Healthy and Fit for Optimal Performance
4-7 September 2019

Amsterdam, the Netherlands will be hosting the ninth VISTA Conference from 4-7 September 2019. The Conference will take place at the Novotel Amsterdam City Hotel.

The theme of the Conference is "Healthy and Fit for Optimal Performance". The VISTA Conference, hosted by the Amsterdam Institute of Sport Science, is designed to provide a platform for sport scientists and researchers to meet with experts in the field of sport for athletes with impairments to discuss, exchange, and gain advanced knowledge in this area. 

VISTA Objectives

  • To provide a forum for exchange on current information, research and expertise related to Paralympic Sport and the Paralympic Movement.
  • To enhance and promote cross-disciplinary professional interaction among sport scientists, coaches, athletes and sport administrators.

Target audience

The target groups of the Conference include: sports scientists and researchers, classifiers, coaches/trainers, sports administrators and athletes.

Theme and content

VISTA 2019 is organised around the theme: "Healthy and Fit for Optimal Performance". The theme will be discussed in keynote presentations, invited symposia, and free communications. They will cover key issues such as the socio-economic determinants of Paralympic participation and success; evidence-based classification; athlete health and well-being; integrative approaches to the preparation of Paralympic athletes; technology and engineering and athlete and coach education.

The organisers

The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Medical Centers (VUmc and AMC), the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, InHolland University of Applied Sciences, Topsport Amsterdam, Reade rehabilitation center and OLVG hospital take part in the Amsterdam Institute of Sport Science (AISS) and focus within this institute on research on and (scientific and practical) support of regular and adapted sports.

Both at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the VU University Medical Center sport and human movement are studied in depth. The major part of the research of the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences aims to understand and improve sport performance, able-bodied and adapted sport, by studying biomechanical, physiological, perceptual and cognitive processes and factors. Symbiotic research at the VU University Medical Center focuses on optimising health and preventing injury. The scientific quality and practical applicability of the research projects in question are recognised for their vast output in international journals devoted to theoretical and applied aspects of sport research.

At the Center for Adapted Sports Amsterdam (part of AISS) research regarding adapted sports, beginning from sport taking place during rehabilitation through to elite sport is performed. Additionally, scientific support for elite Paralympic athletes is provided. One of the IPC Classification Research and Development Centres is located at Vrije Universiteit, where a project for the development of sport-specific classification for athletes with visual impairments is conducted. Also, in 2015 the APH Institute was accredited as an IOC Research Center for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health. The Amsterdam and InHolland Universities of Applied Sciences are project leaders of an EU funded project (Sports Empowering Disabled Youth) focusing on the promotion of sports for children with disabilities.

To organise VISTA 2019, AISS has teamed up with colleagues from the National Olympic and Paralympic Committee of the Netherlands (NOC*NSF), the Sports Engineering Institute, Delft University of Technology, the Hague University of Applied Sciences, and the University Medical Center Groningen. All partners are extensively involved in adapted sports and (applied) research.

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