Dear colleagues and friends,

About 10 years ago, a dear colleague from the University of Berlin, Professor Diamantis Arabatzis, Thracian by origin and friend of SPESS-DUTH, had said during a conference, a phrase that made me a great impression: “Sport Science is attractive”! I asked him then: “In Greece too?”

Today, a decade later, the medical world on the country is seriously discussing the prescription of exercise as a “drug” of prevention and health rehabilitation, in line with the international initiative “Exercise is Medicine”. The steps to be taken are many, crucial and difficult until the prescription is incorporated into the insurance system and the “prescription” will be implemented by a Sport scientist.

Just because Sport Science is attractive, prescription fiancées will try to reclaim the obvious right for Sport scientists to carry out the prescribed exercise. This attractiveness has created a lot of problems for our graduates when they get into the labor market, which are time-consuming and have not yet been vigorously dealt with.

“Personal trainers” without university education, self-proclaimed “coaches” who “train” with our graduates ’degree, questioning of the coaching competence of sports specializations of our Departments from the Sports Federations, are some of the problems that call for immediate resolution. For all the above reasons, it is necessary to engage all and strong scientific shielding of Sports’ Departments graduates. The Department’s of PE & Sp Sc of the Democritus University policy is based on the one hand on a new undergraduate program, on the other hand on new advanced postgraduate programs. Additionally, the 27th International Congress of Physical Education and Sport Science will play a great role, offering qualitative opportunities for training in topical areas of the Sport Science, for graduates and sport science students. The promotion of sport-related research activities, the presentation of new scientific achievements in the field of sport science, the dissemination of scientific methods and of competence related to the labor market, the publication of new research results through the Congress’ publications will be key pillars of the Congress. New trends are shaping up new needs and the Congress has proven that it can cover them in time: a new type of longer-term seminars with a theoretical and practical part, roundtables with up-to-date themes, and the 2nd Sports Science Forum with a surprise theme are some of its innovations of the 27th ICPESS.

An important objective of the conference has always been and will continue to be the creation of the ideal conference environment for interaction, discussion and socialization of participants, of the same or different thematic units.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, therefore, it is a great pleasure to invite you to participate in the 27th International Congress of Physical Education & Sports (ICPES) in Komotini, Thrace. The ICPES will be held from 10 to 12 May 2019 at the premises of the School of Physical Education and Sport Science, within the University Campus of DUTH, in the capital of Thrace of the civilizations, Komotini, the city of legends, of multiculturalism, of historical association of cultures, religions and people that seduces every visitor. A word can describe the city: diversity of landscape, culture, environment and flavors. We will be glad to welcome you to the campus of Komotini on 10th May 2019 and guide you to the magical crossroad of coexistence of the past with the present.

The President of the Organizing Committee of the International Congress on Physical Education & Sport Science

Keynote Speaker

Professor Yannis Pitsiladis, BSc., MMEDSci., PhD, FACSM

Professor of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Brighton, UK

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