Symposium: Physiology and Biomechanics of Sports Performance



12. september


11. september 2018


NIH, auditorium Utsikt




Free, but please use the registration form.


The department of physical performance is organizing a special symposium on physiological and biomechanical aspects of sports performance. The department has a long tradition in both scientific areas and we would like to highlight some of our work in terrestrial locomotion, swimming and team sports research and also highlight nutritional aspect the optimize endurance and strength performances. We are fortunate to be able to count on contributions of internationally renowned experts in these field.


08:45 - 09:00 Welcome and registration
09:00 - 09:15 Introduction, Klavs Madsen, Head of Dept. of Physical Performance, NIH
09:15 – 9:45 Historical perspectives of biological research at NIH. Professor Jostein Hallén, Dept. of Physical Performance, NIH. 

Terrestrial locomotion

09:45 - 10:30 Energy balance of running: did we consider all determinants?
Professor Alberto E. Minetti, Dept. of Pathophysiology and Transplantation, University of Milano
Chair: Professor Carlo Capelli, Dept. of Physical Performace, NIH

10:30 - 10:45 Coffee break

Nutrition for optimizing performance

10:45 – 11:30 The importance of protein for endurance athletes.
Associate professor, Mette Hansen, Dept. of Public Health, Aarhus University, DK
Chair: Klavs Madsen, Dept. of Physical Performance, NIH

11:30 - 12:00 Nutritional interventions optimizing muscular
adaptations to strength training. Professor Truls Raastad, Dept. of Physical Performance, NIH. 

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch

Performance determinants and analysis in aquatic locomotion and team sports

13:30 - 14:15 Energetics and biomechanics in swimming – what´s next? Professor David R. Pendergast, The State University of New York, USA
Chair: Professor Jan Cabri, NIH

14:15 - 14:45 Swimming research into the next decade. Assoc. Professor Bjørn Harald Olstad, NIH

14:45 – 15:15 Coffee break

15:15 – 16:00 Football research from muscle to man – boosting
performance and improving public health. Professor Peter Krustrup, University of Southern Denmark
Chair: Assoc. Professor Matt Spencer, NIH

16:00 – 16:30 Team handball: Physical demands in match play and training.
Live S. Luteberget, NIH

16:30 – 17:00 Closing by Professor Carlo Capelli, Dept. of Physical Performance, NIH


Professor David R Pendergast, SUNY at Buffalo, USA

Dr. Pendergast obtained his PhD at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, USA in 1973. From 1973 to 1988 he has been appointed assistant professor at SUNY and, from 1988, Professor of Physiology in the same university. In more recent times, he has been appointed professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and professor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. From 2005 to present he has been the Director of the Center for Research and Education in Special Environments at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Pendergast has spent several periods of work and study in Milano (Italy), Geneva (Switzerland) and Göttingen (Germany) and is the recipient of several scientific awards and grants for research in biomechanics and physiology of swimming and space physiology. He is also responsible of several patents. He is author of more than 151 papers on the biomechanics and physiology of natural and assisted swimming, exercise physiology, thermoregulation, nutrition and performances, cardiovascular and respiration physiology and human adaptation to artificial and natural microgravity.

Professor Peter Krustrup, PhD University of Southern Denmark Honorary Visiting Professor of Exeter University, UK, Shanghai University of Sports, China

Dr. Krustrup obtained his PhD in Exercise Physiology at the department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, University of Copenhagen, in 2004. He is presently professor of Sport and Health Sciences at the department of Sport Science and Clinical Biomechanics of the University of Southern Denmark in Odense. From 2011 to 2013 he has served as Professor of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter (UK). From 2014 to 2016 he was appointed as a Professor of Sport and Health Sciences at the Department of Sport Science and Clinical Biomechanics and Professor of Team Sport and Health (Mso) at the University of Copenhagen.

He has authored 250 original research articles in the areas of muscle physiology, human performance and health effects of sports. At the present, Dr. Krustrup is continuing his work on the fitness and health effects of football and other team sports. He is Chairman of the "Football is Medicine" scientific platform and chairman of the "Football is Medicine 2019" conference to be hold at the University of Southern Denmark. He was chairman of the organizing committee for the World Congress of Science in Football in 2015 and the Copenhagen Consensus Conference 2016 on Children, Youth and Physical Activity. He has received several research dissemination awards.

Associate Professor Mette Hansen, Copenhagen University, Denmark

Dr. Hansen obtained her PhD at Institute of Sports Medicine, Bispebjerg Hospital, Copenhagen University in 2009. After three years as a postdoc, she has been appointed associate professor at the department for Public Health of the Aarhus University in Denmark. She has published more than 50 papers on the effects of nutrients and hormones on muscle plasticity, differentiation and performances. She has been invited to many international qualified congresses of sport sciences as a keynote lecturer and she has won several investigation awards.

Associate Professor Bjørn Harald Olstad Norwegian School of Sport Sciences

Dr. Olstad obtained his PhD at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in 2016 with a thesis on the biomechanics and muscular activation in swimming after having completed his master education in the United States. He was appointed assistant professor at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in 2009 and, in 2016, associate professor.
Dr. Olstad has a 15-year swim coach experience and he has been also a professional, high level swimmer. His scientific interests are focused on muscle coordination and activation in competitive swimming.

Professor Jostein Hallén Norwegian School of Sport Sciences

Dr. Hallén holds a Bachelor in Sport (NIH) and Master in Physiology at the University of Oslo where he also graduated in 1993. He has been head of the department of Physical Performance from 2004 to 2009 and from 2012 to 2018. He has been appointed professor of physiology since then. He was chair of the Norwegian Research Center for Training and Performance from 2008 to 2011. Until 2011, Dr. Hallén was a consultant physiologist at the Olympic Training Center in Oslo. Furthermore, he acts as a section editor of the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport since 2001. He published 75 peer reviewed articles, 3 books and contributed to several book chapters.
Dr. Hallén used to be a middle-distance runner and is nowadays a keen recreational cross-country skier.

Professor Truls Raastad

Dr. Raastad holds a MSc and PhD in exercise physiology (NSSS) and a degree of nutritionist from the University of Oslo. He supervised 12 PhD and over 50 Master students in the area of exercise biology and muscle physiology. He was recently invited as a visiting researcher at the Queensland University of Technology (Australia). Dr. Raastad has published more than 100 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and contributed to 10 book chapters (h-index = 44). He is currently is professor of exercise physiology at the department of physical performance of the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences.

Live S. Luteberget Norwegian School of Sport Sciences

Live holds a Master degree in Sport Sciences of the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences where she will graduate with a specialization in biomechanics shortly. She has been a research assistant at the department of physical performance from 2014 to 2016. She published 6 peer reviewed papers, of which 5 as a first author. She has been an active handball player and a strength and conditioning coach in the Norwegian national team handball league.

Professor Alberto E Minetti, M.D. University of Milano, Italy

Dr. Minetti graduated in Medicine at the School of Medicine of the University of Milano in 1982 and obtained a post-graduate specialization in Biostatistics at the same university. He has worked at the Institute of Advanced Technologies of the Italian Research Council in Milano till 1999. He was appointed Professor of Biomechanics and Physiology of Exercise at the Institute for Biophysical and Clinical Research in Human Movement of the Manchester Metropolitan University Cheshire, UK from 1999 to 2005. Since then, he has been appointed distinguished professor of physiology at the School of Medicine at the University of Milano, Italy.
Dr. Minetti has published more than 150 papers in exercise physiology and biomechanics and he has been invited as a keynote lecturer to many international congresses on biomechanics and physiology. In addition, he has spent several periods of work in Switzerland and in the UK and has participated in several international scientific expeditions.
As witnessed by his scientific production, the broad range of scientific interests of Dr. Minetti includes: physiology and biomechanics of human and animal locomotion, archaeo-physiology and mechanics of exercise, mathematical models and optimization in biomedicine, muscular energetics and mechanics, computer science in medicine, fractal geometry and chaos theory, respiratory physiology, computational fluid dynamics.
Dr. Minetti is also a passionate and skillful jazz player. He masters not only the piano, but also other keyboards, double bass, electric bass, acoustic guitar, soprano saxophone, and flute. He is a keen skier, trial-biker, windsurfer, scuba diver and volleyball player.


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