7 November 2018 • by Lieke Schiphof Godart
Sports Research Day at Zuiderpark Sports Campus
Would you like to know how to be healthy at the age of 100? During the Sports Research Day, Emeritus professor Michel Poulain will be talking about so-called “Blue Zones” – places on Earth where people live for longer than average. Researchers will be presenting their latest findings on sport and exercise during the Research Day at the Zuiderpark Sports Campus.
“In for Motion” is the watchword of the day. Sport, exercise and a healthy lifestyle are the key themes of the day, ranging from doing sport at local clubs to innovations and Olympic top-flight sporting performance and from exercise trails in children’s nurseries to adapted sports and living healthy until the age of 100. There will also be many opportunities to share ideas during the active lunch or the networking get-together at the end of the day.
Chef de Mission
The day will kick off in the morning with a talk by Eddy de Smedt, the former Director of Elite Sport for the Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee. For many years, De Smedt was the Chef de Mission for the Belgian team during various Olympic games and he knows the world of top-flight sport inside out. He will be telling us about his vision for ‘improved performance’ but he will also be looking at how social and cultural differences can influence organised sport and sporting performance.
There will then be eight parallel sessions in the morning. The parallel sessions will consider, among other things, the value of sport for the economy and society, different target groups and inclusion in exercise practice, physical education, top-flight sport and technology and innovation. In the afternoon, participants will be able to choose one of the eight mini symposiums, which cover topics such as measuring exercise performance in practice, sporting clubs in the Netherlands and applying for subsidies for practice-based sports research.
Emeritus professor Michel Poulain from KU Leuven will round off the day with a talk on so-called Blue Zones – places on earth where a higher than average number of people live to 100 or older. Poulain is a demographer and he will be sharing his findings with us about what makes people live long and healthy lives. He will also be talking about the role of exercise in retaining vitality at an older age.