The World Athletics (WA) hosted an international conference on Tuesday at the Hungarian University of Sports Science, where the most pressing issues of athletics were discussed.
On 22 August, in parallel with the World Athletics Championships and the Coaches' Club, both held in Budapest, the World Athletics (WA) held a science and medicine conference for almost 150 participants at the Hungarian University of Sports Science (HUSS).
The event was attended by a number of international experts. Our university was represented by Dr Eszter Fodor, researcher at the Centre for Sports Life Sciences. She presented her thesis entitled "Dynamic knee valgus during landing - measurement and predictive effect of an on-track measurement system”.
The half-day event was opened by Dr Stéphane Bermon, MD, PhD, Director of the WA Department of Health and Science. In his speech, he underlined that HUSS is an excellent venue for the conference, where the audience can listen to a wide range of high quality presentations on a variety of topics that will contribute to the development of athletics.
Then HUSS Rector Professor Tamás Sterbenz addressed the audience.
"I would like to welcome you all on behalf of the Hungarian University of Sports Science," he began his welcome speech.” I am very pleased that WA has chosen us as a partner. Athletics has always had a special role in the almost 100-year history of the university. A number of successful international athletics coaches have graduated from HUSS. It is a pleasure to host several events in parallel with the World Championships, including this scientific conference, the Coaches' Club and the symposium. In addition, the new sports complex of the institution is one of the official training centres of the World Championships, in addition, our university is playing a major role in running the World Championships’ Volunteer Programme. On behalf of HUSS, which is the stronghold of the Hungarian sports science, I ask everyone to work together for the development of athletics.”
At the end of the opening programme, Professor Miklós Tóth, Head of the Department of Health Sciences and Sports Medicine welcomed the guests.
"Today, we can listen to reports on interesting observations that are relevant not only for scientists and sport professionals, but also for the general public. The best medicine for inactivity is regular exercise, which acts like a medicine for the body. We must keep science, ethics, sport and fair play in mind at each and every sports science conference," he said adding that Hungary does not consist of only Budapest, but also the countryside. He also asked the audience to return to Hungary if possible.
The plenary session included lectures on cardiology and athletics, EBM diagnosis and management of acute muscle injuries, and new insights into heat stroke and acclimatization as well as performance, innovation and athletics.
The short communications section titled “How do I treat or prevent” featured exciting presentations by Japanese, US, Kenyan and Spanish professionals.
This is the detailed programme of the event in English.
As known, HUSS has undertaken to train the volunteer coordinators of the Budapest 2023 IAAF World Athletics Championships, the university's Csörsz Street facility will be one of the training venues for the World Championships during the event.
Last but not least, professional coaches from the world of athletics are to gather around for the Coaches' Club's daily events at the university campus every afternoon from 2.30 pm until 4.30 pm. Within the frame of the Coaches' Club, a two-day symposium will also be held on morning of 21 and 22 August.
Photo by Attila Nemes