For this year´s congress we will count with 6 invited symposia that were assembled under the motto of the congress Moving minds - crossing boundaries in Sport science.
Wednesday 15 September 2021
2.00-3.30pm: Smart Technologies and Wearable Sensors

Organized and chaired by Dr. Anne Koelewijn, University of Erlangen, Germany.

The use of biomechanical data in sports is limited due to the need for expensive sensors and time-consuming data processing to obtain accurate information. Recently, the development of cheap wearable sensors, such as inertial measurement units, as well as novel artificial intelligence methods for biomechanical applications have greatly improved the opportunities of extracting useful biomechanical data "in the wild". In this symposium, we will discuss recent breakthroughs and current challenges for the use of biomechanical data in sports. The symposium will discuss novel methods, using data-based and physics-based models, to process data from wearable sensors, and their benefit to biomechanical analysis in sports. Furthermore, we will discuss further steps required to enable the widespread use of these sensors and, with that, the application of biomechanical data in sports.


1. Valentina Camomilla. University of Rome "Foro Italico": The Five W of Movement Monitoring in Sports
2. Jesse Davis: Machine Learning Approaches for Analyzing Runners Data
3. Peter Federolf: Technique Analysis in Alpine Skiing Based on Principal Movements Calculated from Wearable Sensor Data
4. Eva Dorschky: Machine Learning from Biomechanical Simulations for an "in the Wild" Movement Analysis
5. Jasper Reenalda: Objectifying Changes in Gait Mechanics due to Fatigue using Inertial Sensor Technology and Data Science to Assist Injury Prevention in Running
3.45-5.15pm: From the lab to the field: Applying principles of motor learning to coaching.

Organized and chaired by Prof. Dr. R. Gray, University of Arizona, USA.

We will look at how research on movement variability, anti-fragility, and perceptual-motor control can applied to improve practice design.


1. Rajiv Ranganathan: Behavioral Flexibility and Its Relevance to Skill Acquisition
2. Paula Silva: Decision Making in Navigation Tasks: Role of Temporal Pressure on Perceptual-Motor Performance & Learning
3. Robert Gray: Chasing the Right Kind of Repeatability: The Link Between Practice, Movement & Performance Outcome Variability
Thursday 16 September 2021
2.00-3.30pm: Sports Injuries

Organized and chaired by Prof. Dr. Natalia Balagué, University of Barcelona, Spain.

Sports injuries have relevant medical, economic and performance consequences. This symposium will provide a better understanding of how they occur and how to improve their prevention and treatment on the basis of a complex systems approach.


1. Adam Kieffer:  Precision Phenomics: The Future of Injury Prevention in a Complex World

2. John Kiely: Neurobiological Complexity, Allostasis and the Predictive Brain: Implications for Athletic Rehabilitation and 'Return to Play’

3. Caroline Bolling: How to Unravel the Complexity of Sports Injuries – Asking Who Knows Best

4. Benjamin Stern: Injury Prediction asa Nonlinear System

5. Guillermo Quintas: Metabolomics: Novel Biomarkers To Mitigate Injury Risk In Professional Football Players
3.45-5.15pm: Game Analysis

Organized and chaired by Dr. Maurici Lopez-Felip, University of Connecticut, USA.

The work that will be presented emphasizes on the need to commit to a science that respects the qualitative aspects when quantifying the game of soccer (and any sport at large). Thus, here, we will discuss theory and research findings that have arisen from the application of an ecological physics approach to questions in soccer. This symposia will be expanding the perspective of the sports science community and introducing the audience to new ways of conceptualizing the problems they face in both research and practice.


1. Matt Petersen: “Affordances and coordinated end-directed actions in the rondo drill in soccer”
2. Ferran Vidal Codina: "Mathematical Analysis and Modeling of Dribble Dynamics"
3. Henry Harrison: "Modeling affordances for the analysis of the game"
Friday 17 September 2021
2.00-3.30pm: Complexity in dance research  

Organized and chaired by Prof. Dr. Carlota Torrents, University of Lleida, Spain

People of all ages dance alone, in pairs, or in groups, dancing for relaxation, healing, and competition. Dancing is done according to templates or improvised in an unimaginable number of ways. Although dancing has always had a firm place in all cultures and synchronous dancing possibly serves to transmit social signals, it has long led an outsider's existence in research. Recently, dancing has received increasing interest from various scientific fields. Under which external conditions, with which intentions and with which methods dance steps and movements are possible for teams, couples or individuals will be worked out and discussed in the workshop. The apparent simplicity of dance will be explored from different perspectives on different levels of complexity.


1. J.A. Scott Kelso: Meaningful synergies of movement
2. Guido Orgs: Synchrony and social signaling in dance performance and dance appreciation
3. Bettina Bläsing: Multisensory perspectives on dance
4. Birgitta Burgers: Influences of Tempo, laterality, and expertise on dance-like movement consistency
5. Carlota Torrents: The Dance Creativity Paradox
3.45-5.15pm: Exercise Physiology

Organized by Dr. Sergí García Retortillo, EUSES University, Spain.

The Exercise Physiology symposium at the 6th International Congress of Complex Systems will include talks addressing the fundamental question of how key physiological systems coordinate, synchronize, and integrate their dynamics during exercise and movement, and how such interactions change in response to exercise.


1. Prof. Natàlia Balagué: Network Physiology of Exercise: Bridging the gap.
2. Dr. Sergey Krivoschekov: Hypoxic and hypercapnic responses and Cardiorespiratory Coordination in endurance athletes and mountaineers.
3. Dr. Andreas Venhorst: Towards a three dimensional dynamical systems framework of perceived fatigability.
4. Prof. Plamen Ch. Ivanov: Dynamic Networks of Physiologic Interactions of Brain Waves and Rhythms in Muscle Activity.

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