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Sport & Performance Congress 2019: Technogym at the forefront of new trends and researches in Strength Training

What’s new in Strength Training? This is the question to be discussed during the next Sport & Performance Congress, which will take place on March 2, 2019 at Technogym’s Wellness Village in Cesena.

Strength is one of the three main determinants of sports performance, but it encompasses also every aspect of everyday life, from moving our body as we walk to lifting any kind of object. Therefore, enhancing physical strength corresponds to a direct improvement of athletic performance in every kind of sport.

Thus, the question is not if to do Strength Training sessions at all, but how. Like many other forms of training, Strength Training needs to be specifically tailored to suit the need of each athlete, in order to be efficient and aimed at specific movements.

Once sparsely used in sports training, Strength Training is today at the forefront of technological and scientific research and development.

In occasion of the Sport & Performance Congress 2019, Technogym will host a panel of high profile academics, trainers and athletes, to showcase the state of the art of modern Strength Training. The event, following the success of the previous year, will host presentations where novel training methods, new scientific theories and cutting edge equipment in the field of Strength Training will be analysed and discussed.

Following the theoretical presentations, both guest and speakers will attend to a final workshop, where specific exercises on the latest Technogym strength equipment will be performed. Members of the panel will include, in order of speech, Professor Urs Granacher, Doctor Joseph Esformes, Professor Andrea Biscarini, Doctor Cameron Nichol and Doctor Francesco Cuzzolin.

Before the beginning of the event, let’s find out more about the speakers, the key points of their interventions during the Sports & Performance Congress and their opinion on how Strength Training affects the different parameters of sports performance.


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Strength Training in children and adolescents

Experience and areas of expertise
Professor Urs Granacher
Dr. Urs Granacher is a full professor and head of the Division of Training and Movement Sciences at the University of Potsdam, Germany. His research priorities fall in the fields of strength and conditioning with a specific focus on Strength Training in young athletes.  Dr. Granacher is currently the principal investigator of an interdisciplinary research project on “Strength Training in Young Athletes” funded by the German Federal Institute of Sport Science.

Additional key components of his research constitute the development of targeted interventions to enhance measures of balance and muscular fitness, to improve motor performance, and to reduce injuries in different sport disciplines.

Key points of his speech
In his speech, named “Strength Training in children and adolescents”, Dr. Granacher will outline the evolution of Strength Training in children and adolescent, from the initial bias surrounding the field in the 1970s and 1980s, to the growth in scientific publications following the 1980s.
Strength training in children and adolescents is on the rise
Thus, the aims of his presentation will be to provide to the audience of the congress empirical evidence on debunking outdated myths surrounding resistance training in youth, proving the effectiveness of resistance training in children and adolescents, recommending dose-response relations following Strength Training in youth according to age and training expertise, and discussing how to implement resistance training during the different stages of physical development.

Strength Training safety on basic weightlifting exercises

Experience and areas of expertise
Doctor Joseph Esformes
Dr Joseph Esformes is Senior Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning and Lecturer for Functional Movement Systems at Cardiff Metropolitan University, delivering courses on the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and corrective exercise. His areas of research delve in the areas of Strength Training, Conditioning and Cardiovascular Physiology.
Key points of his speech
In his presentation Weight lifting: Is it always safe?” he will display principles and a systematic approach that can be used to ensure safe access to different fundamental movements and Strength Training exercises.
Strength training is particularly stimulated by weightlifting
The talk will highlight the importance of having a standard operating procedure that can enable the strength coach or fitness instructor to make better and safer exercise choices.

How technology can change Strength Training

Experience and areas of expertise
Professor Andrea Biscarini
Dr Andrea Biscarini is Professor of Biomechanics in the Department of Experimental Medicine at the University of Perugia. Furthermore, he’s Director of the Laboratory of Sports and Motor Activities at the University of Perugia.

His research activity is mainly focused on the design of innovative exercises and equipment for rehabilitation, fitness and sport. For about 12 years, he has been coordinating research and development activities in the field of biomechanics, within the Medical-Scientific Research Department of Technogym.

Key points of his speech
His intervention “How technology can change Strength Training” will focus on the use of high tech strength machines, which can offer new ways to optimize Strength Training formats.
During the Congress, he will show that in just one machinery it is nowadays possible to not only simulate and schedule different levels of resistance, but to create hybrid resistances, tackling training formats unheard of to this day, at least in the gym, severely cutting down costs to equip professional gyms and provide athletes with a constant flow of data for subsequent analysis.

Strength Training in aerobic sports

Experience and areas of expertise
Doctor Cameron Nichol
Dr. Cameron Nichol is a medical doctor, two-time world silver medallist, former UK Olympic rower, and founder of RowingWOD, a company dedicated to inspire and empower athletes to master rowing, as well as promoting the use of rowers in virtually every sports training workout routine. His areas of interest include High Intensity Interval Training, general Sports Medicine and fitness at large.
Key points of his speech
In his speech, “Why train strength in aerobic sports?” Dr. Nichol will talk about the value of rowing, the rowing stroke and the training principles around the sport, both on and off the water, recounting of his personal experience as an athlete with the Great Britain rowing team and as coach in the world of competitive fitness.
The rowing machine is used in sports training of aerobic and anaerobic disciplines
Analysing potential undervaluation and trends in the fitness industry, he will then outline potential ways to explore Strength Training methods, to improve both the everyday athlete and elite individuals, seeking improved performance at their chosen discipline.

Strength Training in team sports

Experience and areas of expertise
Doctor Francesco Cuzzolin
Dr. Francesco Cuzzolin is the Director of Research and Innovation within the Technogym Scientific Department. First European to become Head Strength and Conditioning Coach in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors, during his career he has also coached the Italian and Russian national basketball teams, as well as two of the most successful teams in the European basketball scene, Benetton Treviso and Virtus Bologna. He is also president of EPCA (European Physical Conditioning Association) and vice-president of APFIP (Association of Italian Basketball Physical Trainers).

His main areas of interests are Sports Medicine and physical conditioning, with Rehabilitation and Sport Injury Prevention as his major focuses.

Key points of his speech
In his congress presentation, named “Strength Training in team sports” Dr. Cuzzolin will analyse different currents of thought surrounding the subject, proposing a training method that considers not only quantitative aspects, but also those related to the different sports’ requirements. He will then discuss the merits of this method, sharing its logic with the trainers and making them more aware of its uses.

Sport and Performance Congress 2019: the importance of strength training in sports performance

The Sport & Performance Congress 2019 has officially ended. The congress, whose places were quickly sold out, saw a significant attendance of professionists from the world of sport, sports training and rehabilitation and from medicine and sports research, eager to deepen their knowledge on the theme of strength training for the growth of sports performance.

The round table meeting for this event, chaired by Dr. Silvano Zanuso, Head of Scientific Communication and Research at Technogym, gave space to all the speakers to present their researches and answer multiple questions from the public, before moving on to a practical session at the Technogym Wellness Centre.

During the final stages of the Congress, we asked all the invited speakers one last question about the importance of strength training in sports performance at the end of their speech.

How important is strength to achieve high sports performance compared to other physical and non-physical attributes?

Dr Urs Granacher
According to the composite youth development model of Lloyd and colleagues (2015), muscle strength is the most important physical quality that should be targeted in boys and girls during pre-puberty, puberty, and post-puberty.  Transfer effects from strength training related gains have been reported for other components of physical fitness such as agility, speed, strength endurance, and balance. In addition, there is evidence from a meta-analysis (Lesinski et al. 2016) that complex training is particularly effective in improving sports performance in young athletes.
Dr Joseph Esformes
The greater the ability to generate force under the specific conditions required for a particular movement task, the greater the performance. Therefore, strength training is a fundamental fitness component, which underpins the ability to perform successfully in all athletic endeavors.
Dr Andrea Biscarini
Strength, speed and resistance form extremes of the so-called relationship of biomotor abilities. Different sports require different combinations of these characteristics – i.e. a marathon runner doesn’t need that much strength or speed, whereas stamina is fundamental. Depending the athletes’ performance profile, one can assess how important strength is.
Il profilo performativo dell'atleta è alla base della creazione di un allenamento personalizzato
The profile describes the muscles used, the energetic systems in motion the athlete’s style of play and his main movements. Depending on the athlete and the sport practiced, one can establish what of the three performance variables can be trained and how.

That said, strength is the common denominator of performance, because each movement requires a basic level of strength to be enacted.

Dr Cameron Nichols
In rowing, strength and power both play a key role in the physiological demands of moving quickly. Thus, strength is a fundamental pillar of performance, which must also be utilised in perfect combination with the technical application of that strength. The combination of strength and technique requires thus a very specific strength training routine.
Dr Francesco Cuzzolin
To obtain the best sports performance, the athlete must be prepared, diversifying the importance of training in a physical, technical, tactical and psycho-emotional way. Strength is one of the fundamental physical abilities in many sports and is developed exclusively with a precise administration of load, speed of execution, recovery and type of exercise. The specificity of strength training applications must be the starting point for the methodological choices the trainer will make.

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