an increase in cycling levels. More investment will ensure Malmö’s leadership role in Sweden, as well as among cities of a similar size in the rest of Europe.

    Not capitalizing on that would be silly. When a city has been so visionary, it is a harder fall when the wheels stop rolling.

  7. Nantes (6)
  8. Bordeaux (8)
  9. Antwerp (7)
  10. Seville (4)
  11. Barcelona (17)
  12. Berlin (16)
  13. Ljubljana (new)
  14. Buenos Aires (new)
  15. Dublin (10)
  16. Vienna (new)
  17. Paris (20)
  18. Minneapolis (new)
  19. Hamburg (15)
  20. Montreal (13)

The index was created by the Copenhagen­ize Design Company, and the text above was written by its CEO Mikael Colville-Andersen.

Malmö moving into sixth place is a testimony to the city’s proud persistent pursuit toward sustainability and green answers to questions about environment and climate change. The overarching theme for ECSS 2015 Malmö, Sustainable Sport, is well in tune with that of its host city.

Invited session on “Quality of movements – more than meets the eye?”


Assessment of muscle function is important within sports. Various aspects of poor muscle function have been linked with the risk of lower extremity injury and worse outcomes following injury, such as an increased risk of recurrent injury and absence from sports.


Assessment often includes measures of muscle strength and measures of functional performance, such as hop tests. The quality of movement is another aspect of muscle function, which may also be important. Modern, laboratory-based three-dimensional (3-D) motion analysis technology is the gold standard for quantifying movements. The use of clinical assessment of movement quality by visual rating, that is more easily administered in the clinical setting and in large scale studies, has increased during recent years.

This invited session brings together researchers from Australia and Sweden with expertise in clinical and biomechanical assessment of movement quality during the performance of daily and sport-specific tasks. We will present research on: development and evaluation of clinical assessment of movement quality, quantifying movements in motion analysis systems, and the underlying sensorimotor and biomechanical mechanisms contributing to altered movement quality. We will also cover the influence of gender, injury, and prevention/rehabilitation on altered movement quality.

kay-m-crossleyThe first speaker in this invited session is Professor Kay M. Crossley, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia. She will present and discuss different approaches to how movement quality can be measured clinically, validity and reliability of clinical assessment of movement quality and the association between altered movement quality and injury.

mark-w-creabyThe second speaker is Associate Professor Mark W Creaby, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Australia. He will present and discuss sensorimotor and biomechanical mechanisms associated with good and poor performance in clinical tests of movement quality. This will include data on links between poor movement quality, muscle size, strength, control, activation patterns, and gait mechanics.

eva-agebergThe third speaker is Associate Professor Eva Ageberg, Lund University, Lund, Sweden. She will present and discuss findings on selecting the appropriate clinical tests for assessing movement quality, the association of worse movement quality with symptoms, function, and gender and whether altered movements can predict the outcome after rehabilitation.

Welcome to attend this symposium, which will take place Wednesday June 24th at 3 pm in lecture room “High Live 4”!

Eva Ageberg, Associate Professor
Department of Health Sciences, Lund University

ECSS Malmö 2015: 2,000 abstracts in more than 200 sessions

Post by Aage Radmann and Susanna Hedenborg

Post by Aage Radmann and Susanna Hedenborg

As presidents for the ECSS Malmö 2015 Congress, we have spent a few days down at the ECSS central office in Cologne together with the staff members, Hans Hoppeler (former president of the ECSS, 2009–2011) and Flemming Dela (co-chair of the ECSS Scientific Board). The purpose of this high-level get-together was to build the program, based on accepted abstract. The program will be announced to all participants on April 1, 2015.

The ECSS office is located close to the German Sport University Cologne (Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln, https://www.dshs-koeln.de/english). This is the biggest sport university in Europe with its 21 faculties with high quality education and research.


Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln

Some 6,000 students from 72 countries are enrolled in courses and programs within a diverse array of teacher education, humanities and social sciences, and world leading biomedicine. It is an enormous university campus, with lecture rooms, sport facilities and student accommodation. It is situated close to recreational parks, and there is even a horse stable so that the future PE teachers will be well prepared!

Flemming Dela, co chair Scientific board, Copenhagen university Hans Hopppeler, former president - building the program with the help of post-it notes

Flemming Dela, co-chair Scientific board, Copenhagen university, and Hans Hopppeler, former president, in the initial stages of program building – utilizing post-it notes.

For the Malmö ECSS congress about 2,000 abstracts have now been placed in different sessions, and it’s amazing what an interdisciplinary scholarly meeting this really is. ECSS is actually one of the largest interdisciplinary sport science conferences in the world, and in Malmö yore congress is made up of 200 sessions! In addition, satellite sessions, interest group meetings and workshops are planned in connection to the scientific program.


Elias Tsolakidis - Technical Director - European College of Sport Science Hans Hoppeler, former president  Thomas D after a long day building the program at the potato restaurant

Time for a dinner break after a long day building the program. Elias Tsolakidis, ECSS Technical Director, Hans Hoppeler, former president, and Thomas Delaveaux, Executive Director of the ECSS, at the Anno Pomm Kartoffelhaus.

Participants will arrive from about 75 countries across the globe. Even though this is a European conference, big groups of researchers come from Japan, Brazil and other countries well outside of Europe.

This year the number of abstracts from the fields of social science and the humanities have increased, and this summer more than 25 per cent of the presentations fall within these fields. ECSS 2015 is possibly the scientific sport conference that has attracted the highest number of participants within the field of social science and humanities ever!

The ECSS Malmö 2015 Congress presidents, Aage Radmann and Susanna Hedenborg, in Cologne.

The ECSS Malmö 2015 Congress presidents, Aage Radmann and Susanna Hedenborg, in Cologne.

We really look forward to meeting you all in Malmö!


Invited Session and Satellite Symposium on “Sport, Professionalization and Migration”

With increasing globalization and professionalization of sports, athletes, coaches and other sports personnel move across regional and national borders to take up work with increasing frequency, and our scholarly approaches to sport can no longer presume the boundaries of nation-states as the natural context for sport. Today, transnational mobility holds important consequences for national and international sport governing bodies, local clubs and individual athletes’ careers and lives.


This invited session and satellite symposium bring together senior and young researchers whose expertise includes sports and mobility, sports and professionalization, as well as sport, race and gender. In relation to existing research on sports labour migration (developing predominantly macro-structural perspectives on the global flows of athletes) this session and satellite symposium will present new theoretical perspectives on athletes’ mobility and bring the experiences of the players themselves forward through case studies of male and female athletes’ mobility in sports.

The invited session ”Sports labour mobility and the politics of precarity” will start at 10.20 on June 26th (for more information see the programme for the ECSS Conference). The concept of precarity is taken from among others the British economist, Guy Standing, who has examined the processes through which many a modern worker is becoming part of the ‘precariat’ combining the concepts precarious and proletariat (Standing 2011). The defining characteristic of members of the precariat is the unstable and short-term nature of their employment underpinned by a low probability of building a career. The three presentations in the session will alert attention to the variety and specificity of precarious issues for male as well as female athletes in various parts of the world of sport.

Niko Besnier

Niko Besnier

The first speaker is Professor Niko Besnier from Amsterdam University, the Netherlands, who is heading the project “Globalization, Sports and the Precarity of Masculinity”, an Advanced Research Grant funded by the European Research Council. Professor Besnier will report on the most current findings from multi-sited comparative ethnographic research on the hopes of young men in the so-called Global South and the migratory actions that derive from them.

Carmen Rial

Carmen Rial

The second speaker will be Professor Carmen Rial from University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. Based on multi-sited ethnographic research conducted since 2003 about the careers and life styles of Brazilian football players living in more than 10 countries, this presentation compares the experiences of players who migrate to China, India, Korea, Morocco or Uruguay to celebrity players who work at global clubs in Europe. It addresses cultural, political and economic implications of this form of circulation.

Sine Agergaard

Sine Agergaard

The third speaker is associate Professor, Sine Agergaard, Aarhus University, Denmark, who will report on precarious issues arising in a critical case study of African female athletes’ migration into and away from Scandinavian football clubs. Attention will be given to the fact that even though Scandinavian clubs and audiences employ and consume an increasing number of transnational athletes, there is no policy framework set up to ensure support to their dual career development and post-career transition.

In the afternoon of the 26th of June a satellite symposium to the ECSS Conference will be held five minutes away at Malmö University. The focus will be on the Scandinavian context, since this is the final seminar for a Nordic collaborative research project, a project that has consisted of a number of PhD projects based at various Scandinavian universities (see www.ph.au.dk/nordcorp). The studies have been using women’s football in Scandinavia – a leading centre of the game at a global level – as a case for analysing crucial changes in the Nordic civil society model of sport resulting from globalization and professionalization processes.

At the satellite symposium, six presentations will be held, mostly by PhD-students. The themes will be:

  • Branding of Scandinavian football (Mattias Melkersson, Malmö University)
  • Sport Development or Sport for Development? A comparative analysis of two Scandinavian football interventions, LdB FC For Life (South Africa) and Open Fun Football Schools (Moldova) (Niklas Hafen, Malmö University)
  • The feminisation of football in Europe (Svenja-Maria Mintert, Copenhagen University)
  • African Footballers in Scandinavia (Mari Haugaa Engh, Aarhus University)
  • Racism among African Minority Youth in Norway (Prisca Bruno Masao, Oslo University)
  • Female footballers in a new field – cultures collide in a Finnish football team (Pauliina Poikolainen, Jyväskylä University)

The discussion panel will consist of Kari Fasting, Bente O. Skogvang, Bo Carlsson, Gertrud Pfister, Torbjörn Andersson and Sine Agergaard.

Everybody is welcome to attend this symposium/mini-conference, which will take place between 13.30 and 18.45 at the Orkanen building in room D 222.

Torbjörn Andersson, Senior Lecturer,
Dept. of Sports Sciences, Malmö University

Sine Agergaard, Associate Professor,
Section for Sport Science, Aarhus University


Why Malmö is a perfect city for PhD students in Sport Science!

Post by Marie Larneby.

Post by Marie Larneby.

The ECSS conference is always a great opportunity for PhD students and young researchers to present ongoing research projects as well as taking part of new research in the multidisciplinary fields of sport sciences. At the ECSS Comngress in Malmö, as a PhD student, you will have the chance to further extend, discuss and present your research for other students, by attending the PhD course Scientific Quality, Position and Relevance in Sport Sciences (7,5 credits)!

Adjacent to and during the ECSS conference in Malmö 2015, this course is offered for students taking part of a doctoral training programme. It is a perfect opportunity to meet, get to know and to network with other PhD students in sport sciences. It is a distance course, with a campus meeting during the conference. The aim of the course, with the basis in different disciplinary departures, is to further develop the understanding of the field of sport sciences in relation to science in general and social sciences in particular. Another aim is to strengthen the student’s ability to write research articles to refereed journals. Important issues that will be dealt with during the course are for example: the scientific legacy of sport sciences, the concept of ‘sustainable development’ and ‘sustainability’ in relation to sport, and the social impact of sport sciences.

But the ECSS conference in Malmö is more than its congress venue and scientific programme! It is about meeting new people, experiencing a new country and discovering a part of the Scandinavian culture! Malmö is a vibrant, multicultural city that offers various sites and possibilities of experiences and activities.


If you have a longer pause in your scientific programme, you will have time to walk or take the bus to the long stretched beach and recreational area at the ‘Ribban Beach’, which is one of Malmö’s most beloved sites. The downtown area starts within a 5 minutes walk from the conference venue, with cafés, restaurants, cultural sites and nightlife. Malmö city is a great meeting point, and a night out for PhD students is a specific part of the social programme! And, additionally, there is much more to do, see and experience!

I hope to see you in Malmö in June!

Marie Larneby
PhD student at the Department of Sport Sciences, Malmö University

Extended Deadline until Feb. 25 | 20th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, ECSS | Malmö, Sweden, 24th–27th of June, 2015

The 20th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, ECSS, 24th–27th of June, 2015, will be hosted by Malmö University and Lund University, Sweden, and University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and will be held I Malmö. The overall Congress theme is

Sustainable Sport

Annual congresses have been organized since the inauguration of the ECSS in 1995. Today the ECSS congresses rank among the leading sport scientific congresses worldwide. The ECSS congress is the largest multidisciplinary congress in sport science, covering all major sectors of sport studies and sport science: Biomechanics & Neuromuscular, Physiology & Sport Medicine, and Social Science & Humanities. Admittedly, the latter sector has so far been seriously underrepresented, and the stated endeavor of the local organizers of the ECSS Congress 2015 in Malmö is to increase the number of sessions and presentations – of all kinds – within Social Science & Humanities.

The congress comprises a range of keynote speakers, invited lecturers, multi- and mono-disciplinary symposia as well as tutorial lecturers and Socratic debates. The ECSS congress is attended by international sport scientists with an academic career. The ECSS congresses now welcome up to 3000 participants from all over the world.

On behalf of the Department of Sport Sciences, Malmö University, the Department of Health Sciences, Lund University, and the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports (NEXS), University of Copenhagen, it is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 20th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science. The Abstract Submission is open, and abstract submission is free of charge. The deadline to submit your abstract is the 25th of February 2015. After undergoing the review process, all authors will be informed about the acceptance of their submission on the 1st of April 2015. Presenting authors must have paid their registration fees by the 1st of May 2015 at the latest to secure the presentation during the congress and the publication in the Book of Abstracts.

Details of the invited program and information on the city of Malmö can be found on the congress website of ECSS Malmö 2015.

For more information, please download the second announcement, visit the congress website and watch the promotional video. Check out the ECSS 2015 Malmö blog! Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Flickr.

Come and join us in Malmö to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ECSS!

Susanna Hedenborg and Aage Radmann
, Congress Presidents

Marco Narici
, ECSS President

Invited Session: Relative Age Effect

The local organizers of the ECSS Congress 2015 in Malmö will endeavour to increase the number of sessions and presentations – of all kinds – within the Social Sciences & Humanities area. To that end we will utilize the blog to present some of the sessions, and later presentations, in this area.

The invited session Relative Age Effect is chaired by Steve Cobley, University of Sydney, who also is one of three presenters, the others being Susana Gil, University of the Basque Country, and Tomas Peterson, Malmö University.

Stephen Cobley, Susana  Gil and Tomas Peterson (author of post).

Stephen Cobley, Susana Gil and Tomas Peterson (author of post).

The existence of Relative Age Effects (RAEs) is now a widely recognized phenomenon within youth sport and education systems across the world. RAEs refer “both to the immediate participation and long-term attainment constraints, occurring as a result of chronological age and associated physical (e.g. height) differences along with the selection practices that occur within such age grouped cohorts” (Cobley et al 2009). In sporting contexts, RAEs have been suggested as representing a form of bias, irrationality, and are counter-productive to longer-term attainment. A number of recommendations have been proposed to resolve RAEs. But the ‘road block’ to date for these solutions is their demand on resources (i.e., organizational and economic), the sheer inertia and inflexibility within present sporting systems, and the inability to test out potential solutions. On this basis, there are several challenges ahead for the research area of RAEs, and the general need to better improve the conditions for youth/athlete development. These issues will be addressed and discussed by the three invited speakers – from a psycho-social-physiological perspective, Steve Cobley; from a physiological-performance perspective, Susana Gil; and from a sociological perspective Tomas Peterson. Common and central to their discussion will be an argument for the research community to engage with sport organizations and sport governing bodies to more strongly support child and youth longer-term development, and to build momentum in mitigating against these unnecessary trends that differentially affect childhood and youth experience.

Satellite Symposium: “Sustainable Physical Education for a Sustainable Society” | Updated 20th May, 2015

Post by Jan-Eric Ekberg and Kelly Knez.

Post by Jan-Eric Ekberg and Kelly Knez.

We welcome you to join us for the Physical Education and Pedagogics satellite symposium at the ECSS Malmö 2015 Congress in Malmö, Sweden. Please register on the link at the bottom of the page before the 17th of June. Given the unique multidisciplinary programme at ECSS, we feel that we can provide an opportunity to bring together those interested in the field of Physical Education and Pedagogics at the conference.

The satellite symposium is scheduled for Wednesday the 24th of June at 10:00–12:00, in room Live 5, to be followed by a casual lunch (outside of the congress centre on own expenses) and continued informal discussions before the commencement of the mini oral presentations at 13:00. Opportunities for more informal meetings throughout, and also a meeting at the end of the conference, is planned and will be discussed during the satellite symposium.

The symposium on the 24th of June will be a mixture of short presentations, small group discussions and concluding with a panel discussion that will be tweeted live.


Richard Tinning, Karin Redelius and Håkan Larsson.

Facilitated by Professor Richard Tinning, Associate Professor Karin Redelius and Professor Håkan Larsson, the symposium will explore the following topics:

  1. Sustainability of the academic field of physical education:
    1. National health agendas, neoliberal values and digital technologies – the way of the future?
    2. What might the implications be of a digitally mediated biopedagogy?
  2. Can physical education contribute to a sustainable society?
    1. What should and could physical education be accountable for – and what is the relation between PE, education of the individual and a sustainable society?
    2. What is the role of PE today and in the future – fighting the “obesity crisis” and cutting down health related costs, or something quite different?
  3. How can physical education be sustainable?
    1. What content is relevant for physical education relative to both contemporary and future societies, for instance regarding societal trends (e.g. migration, sedentary lifestyles, etc.) and trends in physical culture (continued sportification vs. post-sports)?
    2. What content knowledge is relevant for physical education teachers and how can physical education teacher education (PETE) prepare teachers to teach this content?

Suggested prior reading

Bailey, R., Amour, K., Kirk, D., Jess, M., Pickup, I., Sandford, R. (2009). The educational benefits claimed for physical education and school sport: an academic review. Research Papers in Education24(1), 1-27.
Gard, M. (2014). eHPE: A history of the future. Sport Education and Society19(6), 827-845. Kirk, D. (2010) Physical Education Futures. New York: Routledge.
Williamson, B. (2015). Algorithmic skin: health-tracking technologies, personal analytics and the biopedagogies of digitalized health and physical education. Sport, Education and Society, 20(1), 133-151.

You are welcome to contact
Dr. Jan-Eric Ekberg, jan-eric.ekberg@mah.se
Dr. Kelly Knez kelly.knez@mah.se

Click here for free registration

Why Malmö is Scandinavia’s Hippest Travel Destination

hippest-destinationWe are not bragging about Malmö ourselves this time, its actually the New York magazine Travel + Leisure who put Malmö on the list as one of the best places in the world (phew) to visit. Travel + Leisure highlights some of the best things about Malmö:

    • Because it has one of Scandinavia’s most progressively designed neighborhoods. The once-gritty Western Harbor is now Europe’s first carbon-neutral district. As part of a government-funded competition, architects were tasked with creating statement-making structures that use renewable sources of energy.
    • Because some of the region’s best chefs are setting up shop. Cheap rents and a food-obsessed public have lured bright culinary talents.
    • Because coffee is considered a high art. Single-estate beans, on-site roasting, cups brewed with high-tech gadgets: Malmö, like much of Sweden, takes its coffee seriously.
    • Because there’s a really good nightlife scene. A cocktail renaissance is taking over southern Sweden.

So, as you can see, some of these good things about Malmö is connected to the sustainable theme for ECSS 2015.

And soon you will have the possibility to discover all this by yourself. Welcome to Malmö.

Please visit Travel + Leisure to find out more about the 2015 ECSS city!