Porto 12th-13th November 2021

Strength and Conditioning for Human Performance

Dear colleagues and students,

On behalf of the Strength and Conditioning Society and the Oporto University, we would like to extend a warm welcome to join us at the SCS 4th Annual Conference on Strength and Conditioning for Human Performance in Porto 12th to 13th November. The conference will take place right in the heart the Porto University Faculty of Sport Sciences, surrounded by all the modernity and efficiency that this unforgettable region has to offer.
We are confident that you will find the dynamic and up to date scientific programme, delivered by some of the leading exponents and thinkers in training, rehabilitation and performance, enjoyable and stimulating. Our main goal is to bring together the excellence of each field of research and study and we aim to provide every opportunity for delegates to learn from and contribute to the latest developments in strength and conditioning science in a stimulating social and professional setting.

Due to current limitation there are only 100 seats available for attending participants on site but we have already planned the possibility for you to join the conference virtually if you were unable to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Congress venue

Porto University, Faculty of Sport
R. Dr. Plácido da Costa 91, 4200-450 Porto, Portugal
+351 22 04 25 200



Registration fees and categories (VAT included)

 1st Set
50 tickets
2nd Set
50 tickets
Standard€ 220,00€ 250,00
Student€ 120,00€ 150,00
SCS Member€ 150,00€ 180,00
SCS Member and Student€ 100,00€ 130,00
SCS Affiliated society/association€ 200,00€ 225,00
 Registration FeeLive SessionRecordings
Standard€ 120,00YesYes
Student€ 60,00YesYes
SCS Member€ 80,00YesYes
Recording Only€ 75,00NoYes


1st Set – 50 tickets: € 220,00
2nd Set – 50 tickets: € 250,00

1st Set – 50 tickets: € 120,00
2nd Set – 50 tickets: € 150,00

SCS Member
1st Set – 50 tickets: € 150,00
2nd Set – 50 tickets: € 180,00

SCS Member and Student
1st Set – 50 tickets: € 100,00
2nd Set – 50 tickets: € 130,00


Registration Fee: € 120,00
Live Session: Yes
Recordings: Yes

Registration Fee: € 60,00
Live Session: Yes
Recordings: Yes

SCS Member
Registration Fee: € 90,00
Live Session: Yes
Recordings: Yes

Recording Only
Registration Fee: € 75,00
Live Session: No
Recordings: Yes

Congress Programme

Friday 12th November

12:00 – 14:00

Sponsors stands placement (Main hall / Volleyball room)

14:00 – 15:15

Registration and Posters allocation (Volleyball room)

15:15 – 15:30

Opening ceremony

15:30 – 16:15

Opening Session: Ian Jeffreys (UK) (Auditorium)

16:15 – 16:30


16:30 – 17:30

Workshops (Sports and Laboratory Facilities)

17:30 – 18:15

Plenary Session: Line Hovgaard-Hansen (DEN) (Auditorium)

18:15 – 19:00

Round Table (Auditorium): New trends on S&C for performance
(Chair: Jaime Sampaio, Participants: Ian Jeffreys, Live Hovgaard-Hansen and Sandro Freitas)

19:00 – 19:30

Port of Honour (Main Hall or Volleyball room)

Saturday 13th November

09:00 – 09:45

Invited Session: Hélder Fonseca (POR) (Auditorium)

10:00 – 10:45

Invited Session: Sandro Freitas (POR) (Auditorium)

10:45 – 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 – 12:00

Invited Session: Amelia Guadalupe (Auditorium)

12:15 – 13:00

Round Table (Auditorium): Strength & Condition for Health
(Chair: Daniel Gonçalves, Participants: Hélder Fonseca, Jim Richards, Amelia Guadalupe)

13:00 – 15:30

Lunch break

15:30 – 16:30

Poster Session (5 Finalists – Volleyball room)

16:45 – 17:45

Workshops (Sports and Laboratory Facilities)

17:45 – 18:00

Coffee break

18:00 – 18:45

Invited Session: Jim Richards (Auditorium)

18:45 – 19:15

Award Ceremony sponsored by Technogym (Auditorium)
Strength and Conditioning Society Young Investigator Award
Strength and Conditioning Society Applied Science Award
Infographic of the Year Award

19:15 – 19:30

Closing Remarks (Auditorium)


The SCS PORTO 2021 Scientific Committee is welcoming an OPEN CALL for ABSTRACT for researcher, students, investigators or practitioners who would like to be part of the conference with their studies and research.
Submission Deadline: 15th October
Abstract submission is exclusive for on-site participation. There is a limit of two abstracts per registration. Online attendees cannot submit abstracts.
All abstracts will be included in the Annual Conference Official Book of Abstracts and published in Sports.


  •  SCS_Biomechanics and motion analysis
  • SCS_Exercise physiology
  • SCS_Injury prevention and return to play
  • SCS_Neuromuscolar basis of strength and fitness
  • SCS_Resistance training and fitness
  • SCS_Strength, power and speed training
  • SCS_Strenth and conditioning in Team Sports

Abstract submission guidelines (download pdf)

  • Language: ENGLISH.
  • Length: max 3000 characters – spaces and symbols included. Abstracts NOT complying with this requirement will NOT BE taken into consideration.
  • The abstract text must NOT include the title, authors or affiliation (the latter information will be filled out during the online submission process).
  • It is allowed only submission for no more than 2 abstract for presenting/submitting author
  • Abstract must be submitted as text only (no tabs, images or graphics allowed).

How to proceed:

  • Read carefully the requirements and conference topics.
  • Download the guidelines
  • Click on the link and Insert your abstract text, as required.
  • Fill-out the submission form with your information, as well as including those of the co-authors. You will need to identify who will be the “presenting author”, which will be underlined in the program.
  • Select one of the proposed topic areas.
  • Select type of presentation (poster).
    • The best abstracts based on scientific merit may be selected to give a brief presentation (3 min) during the poster session.
    • Select if you would like your abstract to be evaluated for one of the Awards (SCS Young Investigator, SCS Applied Science Award). See below for more detail.
    • Upload your abstract in the selected field and finalize the procedure.
    • After submission you will receive a confirmation email with username and password that you may use to review your submission, as well as to modify it within the deadline. Once the deadline has passed, abstracts can no longer be modified by the authors.
      • Once your abstract is evaluated, you will receive confirmation by email.
      • To be granted access to the Conference and the Abstract Publication in the, you will need to finalize your registration by October 15th.


SCS Young Investigator Award Requirements

  • Presenter and submitter must be the same person and less than 30 years of age.
  • The candidate must apply for an oral communication.
  • Candidates will be evaluated on creativity, effort, attention to scientific detail and presentation skills. The award committee will take into consideration the similarity between the submitted abstract and the poster presentation.

SCS Applied Science Award Requirements:

  • Candidates will be evaluated on creativity, effort, and applicability to sport, coaches or athletes. The award committee will take into consideration the similarity between the submitted abstract and the poster presentation.

The winners will be presented during the Award Ceremony.

Enquiries can be sent to scs@akesios.it.


Main Hall


Volleyball Room

Open Gym

Exercise Room

Multi-sport Hall

Swimming Pool


2nd Auditorium


Due to current limitation there are only 100 seats available for attending participants on site. Only paid registration will be considered confirmed. If you were unable to attend on site there is also the possibility to join the conference virtually or buy the conference recordings as well.

Registration fee includes:

  • Access to the scientific plenary sessions
  • Coffee breaks
  • Programme
  • Attending Certification

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation made before September 15th will be fully reimbursed.

Please check out the latest update on Portugal’s health and sanitary requirements to access the country for EU and Extra-EU citizens.

Chairpersons and Committees


J. Paulo Vilas-Boas (POR)

José Oliveira (POR)

Pedro E. Alcaraz (ESP)

Honorary Commission

Portuguese Minister of Education

Rector of the University of Porto

Director of the Faculty of Sport, UPorto

President of the Olympic Committee of Portugal

President of the Instituto Português do Desporto e Juventude (IPDJ, i.p.)

Rosa Mota (Olympic Gold Medalist)

Local Organising Commitee

Rui Corredeira

Ricardo Fernandes

Pedro Fonseca

Sara Henriques

Otília Pereira

Nuno Reis

Paula Santos

Hugo Silva

Susana Soares

Filipa Sousa

Scientific Committee

Anthony J. Blazevich (AUS)

Amelia Guadalupe-Grau (ESP)

Pedro E. Alcaraz (ESP)

Luis M. Alegre (ESP)

Eduardo L. Cadore (BRA)

Julio Calleja-González (ESP)

Paulo Colaço (POR)

Filipe Conceição (POR)

Francisco Cuenca-Fernández (ESP)

Anne Delextrat (UK)

Ricardo Fernandes (POR)

Hélder Fonseca (POR)

Tomás T. Freitas (POR)

Júlio Garganta (POR)

Márcio Goethel (POR)

Antonio Gómez (ESP)

Thue Kvorning (DEN)

Leandro Machado (POR)

Elena Marín-Cascales (ESP)

José Oliveira (POR)

J. Paulo Vilas-Boas (POR)

Ignacio Ara (ESP)

David G. Behm (CAN)

Linda H. Chung (CAN)

Robert Csapo (AUT)

Cristian Marín-Pagán (ESP)

Hugo Olmedillas (ESP)

Antonio Paoli (ITA)

German Vicente-Rodriguez (ESP)

Plenary and Invited Speakers

Ian Jeffreys (UK)

  • Speed and Agility Training.

Line Hovgaard‑Hansen (DEN)

  • Training and testing for speed, strength and power.

Hélder Fonseca (POR)

  • Adaptive mechanisms to resistance training: Crosstalk between muscle, bone and fat tissues.

Sandro Freitas (POR)

  • Hamstring Strain Injuries (HSI): Semitendinosus and biceps femoris (Lh) responses in professional footballers with vs. without previous HSI.

Jim Richards (UK)

  • The Biomechanics of Sports Injuries and Prevention Strategies.

Amelia Guadalupe (ESP)

  • HIIT in chronic conditions. From science to practice


Workshops are to be organised at different sports and laboratory facilities of the Faculty, each of 60-min duration and with a hand-on perspective on training, assessment and research topics.

Friday, 12th; 17:15 – 18:15:

Exercise Room:


Open gym:

SPONSOR HSIPrevent – Frances Cos (S&C Manchester City FC)

Multi-sport hall:

Velocity-based training and force assessment

Swimming pool:

3D kinematics tracking in dual media: air and water


Bicycle progressive testing: muscle fibre recruitment, force production and energy expenditure

Saturday, 13th; 16:30 – 17:30:

Exercise Room:


Open gym:

Multi-sport hall:

Swimming pool:

Flow force assessment in aquatic sports (swimming, surfing and rowing)


EMG decomposition, motor units recruitment and muscle contraction modes

Hotels close to the venue

  • Axis Porto****
    R. Maria Feliciana 100, 4465-104 São Mamede de Infesta
    +351 22 905 2000
  • Eurostars Porto****
    R. Mte. Guilherme Camarinha 212, 4200-537 Porto
    +351 22 507 2090
  • Hotel Portinari**
    R. da Arroteia 68, 4200-095 Porto
    +351 22 551 0410
  • Hotel Ibis São João**
    R. Dr. Plácido da Costa, 4200-450 Porto
    +351 22 551 3100