Research Changes the World: SUSU Hosted “Innovations in Sport, Tourism and Education” Conference

В Южно-Уральском государственном университете состоялась IV Международная конференция «Инновации в спорте, туризме и образовании – icISTIS – 2019». Организатором конференции выступил Институт спорта. туризма и сервиса ЮУрГУ. Мер

The Fourth International Conference “Innovations in Sport, Tourism and Education – icISTIS – 2019” was held at South Ural State University. The SUSU Institute of Sport, Tourism and Service was the organizer of the conference. The event is aimed at the exchange of scientific and practical experience in the field of physical education and sports, adapted physical education and tourism.

At the icISTIS – 2019 conference a number of fields, which are rapidly developing in sports science and tourism, were highlighted. These issues include drug-free methods to improve the performance, biomechanics and kinesiology in sport, tourism and recreation, contemporary pedagogical and psychological techniques in education and athletic training, sports medicine and rehabilitation, as well as training specifics, nutrition for athletes and key economic and legal aspects of the sports industry.

“I believe that our fourth conference has the right to be called international. I would like to thank my colleagues who took time to participate in the conference, including our foreign partners from Serbia and Romania. I am sure that our conference will be interesting for the participants; you will be able to see the implemented projects and share the research experience. We have signed an agreement with the French publishing company Atlantis Press; all the articles will be published and indexed in the international Web of Science и Scopus databases, which is very important for every researcher,” said Director of the Institute of Sport, Tourism and Service Vadim Ehrlich.

The Minister of Physical Education and Sports for the Chelyabinsk Region, Honoured Coach of the Russian Federation Leonid Oder took part in the opening ceremony of the conference. He emphasized that the program of the conference includes a great number of innovations and scientific research on relevant issues; the experience presented would contribute to the development of physical education and sports in the region.

“World sport is rapidly changing; there is no future without science, innovations and advanced ideas in sport today. The Ministry of Sports does its best to develop scientific ideas and methods; the main task for today is to make science closer to a coach and an athlete, and to combine theory and practice. Here I see many people who are moving in the same direction as we do. And I hope that all the participants have real motivation to implement advanced innovations presented at the conference. Specialists, coaches and students have a unique opportunity to absorb the ideas which will help to develop further.”

The Head of the Department for Physical Education, Sports and Tourism of the Chelyabinsk City Administration Maksim Kleshchevnikov noted that the practical application of innovations and scientific developments presented in the SUSU conference is of great importance for the development of children.

“Sports and tourism sectors are very important for the development of society, and sport achievements are impossible without cooperation with science. Today Chelyabinsk pays special attention to this issue: over 36 thousand children are engaged in sport schools, which are the platform for testing methods to increase sports achievements together with our scientific community.”

One of the main SUSU projects presented in the conference is digital modelling of kinematic parameters of human movement. Director of the SUSU Sports Science Centre Vitaly Epishev explained that a system to assess the correct performance of physical exercises by athletes was created at the university in the collaboration with analysts and programmers. Data obtained from devices attached to a test subject are displayed on a screen where you can see his/her virtual projection.

“In fact, when the Sports Science Centre was opened, we started to establish database of parameters which would help to identify any regularities. In 2011 we connected the devices into a network which helped to analyse 1,158 parameters when examining one person. With the development of our instrumental base we have achieved the result that at present we are able to read 30,000 parameters while examining a person including cardiovascular parameters, kinematics of motion, etc. Thus, we form a digital view of what happens to an athlete in the process of engaging into physical activity.”

The conference participants made reports on the possibilities to improve the physical condition of people with metabolic disorders, diabetes of the second type and overweight people. Researchers evaluated the training features of athletes for hockey and cross-country skiing, the influence of GTO complex implementation to monitor general physical training. SUSU postgraduates demonstrated their developments: a rehabilitation device with the “mirror therapy” function, a technology for identifying a person’s posture sitting in a chair, and an exoskeletal device for children with cerebral palsy rehabilitation.

The second day of the conference presented research on the tourist satisfaction of the visitors to the Zyuratkul National Park and Arkaim Nature Reserve, prospects for congress tourism development and the problems of natural areas of special protection, recreational potential of the lakes of the Chelyabinsk Region resort zones, and the problems of Arkaim ecological tourism development. The relevance of these issues was marked by the expert of the Regional State Institution “Natural Areas of Special Protection” Aleksandr Logunov:

“Ecology National Program has “Preservation of Geological Diversity and Ecological Tourism Development” project. Eco-tourism is an area, which I have been actively engaged in recently. At present, we can see a number of positive examples of ecotourism development in different regions in Russia including in natural areas of special protection: national parks, nature and wildlife reserves. It means that it is in demand; and today when an increasing percentage of people are becoming urban dwellers, and the rural population is decreasing, we face the problem of communicating with wildlife.”

At a separate site within the conference sections the following issues have been discussed: the spread of injuries in sports aerobics, the biomechanics of cadence walking, the problem of speed-strength and technical competence of dolphin-kick swimmers, the training of female skiers, the development of a product formula with a high nutrient content, and more.

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