ECSS Anniversary Congress 2020

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European College of Sport Science

ECSS Anniversary Congress 2020

25th Anniversary Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS)

VIRTUAL CONGRESS
www.ecss-congress.eu/2020

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The European College of Sport Science Anniversary Congress 2020

ABOUT THE CONGRESS

The European College of Sport Science (ECSS) is the leading association of sport scientists in Europe, and its main scientific event is the ECSS Annual Congress. The ECSS was founded in 1995, and the 1st ECSS Congress was held one year after that in Nice, France. Nowadays, the ECSS Congress is one of the most prestigious events in sport and exercise science in the world, with around 3 000 researchers participating every year. In 2019 the ECSS Congress was held in Prague and I presented our study at the parallel sessions. In 2020, the ECSS Congress was planned to be held on 1-3 July 2020 in Seville, Spain. However, the ECSS Sevilla 2020 Congress was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and transformed to a special virtual congress. The Online ECSS Anniversary Congress was held on 28-30 October 2020, and it celebrated the 25th anniversary of the ECSS.

OUR CONTRIBUTION

At this Congress I was accepted for an oral presentation at the parallel sessions to present the main findings from my PhD study on health-related physical fitness of young artistic gymnasts from the UK. Our presentation was part of the Oral presentations from the official scientific programme at the Online ECSS Anniversary Congress 2020. The abstract was published in the conference proceedings book of the 25th Anniversary Congress of the ECSS, and together with our presentation are both available for download on this page. After the Congress, our study was built upon further and the complete findings were published in the International Journal of Applied Exercise Physiology, Vol.10(1), 2021.

 

Artistic gymnastics improves health-related biomarkers at primary school age

Oral Presentations (Virtual)

Dr Stefan Kolimechkov at the Virtual ECSS Congress 2020

ECSS Anniversary Congress 2020

Artistic gymnastics improves health-related biomarkers at primary school age

Stefan Kolimechkov(1), Lubomir Petrov(2), Albena Alexandrova(2), Monèm Jemni(3)
1STK Sport, United Kingdom
2 National Sports Academy, Bulgaria
3University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Artistic gymnastics improves health-related biomarkers

ABSTRACT

Introduction:

Artistic gymnastics requires the performance of a variety of technical elements on different apparatuses where gymnasts have to overcome their body mass and even multiply it by several times when tumbling and dismounting (Jemni 2018). Maintaining optimal health and a good level of physical fitness is crucial in order to successfully perform the routines. The aim of this study was to assess health-related biomarkers to physical fitness in young gymnasts whilst estimating the benefits of regular gymnastics practice at primary school ages.

Methods:

The study included 49 children (mean age of 9.5 years) who were practising artistic gymnastics for at least 2 years with an average of 6 hours per week, and a control group of 41 children (mean age of 8.9 years). The participants completed the Alpha-Fit physical fitness test battery (BMI, %BF, handgrip strength, standing long jump, 4x10m shuttle run test and 20m multistage fitness test). Body fat percent (%BF) was assessed by the Tanita BF-689, and VO2max was estimated from the 20m shuttle test by applying the BeepShuttle Junior software (Kolimechkov 2018) using Leger’s equations for children. Percentile scores for the results from the different tests were calculated.

Results:

The scores of the main anthropometric variables, including height, body mass, BMI, and %BF in the male and female gymnasts were significantly lower than those of the control groups (p < 0.001, with very large effect size d > 1.20). All gymnasts had their body fat within the norms. There were no significant differences between the handgrip strength of the gymnasts and the control group for both genders. However, when reported to the relative arms area, gymnasts showed significantly higher relative upper arm muscle area and relative handgrip strength in comparison to the control groups (0.58 kg/kg body mass vs 0.42 kg/kg body mass in boys, p < 0.001, d = 2.00, and 0.52 kg/kg body mass vs 0.45 kg/kg body mass in girls, p < 0.01, d = 0.78, respectively). The results from the standing long jump test, 4x10m shuttle run test, as well as the 20m shuttle run test, were significantly greater in favour of the gymnasts in comparison to the control groups for both genders (p < 0.001, d > 1.20).

Conclusion:

These findings show that gymnastics training in childhood, contributes to maintaining a normal mass, and thereby sustaining a normal health status. Practising artistic gymnastics has a positive impact on the health-related biomarkers of children’s physical fitness.

References:

Jemni M. (2018) The Science of Gymnastics - Advanced Concepts, 2nd Edition. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Grp. London and New York. ISBN: eBook 9781315203805, Paperback 9781138701939; https://www.routledge.com/The-Science-of-Gymnastics-Advanced-Concepts/Jemni/p/book/9781138701939

Kolimechkov, S., Petrov, L., Alexandrova, A., & Cholakov, K. (2018). BeepShuttle Junior: Software for the Administration of the 20m Shuttle Run Test in Children and Adolescents. Journal of Advanced Sport Technology, 1(3), 35-40.

 

Oral Presentation: Artistic gymnastics improves health-related biomarkers at primary school age

Presenting Author: Dr Stefan Kolimechkov

Date & time: 30 October 2020, 11:00 am

Oral Presentations, Virtual
Session-ID: OP-AP15
Abstract-ID: 14

Artistic gymnastics improves health-related biomarkers at primary school age

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Latest News

30. October. 2020

Dr Stefan Kolimechkov presented at the virtual 25th Anniversary Congress of the ECSS

 

The 25th ECSS Anniversary Congress

September 2020

The European College of Sport Science Anniversary Congress 2020

This year the annual ECSS Congress will be virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All accepted abstracts will be presented virtually with live and pre-recorded sessions on 28-30 October 2020. The ECSS Seville 2020 was renamed ECSS Anniversary Congress 2020.

 

The ECSS Seville 2020 is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

August 2020

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the ECSS decided to cancel the ECSS Sevilla 2020 Congress and to organise the 25th ECSS Anniversary Congress, 28-30 October 2020, which will be a virtual congress. ECSS Sevilla will move to 2021 and will be a brand new congress.

 

The ECSS Seville 2020 postponed to October due to the COVID-19 pandemic

April 2020

After careful consideration, the ECSS decided to postpone the ECSS Seville 2020 Congress from 01 – 03 July 2020 to 28 – 30 October 2020. This decision was taken by the fact that more and more countries are taking action to manage the spread of Covid-19 by imposing travel restrictions and social distancing.

 

Accepted to Present at the 25th Annual Congress of the ECSS in Seville 2020

ECSS Seville 2020

15 March 2020

BREAKING NEWS: Our study is accepted for an oral presentation at the Physiology Sessions of the ECSS Congress in Seville. This will be my second participation at the biggest event in sports science in Europe after the one last year in Prague.

Dr Stefan Kolimechkov is accepted to present at the ECSS Congress in Seville 2020

 

Travel Grant Application

January 2020

Letter of Recommendation for Stefan Kolimechkov PhD

I am applying for an Early Career MRSB grant, provided by the Royal Society of Biology, to support my travel and participation at the biggest event in sports science in Europe, the ECSS Congress.

LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION ECSS 2020 Travel Grant Recommendation Letter for Dr Stefan Kolimechkov

 

Submission of an Abstract to the ECSS Seville 2020

3 December 2020

Our abstract entitled 'Artistic gymnastics improves health-related biomarkers at primary school age' was officially submitted for an oral presentation to the ECSS Reviewing Panel. The accepted studies will be announced by 15 March 2020.

 

Preparing the Study

November 2019

The main results from my PhD dissertation (2015-2018) haven't been presented or published yet, so my goal is to present them at a big international conference (preferably the ECSS Congress in Seville next year). I am now preparing an abstract to submit for the 25th ECSS Congress in Seville 2020.

 

25th ECSS Congress in Seville 2020

July 2019

After attending the biggest event in sport and exercise science in Europe for the very first time, ECSS Congres in Prague, 2019, I am now looking forward to going to the one next year in Seville, Spain. The ECSS Seville 2020 will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Congress, and it is promised to be unique and unmatched event.

 

Proposal for an invited session at the ECSS Congress in Seville 2020

14 November 2018

Together with Prof. Jemni, Prof. Leon-Prados, and Dr Ursula Martins, we submitted a proposal entitled 'What's going on with gymnasts? Why should we be concerned?' for an invited session in the field of Physiology and Sport Medicine for the ECSS Seville 2020. Unfortunately, our proposal was not accepted as an Invited Session.

ECSS made their decision in April 2019: 'Unfortunately, on this occasion we were not able to accommodate your proposal in the invited/plenary programme at ECSS Seville 2020.' Erich Müller, ECSS President

 

Authors

Stefan Kolimechkov, PhD

Lubomir Petrov, PhD

Albena Alexandrova, PhD

Monèm Jemni, PhD

Contact information with the corresponding author: dr.stefan.kolimechkov@gmail.com

 

How to cite this study?

After the 25th ECSS Anniversary Congress, our study was built upon further and the complete findings were published in the International Journal of Applied Exercise Physiology, Vol.10(1), 2021, so you can cite the article in this journal as follows:

Kolimechkov, S., Petrov, L., & Alexandrova, A. (2021). Artistic Gymnastics Improves Biomarkers Related to Physical Fitness and Health at Primary School Age. International Journal of Applied Exercise Physiology, 10(1), 115-128.

 

ECSS Anniversary Congress 2020