Rome 18th November 2018

New Horizons for Strength & Conditioning science​

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Congress venue

NH Villa Carpegna – Via Pio IV, 6 Roma

Confirmed Speakers

  • Pedro E. Alcaraz (SPA)
    Full Professor in Strength Training, Faculty of Sport Sciences. Head of UCAM Research Center for High Performance Sport. Universidad Católica de Murcia (SPA)
  • Daniel D. Cohen (COL/UK)
    Sport Scientist, Universitad de Santader/Coldeportes, (COL/UK)
  • Robert Csapo (AUS)
    MSc and PhD in Sport Sciences at University of Vienna (Austria). Postdoctoral positions at Medical University of Vienna (Austria), University of California San Diego (USA) and University of Innsbruck (Austria). Senior Scientist at University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology in Hall (Austria)
  • Paulo Gentil (BRA)
    Doctor of Health Sciences, Master in Physical Education, Postgraduate in Bodybuilding, Post-graduate in Exercise Physiology. Graduated in Physical Education. Professor at the Federal University of Goiás High Level Athletic Strength Coach President of GEASE (Group of Advanced Studies in Health and Exercise)
  • Mladen Jovanović, MSc (SRB)
    S&C Coach, Sport Scientist, PhD Student
    AthleteSR Research & Development Director, Co-Owner
  • James Fisher (UK)
    Dr. Fisher is a Researcher and Senior Lecturer in Sports Conditioning and Fitness in the School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences at Southampton Solent University, in the UK.
    Dr. Fisher completed his Ph.D from Nottingham Trent University with the abbreviated title of “The scientific application of Resistance Training”. He is also a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.
  • Julio Calleja (SPA)
    Bsc in Human Movement Sciences at Basque University (Spain). Degree in Human Sports Movs (Wales). Ph.D. in Sport physiology (Spain). Master Degree in High Performance Sport (Spanish Olympic Comitte). Master in research in Sports Sciences. Post doc at: Brunnel University (U.K), Faculty of Kinesiology (Croatia), Catholican University in Melbourne (Australia) and Rush University Medical Center in Chicago (USA). Calleja is also national coach in basketball, athletics and swimming
  • Antonio Paoli (ITA)
    Professor and Chair of Exercise and Sport Sciences Head, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology Laboratory  Department of Biomedical Sciences  School of Medicine Rector’s Delegate for Sport and Wellness University of Padova (ITA), President of the Italian Society of Movement Sciences (SISMES)
  • Truls Raastad (NOR)
    Professor at the Department of Physical Performance, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences – Oslo (Norway)
  • Martino Franchi, MRes, PhD (SUI)
    Research Fellow University of Zurich, Swiss Olympic Medical Center, Secretary of Networking Department SCS

Tentative Programme


Welcome and opening remarks


New horizons for the strength and conditioning coaches in team sports
Pedro E. Alcaraz, PhD (SPA)


Resistance training with single vs. multi-joint exercises at equal total load volume: Effects on body composition, cardiorespiratory fitness and muscle strength
Antonio Paoli, PhD (ITA)


E- Poster presentation (1st part)


Is it time to rethink how to train for muscle hypotrophy?
Paulo Gentil, PhD (BRA)


Sprint ability in basketball
Julio Calleja, PhD (SPA)


Prescribing HIIT for running-based sports
Mladen Jovanović, MSc (SRB)


Lunch break


Intramuscular connective tissue – an overlooked determinant of muscle function?
Robert Csapo, PhD (AUT)


Strength and power evaluation in an elite setting: what to measure?
Daniel D. Cohen, PhD (COL/UK).


Heavy- and light-load resistance training; acute responses which might impact chronic adaptations
James Fisher, PhD (UK)


E- Poster presentation (2nd part)


Blood flow-restricted exercise: a good alternative to traditional heavy-load strength training for muscle hypertrophy and increased strength?
Truls Raastad, PhD (NOR)


Muscular adaptations to different modalities of eccentric exercise: not all roads lead to Rome (unfortunately)
Martino Franchi, MRes, PhD (SUI)


Q&A & Conference Closing

Poster Session

Within the scientific program of the conference attendees might submit their abstract for poster presentations to be held during the conference poster session.
The deadline for submission of communications will be October 31th, 2018
The acceptance of scientific contribution will be notified within the November 5th, 2018

Registrations fees and categories​

2019 SCS Membership Included with the Registration
(Vat Incl.) Early Registration before 30/09 Registration after 30/09
€ 120,00
€ 140,00
Affiliated Program
€ 100,00
€ 112,00
€ 50,00
€ 60,00
SCS-ESNS Events Combined
€ 220,00
€ 260,00

*Must be currently enrolled at the time of registration in a first, second or Phd level university program

Cancellation policy

For written cancellations received before 30th September 2018 the cancellation fee is 50%. Thereafter no refund will be paid on the registration fees.

Registration fees include

  • Admission to the session
  • Congress material (congress bag, final Programme)
  • Coffee Break
  • Free SCS 2019 Membership
  • Attendance Certificate



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Travel info

The capital city of Italy is easily accessible from all around the world. It has two international airport, which are smoothly connected to the city centre with train service, public bus and taxi.

Rome is easily accessible from all around the world. Rome hosts two international airports: Roma Fiumicino handles over 50 million passengers a year and offers many services onsite and Roma Ciampino Pastine offers international connections and low cost carriers.

Roma Fiumicino 
The biggest airport in Italy is well connected with both European and international destinations.
It will take you approximately 40/50 minutes to reach the centre of Rome from the airport by bus or car and 25 minutes by train to the central rail station of Termini with the Leonardo Train.

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Roma Ciampino
The second Rome airport is well connected with the city.
It will take you approximately 25/30 minutes to reach the Conference Venue of Rome from the airport by bus or car.

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Yes, it is also possible reach Rome by train from all around Italy and Europe.

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You are also able to reach Rome by car.
Free parking available at the conference venue.

The congress venue is located just outside the historic heart of the City just 2 km from the Vatican therefore, it is easily accessible via public transport network within the city with direct connection to other neighborhoods as Trastevere and other monuments. The hotel is 10 minutes from St Peter’s Square. And it’s a 15-minute walk to the metro station, putting all the sights within easy reach

  • 5-minute walk from the bus stop
  • 15-minute walk from the metro

ATAC (tram and busses)
The closest stations are LEONE XIII/PIO XI lines 31-33-180F-799-66. For info and ticket prices see here

closet metro station to the Conference venue is BALDO DEGLI UBALDI – Metro Line A. For info and ticket prices see here

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Visiting Rome (Tourist Packages)

Rome (Italian: Roma), the Eternal City, is the capital and largest city of Italy and of the Lazio region. It’s the famed city of the Roman Empire, the Seven Hills, La Dolce Vita (the sweet life), the Vatican City and Three Coins in the Fountain. Rome, as a millenium-long center of power, culture (having been the cradle of one of the globe’s greatest civilizations ever) and religion, has exerted a huge influence over the world in its roughly 2800 years of existence. The historic center of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With wonderful palaces, millennium-old churches, grand romantic ruins, opulent monuments, ornate statues and graceful fountains, Rome has an immensely rich historical heritage and cosmopolitan atmosphere, making it one of Europe’s and the world’s most visited, famous, influential and beautiful capitals. Today, Rome has a growing nightlife scene and is also seen as a shopping heaven, being regarded as one of the fashion capitals of the world (some of Italy’s oldest jeweler and clothing establishments were founded in the city). With so many sights and things to do, Rome can truly be classified a “global city”.
The ESNS has negotiated a deal with Tour Operator to provide accommodation and tourist packages for your to take advantage of your stay in Rome to visit the city and its many attraction.
Imperial Rome Starts with the visit of Colossem – The Flavian Amphitheatre, named after the nearby colossal statue of Nero in the guise of Helios, was inaugurated for the first time in 79 AD and then in 80 d.C.; on the occasion of the inauguration of the games lasted around 100 days were killed and 5000 fairs! The history of the Colosseum was then a succession of big shows and temporary disruptions, as a result of earthquakes, or fires that damaged the structure, but also because of the choices of the imperial policy, which sometimes favored, sometimes posed a brake to the shows bloody and violent. Walk through the Roman Forum up to the Capitol, the smallest but the most historically significant of the seven hills, political and religious center of ancient Rome with the Temple of Jupiter. The seven hills, political and religious center of ancient Rome with the Temple of Jupiter. The Piazza del Campidoglio was then designed by Michelangelo, one of the areas most successful during the Renaissance. Rate per minimum 6 persons € 95 The above rate includes: 3 hours visit with private bus; english speaking guide; entrance fee to Colosseum & Palatino (skip the line and headphone included). Pick up and drop off: your hotel in Rome
Vatican Museum & St Peter Basilica Walk through the Tapestry and Geographical Map Galleries, the Candelabra Gallery and the magnificent Raphael Rooms that lead to the fifteenth century Sistine Chapel which holds an invaluable collection of masterpieces like the Michelangelo’s ceiling painting of the “Creation of the World”. Enter the vaste expanse of St.Peter’s square through the Bernini’s colonnades into Christendom’s largest church resting on 800 pillars and littered 44 alters. See the gilded Papal Canopy the PietMichelangelo’s masterpiece in marble. Rate per minimum 6 persons € 120 The above rate includes: 4 hours visit with private bus; english speaking guide; entrance fee to Vatican Museum & St Peter Basilica (skip the line and headphone included). Pick up and drop off: your hotel in Rome
Christian Rome After continue with the visit of the main 3 papal basilicas of Rome: The most important is St. John of Lateran; official the seat of the Pope and the oldest of the Papal Basilicas. The Archbasilica was built on the site of Emperor Constantine Is battle over Maxentius, a victory he ascribed to the fact that he carried a flag with a holy cross into battle. He eventually converted to christianity and donated the land to the Bishop of Rome as the site of the first Catholic Church in the West. Similarly beautiful is the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the oldest of Romes churches dedicated to Mary. At the core of the existing church is the original 5th century structure. Your guide will introduce you to beautiful 5th century mosaics, explaining how early Christians incorporated existing religious styles and iconography to create a more familiar face for a new religion. St. Pauls Outside the Walls is the other Major Basilica of Rome visited on your papal adventure. A familiar name appears here, since it was founded by Emperor Constantine I, reportedly on the remains of St. Paul. This is the least-visited of the three Basilicas only because its a little more awkward to reach. You ‘ll be glad of that fact when you visit with plenty of space to explore some of the most beautiful mosaics on this tour and the beautiful and peaceful cloisters. Rate per minimum 6 persons € 80 The above rate includes: 3 hours visit with private bus; english speaking guide; Pick up and drop off: your hotel in Rome

Baroque Rome – Main squares 

The walk moves from the wonderful Piazza Navona, a real “living room” of the seventeenth-century Rome, the heir of the ancient stadium of Domitian and dominated by the Fountain of the Four Rivers, masterpiece of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. We will then go through the complex of S. Ivo alla Sapienza with the beautiful facade and the bell tower of the church by Borromini, at the time of the Church of St. Louis of France, to admire the masterpieces of Caravaggio; here, through the Pantheon, Piazza di Montecitorio, Piazza Colonna is dominated by the austere fade of the Palazzo Chigi, cross the course and will finish at the Trevi Fountain, the monumental exhibition of the ancient aqueduct Virgin, built by Agrippa in 19 BC.

Rate per minimum 6 persons € 80
The above rate includes: 3 hours visit with private bus; english speaking guide;
Pick up and drop off: your hotel in Rome