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Exercise performance and training of the top-class athlete
Provider: Faculty of Science

Activity no.: 5495-20-06-31 
Enrollment deadline: 01/02/2021
PlaceDepartment of Nutrition Exercise and Sports
Date and time14.06.2021, at: 09:00 - 18.06.2021, at: 16:00
Regular seats30
ECTS credits4.50
Contact personMorten Hostrup    E-mail address: mhostrup@nexs.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserJens Bangsbo    E-mail address: jbangsbo@nexs.ku.dk
Written languageEnglish
Teaching languageEnglish
Exam formCourse participation ; Writting assignment
Exam detailsAssessment is based on attendance, experimental assignments, and evaluation.
Course workload
Course workload categoryHours
Preparation / Self-Study40.00
Course hours60.00
Evaluation / reporting5.00



The PhD course is postponed. Course participants are informed. Information about new dates will be updated when possible.

Aim and content
The aim of the 5-day PhD course is to provide the participants with state-of-the-art knowledge on physiological aspects of relevance for performance in elite sports. Central themes include training strategies and practices as well as nutritional requirements and interventions (supplements) to optimize performance in various sports. The participants will be introduced to advanced research methods to study muscular and cardiovascular adaptations to training with specific emphasis on their importance for performance. One day will be allocated to visit at the Danish Elite Sport organization (Team Denmark) to observe testing and training of elite athletes.

The course will utilize various teaching activities to facilitate networking among the participants, including the opportunity for the participants to present their own data and engage in scientific discussion with international experts in exercise physiology/sports science.

The program will cover the following topics:
1. Performance of the top-class athlete
2. Training of the female and male athlete
3. Muscular and cardiovascular adaptations underlying performance-enhancing effects of training
4. Nutritional strategies to optimize the effect of training and performance
5. Use of ergogenic aids to increase performance of the top-athlete
6. Planning of training and testing of the top-athlete

Learning outcome
The participant will achieve detailed evidence-based knowledge on physiological aspects of relevance for performance in elite sports, i.e. specific insight into training strategies/practices in various sports and nutritional strategies of importance for performance optimization and adaptations in different environmental settings.

A list of relevant literature will be provided to all course participants in due time.

Target group
PhD students working within the field of exercise and integrative physiology as well as sports science.

Teaching and learning methods
The course combines various research-based learning methods to facilitate learning outcomes, including experimental assignments and peer-feedback.

Professor Andrew Jones, University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom

Professor Jørgen Jensen, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway

Professor Jens Bangsbo, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Professor Ylva Hellsten, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Professor Niels Ørtenblad, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Associate Professor Mette Hansen, Aarhus University, Denmark

Associate Professor Morten Hostrup, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Associate Professor Atul Deshmukh, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Assistant Professor Anna Melin, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden

Postdoc Matteo Fiorenza, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Dr. Peter Møller Christensen, Team Denmark, Denmark


Registration via application:
To apply for participation in this PhD course, please:
1) Click "Apply" and fill in the requested data (final deadline: 1 February 2021).
2) You will recieve a short questionnaire by e-mail, which you are asked to respond to (final deadline 7 February 2021).
3) The course responsible will review your application. Succesfull applicants will be notified about final enrollment by 15 February 2021.

Acceptance to PhD course:
Applicants will be informed of their acceptance to the course by 15 February 2021.

Waiting list:
If the course is oversubscribed, it is possible to be assigned to a waiting list.

Course fee:
There is no course fee.

Other expenses:
Participants have to pay for their own food and drinks. Food/drinks for lunch and coffee breaks during the course will be organised by the course responsible (500 DKK per person, which will be requested from participants closer to the course).
Participants have to arrange and pay for their own travel and accommodation.

This PhD course is supported by the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen.

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