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

Activity no.: 5495-20-06-31There are no available seats 
Enrollment deadline: 19/04/2022
PlaceDepartment of Nutrition Exercise and Sports
Date and time27.06.2022, at: 09:00 - 01.07.2022, at: 16:00
Regular seats69
ECTS credits4.50
Contact personKate Aiko Wickham    E-mail address: kawi@nexs.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserKate Aiko Wickham    E-mail address: kawi@nexs.ku.dk
Written languageEnglish
Teaching languageEnglish
Exam formCourse participation ; Writting assignment
Exam formOral presentation of an essay/assignment
Exam detailsAssessment is based on attendance, experimental assignments, and a poster presentation
Course workload
Course workload categoryHours
Preparation / Self-Study40.00
Course hours60.00
Evaluation / reporting5.00


Aim and content
To celebrate the Tour de France Grand Départ taking place in Copenhagen this year, this PhD course will be held in conjunction with a 3-day symposium featuring key speakers in the field. The PhD course will run for 5 days from Monday, June 27th until Friday, July 1st, where the 3-day symposium will take place from Tuesday, June 28 to Thursday, June 30. On Monday, June 27 and Friday, July 1 participants will attend lectures and research-based modules.

The 5-day course aims at providing participants with state-of-the-art knowledge on physiological aspects relevant for performance in elite sports. Central themes include training strategies and practices as well as nutritional requirements and interventions (supplements and ergogenic aids) to optimize performance in various sports. Participants are introduced to advanced research methods to study muscular and cardiovascular adaptations to training with specific emphasis on performance.

This unique course utilizes a variety of teaching activities to facilitate networking among participants, including the opportunity for the participants to present their data and engage in scientific discussions with international experts in exercise physiology and sports science. Please note, participants will be required to submit an abstract and bring a printed poster to present during the symposium.

The course covers 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. Pathologies and injuries impacting top-class athletes

Learning outcome
Participants will gain detailed evidence-based knowledge on physiological aspects relevant for performance in elite sports (i.e. specific insights 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 by email to all course participants prior to the start of the course.

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.

Course responsible, Associate Professor Morten Hostrup, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Professor Michael Joyner, Mayo Clinic, USA
Professor Jens Bangsbo, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Professor Ylva Hellsten, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Professor Lawrence Spriet, University of Guelph, Canada
Professor José Calbet, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Professor Jørgen Jensen, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway
Professor David Bishop, Victoria University, Australia
Consultant Respiratory Physician James Hull, Royal Brompton Hospital, United Kingdom
Professor Lars Nybo, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Professor Niels Ørtenblad, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Professor Yannis Pitsiladis, University of Brighton, United Kingdom
Professor Michael Kjær, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Associate Professor Mette Hansen, Aarhus University, Denmark
Associate Professor Atul Deshmukh, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Associate Professor Lasse Gliemann, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Associate Professor Joachim Nielsen, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Clinical Associate Professor Hanne Rasmusen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Assistant Professor Anna Melin, Linnaeus University, Sweden
Doping Control Laboratory Director Yvette Dehnes, Oslo University Hospital, Norway
Senior Science Manager Jakob Mørkeberg, Anti-Doping Denmark, Denmark

Registration via application (if seats available):
To apply for participation in this PhD Course, please:
1) Click “Apply” and fill in the requested data (final deadline: 1 June 2022)
2) The course responsible will review your application. Successful applicants will be notified about final enrollment.

Acceptance to the PhD Course
Applicants will be informed of their acceptance to the course by (date to be announced).

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

This PhD course is supported by the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen and the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

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