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The satellite Symposium is part of the 2020 ECSS Annual Congress in Seville

Exercise is Medicine® (EIM), is a global health initiative launched in 2007 by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) that encourages health care providers to include physical activity when designing treatment plans and to refer patients to evidence-based exercise programs and qualified exercise professionals. Currently, it is active in 43 countries with representation in all continents, with an increased presence in Europe. This initiative is trying to promote widespread implementation of physical activity in healthcare settings by a multidisciplinary network of health care providers. EIM is committed to the belief that physical activity is integral in the prevention and treatments of diseases and should be regularly assessed and “treated” as part of all healthcare. In 2015, an independent EIM Center as a non-profit non-governmental organization for Europe was founded, named `European Initiative for Exercise in Medicine’ (EIEIM), based in Ulm (Germany) and with collaborations with EIM in the United States. In 2016, Exercise is Medicine Spain® was launched based on the agreement of the Spanish Research Network on Physical Activity and Health (EXERNET) with the ACSM and EIEIM. EXERNET is a non-profit Network of 26 research groups belonging to different universities and research centers in Spain, responsible for the development of EIM Spain. EXERNET, together with the University of Cadiz and the ECSS, are the organizers of this satellite symposium.

University of Cadiz

The present one-day satellite symposium proposal will be held in Cadiz (Spain). Cádiz is a city with maritime port on the southwestern coast of Spain and 120 kilometers apart from Seville (aprox. 1 hour by train). This historical city is the oldest in Western Europe with a relevant influence on the national and international history, but also has some of the more beautiful beaches in Europe being a referent location for tourism. In this context, the University of Cadiz has a degree in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences plus a Master degree in Physical Activity and Health with high international repercussion. The researchers in sport sciences and health from the different research groups at University of Cádiz have been working on how physical activity and exercise can benefit different health conditions and populations. The local MOVE-IT and GALENO research groups from University of Cádiz, both members of EXERNET, are glad to host this satellite symposium.




10:00 – 10:15. Opening Ceremony

Excmo. D. José María Pérez Monguio, Vice-Rector of the University of Cadiz-UCA, Spain

10:15 – 10:45.  Kick off Speech

Chairman: Prof. JA Casajus, MD, PhD (University of Zaragoza, Spain)
Title: “Exercise Is Medicine EUROPE” by Prof. Jürgen Steinacker, MD, PhD (University of Ulm, Germany).

10:45-11:45. Keynote speaker
Chairman: Ignacio Ara, PhD, FECSS (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain)
Title: “A Translational perspective of exercise as medicine: the role of myokines” by Bente K Pedersen, MD, PhD (University of Copenhagen. Denmark).

11:45-13:00h Round table: Three National Centers of EIM Europe talks about their initiatives


The purpose of the EIM National Centers is for physical activity to be considered by all healthcare providers as a vital sign in every patient visit. Patients will effectively be counseled and referred according to their physical activity and health needs, thus leading to an overall improvement in public health and long-term reduction in health care costs. In each country the way to reach this objective is different, so speakers in this round table will share the experience and the process to develop the EIM initiative in their country.

Chairman: Prof. Marcela Gonzalez-Gross, PharmD, PhD (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain).

Title: “EIM-Portugal” by Professor Luis B Sardinha, PhD (University of Lisbon, Portugal)


Title: “EIM-Spain” by Professor Casajus JA, MD, PhD (University of Zaragoza, Spain)


Title: “MOVING MEDICINE: Project Hospital Lead”by Professor Dr. Chris Speers (Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)


13:00-14:00h. Lunch Time

14:00- 16:30h Workshop 1: Evaluation of health-related physical fitness

Without doubt, one contribution of sport sciences to public health has been the identification of physical fitness as a powerful health marker. Several sets of batteries have been proposed for the measurement of the different physical capacities. In Europe, the Eurofit battery was proposed in the late 1980s for children and in 1993 for adults, which has been an important step towards standardization and comparability. Since then, several European research groups have been improving and adapting the tests considering age, sex or disability. Researchers from these leading groups will participate in Workshop 1. A theoretical introduction will give an overview of the importance of measuring fitness across the lifespan and why it should be included in the anamnesis in primary care, one of the aims of Exercise is Medicine.

During the practical part, the most updated and validated tests for each age group will be introduced and attendees will learn to perform them. Additionally, adaptation to the setting will be considered. Mostly in research there is more time for performing the tests than in primary care, nursing homes, hospitals or schools. At the end, a consensus statement will be discussed, in order to contribute to the efficient introduction of the evaluation of physical fitness in health care.

14:00-14:15h Introductory Speaker:

Chairman: Prof. Marcela Gonzalez-Gross, PharmD, PhD (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain).

Co-Chairman: Prof. Luis Carrasco PhD (University of Sevilla, Spain).

14:15-15:00h Preschoolers-PREFIT. Speaker: Francisco B. Ortega, PhD (University of Granada, Spain)

Practical Workshop: Cristina Cadenas / Daniel Velázquez-Diaz

15:00-15:45h Children and Adolescents-HELENA-ALPHA. Speaker: Jonatan Ruiz, PhD (University of Granada)

Practical Workshop: Juan Corral-Perez J /José Daniel Jiménez-Garcia / Alejandro Pérez-Pérez

15:45-16:30h: Elderly-EXERNET. Speaker: German Vicente-Rodriguez, PhD (University of Zaragoza)

Practical Workshop: Alba Gómez-Cabello / Raquel Pedrero-Chamizo


16:30-17:00h. Coffee Break


17:00- 19:30h Workshop 2: eHealth & Sport Sciences

The eHealth and wearables technologies are here to stay as part of both sport and health care systems. Numerous devices, applications, companies have emerged in the last years and professionals from multidisciplinary research areas have begun to work together in order to optimize the obtaining of results and their exploitation. The integration of physical activity data collecting into the medical care prescription and supervised exercise training will be presented as a part of the EIM referral. Thus, this workshop 2 aims at analyzing the current and future potential and possibilities of the integration of these tools in the context of EIM

17:00-17:15h Introductory Speaker:

Chairman: David Jiménez-Pavón, PhD (University of Cadiz, Spain).

Co-Chairman: Enrique Garcia-Artero , PhD (University of Almería, Spain)


“Role of App developers in the Sport Science environment. The LifeAge APP”. Speaker: Manuel J Cobo (Department of computer science and engineering, UCA, Spain)


Presentation of The TINPA Network “Towards Intelligent Health and WellBeing: Network of Physical Activity Assessment”. Speaker: Moritz Schumann (German sport University, Germany).


«Barcoding physical activity behavior with wearables. Early findings in measuring Performance versus Capacity. Prof. Benoit Mariani, Eng PhD  (Gait Up SA, Switzerland).


“What is next? The Future of eHealth in Sport Science” Speaker: Prof. Yannis Pitsiladis, MedSci., PhD, FACSM (University of Brighton, United Kingdom).

19:30h. Closing ceremony (Declaration of Cadiz related to EIM in European healthcare) and Social Event (Spanish Wine) hosted by UCA






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julio 2020