Vittorio Zagaia, Gülfem Ersöz, Ahmet Nakkaş, Silvano Zanuso
Held in the Bogazici University Garanti Culture Centre by Technogym’s Turkey Distributor AVV A.S., the International Sports and Performance Congress provided a platform for the leading figures of the industry to share with the participants the latest innovations in strength training. While the importance of sports was emphasized for a healthy life in the congress, it was also pointed out that there was a decline in physical activity worldwide.
Aiming to make people embrace a lifestyle based on regular physical activity, a balanced diet and positive mental attitude for over a period of more than 30 years, Technogym The Wellness Company is one of the world’s leaders in fitness and wellness with its widespread network in more than 100 countries around the world. Known for its investments in sports, education and science as well as being a manufacturer of technical equipment, Technogym The Wellness Company brought together at the “Technogym International Sports and Performance Congress” held in Istanbul international trainers and academicians specialized in a variety of fields such as sports performance, fitness and new strength training methodologies for health.
In his opening speech in the congress, Technogym Turkey Chairman of the Board, Vittorio Zagaia said: “Brands like us must invest in know-how and training as well as technology and innovation. We have a responsibility to support such investments, and pay attention to doing so. We have come a long way since our establishment. I believe that our congress will be useful. We have very important guests from abroad.”
Technogym Director of Scientific Researches Department, Prof. Silvano Zanuso also emphasized the importance of being active. Stating that people should be encouraged to be active and adopt an active lifestyle, Zanuso said: “We must make inactive people active.” Zanuso continued: “We will hear about the muscle strength risk factors conceptually in a few years. Aerobics and capacity are important but strength is important as well. We must be able to combine them.”
Expressing their support for scientific organizations as an association, Prof.Gulfem Ersoz from the Association of Sports Sciences stated that the International Sports and Performance Congress organized by Technogym was a great opportunity for the industry.
President of the Association of Sports Volunteers, Ahmet Nakkas said that sports had the ability to increase life quality. Nakkas stated: “We are one of the most inactive five countries in the world. There is an increase in obesity rates. We want to share our current state of knowledge about sports and healthy life with the society. We have ongoing projects in this regard. Technogym is making a huge effort to be an example of success and create a healthy life culture.”
Technogym International Sports and Performance Congress included presentations in which new training methods, new scientific theories and latest technologies on strength training were analysed and discussed such as “Is Weightlifting Always Safe?” by Senior Trainer Dr. Joseph Esformes from Cardiff Met. University; “Strength Training in Children and the Young” by Prof. Urs Granacher from Potsdam University; “Strength Training in Team Sports: What To Do and Not To Do” by the Professional Strength and Condition Coach and Director of Technogym Scientific Researches Francesco Cuzzolin; and “Why is Strength Improved in Aerobic Sports?” by the Strength Coach, Trainer and Scientist Dr. Dan Cleather.
Providing information on strength training in children and the young, Prof. Urs Granacher said: “Children between the ages of 5 and 17 must be engaged in physical activity for 60 minutes a day. This is how they can strengthen their muscles and bones. It is seen that 82% of the global child population fails to do that. There is a decrease in the interest for fitness activities. In that regard, the youth is actually a bit lost and shaken. The aerobic capacity is also low. If there is a weakness in muscular strength, this means more restrictions in daily life. Arguments developed by Technogym offer an opportunity for a healthy life. Strength training comes before aerobics. Exercise is also important in the development of motor skills.”
Francesco Cuzzolin said: “Being a specialist requires managing all variables. Coordination is very important and task-oriented in team plays. It also requires power, strength and stabilization. A better outcome can be obtained if the necessary strength is present and coordination is good. Individualization of strength is also important. We should know how to manage stability as well. Training will not be effective if it is not stable. Lessons must be learnt on the field and training must be performed in team plays. There should be an awareness of activity sessions.”
Defining activity as a process, Dr. Dan Cleather stated that exercise was important in increasing capacity and skills, but that it must be tailored to the sports activity being performed. Cleather said: “Increasing the capacity must occur in a sports environment and through specific training. Weightlifting also improves the performance.”
Drawing attention to the fact that there must be some standards for success, Dr. Joseph Esformes emphasized the importance of elimination of all negative influences for training. Esformes said: “It should be determined whether the movement disorders are caused by the environment or the organism. The athlete must be protected and there must be a focus on adaptation in order to achieve the desired model. Mobility mustn’t be ignored either. The synchronization of motion, strength and stabilization must be ensured.”
Kristal Yaglari, TARTI and Galata Tasimacilik were the sponsors for the congress where professionals from different fields such as trainers and physiotherapists came together.