Thank you so much for positive feedback on the changes I have made with the blog. It is time to get serious about this and make the blog what is was meant to be in the first place.
With that in mind: The 21th Anual Congress of the European College of Sports Science was a great experience!
I was there to gather information to a lengthy article I am going to write about the Norwegian nutrition drink Smartfish. That entailed talking to the founders of the company, seeing them interact with scientists and coaches, talking to the scientists behind the study and discussing limitations and strengths of the study. Also it is so important to gain as much information about the topic you are writing about as possible to put the research results in to perspective and shed light on what it adds to the field. I’ll tell you more about this later, and who knows, this might be something that can help you or your clients. I know I am convinced, and working with research myself, that does not happen easily!
Even though I had to travel and stay away from home, there were huge perks to this job:
1.I got to travel to beautiful Vienna. I had never been there before and I was surprised by how hip and happening parts this city is. The new and modern stands in great contrast to the lavish buildings from Mozart’s era. I definitely want to go back and visit Schonbrunn castle and what is supposed to be the most beautiful zoo in Europe, if not the world. They have pandas, enough said.
2.I went “behind the scenes” with a company that has truly impressed me with their vision, innovation, structure and quality of work. Smartfish are currently being used in a lot of independent studies in a wide range of research fields, and a lot of the reason for this has to do with the quality of the product.
3.I connected with equipment developers and suppliers that may come in handy.
4.I got to meet some of the scientists that I have been following since I started my education and have enormous respect for (meeting Petter Northug jr for the first time I was totally fine, but with these guys I actually felt a bit star struck…I am weird like that).
5.I got access to a crazy amount of presentations and talks. In some of the presentations the studies were excellent, but the presenters were not the strongest in English and sadly that takes something away from the whole presentation. However, it can be quite entertaining. Some of the talks were very just brilliant and inspiring, and these were some of the high lights for me:
Dr. Stuart Philips had a great talk about maximizing nutrition for recovery and return to play, and he also shed light on the important, practical roles of the sports scientists in direct interaction with sports coaches and athletes and how more and more sports teams have sports scientists who also have coaching education on their rosters. Those are some good news!
Also Dr.Martin Lindley had an interesting presentation titled: A fishy story that keeps repeating: Omega-3 derived lipid mediators, do they have a beneficial role for the patient and the performer?
A session of evidence based practice in physiotherapy (or lack there of, due to poor reporting from intervention studies) also caught my attention. Holler, Jørgen Jevne!
I got to hear some of the scientists the muscle-tendon biomechanics branch, whom I have referenced in my own work (Kay, Blazewich and Lichtwark), present their studies or views on muscle-tendon function.
All such good stuff!
6.And last but not least, the people! Janne and Herik Mathisen, founders of Smartfish, have impressed me so much with their work ethics, personalities, product and much more.
William Sharman, British 110 m hurdler is such a cool guy and truly pro athlete in all aspects. Meeting Kevin Tipton Professor at the University of Stirling, one of the top scientists on muscle protein synthesis, was huge for med. Big nerd alert going off here, I know! Kevin is such a down to earth man, easy to talk to and he is literally bubbling over with ideas for new studies. All the guys from University of Stirling were great and I think some of them will add a lot to current knowledge in exercise and nutrition.
loved listening to the views and experiences of Portuguese Sports Nutritionist (In Portugal this is 4 year degree that follows the curriculum of the med students for the first 2 years), Ana Choelo. She also competes in bikini fitness, and with that in mind I found her philosophies and views very reassuring, interessting and a bit different (in a very good way) from some of the Norwegian bikini fitness athletes I know.
So there you have it! It has been an eventful four days that left me wanting more. Hopefully I am able to present my own study at next years ECSS.
Now, I have a lot of writing work on my hands and even more training session. The road to Lathi doesn’t pave it self!