Science, Technology and Research into Sport Surfaces (STARSS 2)

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1 The 2 nd International SportSURF Conference Science, Technology and Research into Sport Surfaces (STARSS 2) Key Themes: Injury Risk and Surface Performance Date: 21 st & 22 nd April 2010 Venue: Loughborough University, UK FOR REGISTRATION: PLEASE GO TO THE SPORTSURF HOMEPAGE AND FOLLOW THE LINKS. Supporters of SportSURF Hosted in association with the Loughborough Sports Technology Institute (V )

2 INTRODUCTION This is the second (unique) conference for those interested and involved in sport surface interactions and sport surfaces research and practice. It is borne out of the successful SportSURF network, bringing together many academic disciplines and industrial parties to discuss and formulate research needs for sport surfaces and their interactions for the future. The conference provides a unique opportunity for the discussion of current research ideas and project findings, dissemination of current practice and issues, and the transfer of technology and ideas between attendees from the academic and industrial communities in the UK, Europe and from around the world. The specific objectives are: To establish the STARSS conference as a valuable addition to the sport science calendar. To further promote the SportSURF network as an ongoing and growing international community of sport surface researchers and practitioners. To disseminate current high quality research from around the world. To provide an opportunity to all attendees for networking, and encourage young researchers to present their research and meet established researchers in this interdisciplinary field. To identify coherent research needs for the future benefit of the sport surface related community. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? The conference is aimed at those involved in all aspects of sports surfaces including: academic research in engineering, materials, sport and exercise science, sport medicine; industrial research; facility design & procurement; construction, management/operation and funding; sport governance; accredited surface testing; standardisation; and player/athlete coaching and welfare including psychology. CONFERENCE PROGRAMME AND TOPICS The conference will be run over two days with a conference dinner on the first evening. The conference will balance the presentations between science and application aimed at stimulating questions and debate between researchers and practitioners. Presentations will be given by the paper authors, on a broad range of topics including (but not exclusively): Player-surface interaction Ball-surface interaction Design and construction Biomechanics - modelling, instrumentation Player safety & risk Laboratory and field testing interpretation, innovation, spatial and temporal studies Environmental impact sustainability, value engineering Durability mechanical wear, measurement, environmental issues, maintenance Invited Keynotes on Sport Injury Monitoring, Surface Influences on injury & Developments in Natural Turf (see below for more details). Presentations will be given from leading practitioners & researchers. Papers will be produced on a CD.

3 CONFERENCE PROGRAMME (DAYS 1 AND 2) Time 09:00 09:30 Registration - Tea/Coffee 09:30 9:45 Welcome Talk Dr Paul Fleming (Network Manager) 09: Presentations on grouped Themes (incl. coffee break) 12:30 13:30 Lunch Poster Displays and Exhibition 13:30 16:30 Presentations on grouped Themes 16:30 17:30 Panel Discussions Summaries, knowledge gaps etc 18:30 Late Day 1 only - Conference Banquet (included in the delegate fee) Venue: The National Space Centre, Leicester Enjoy the unique atmosphere, interact with the exhibits, and be inspired by the 40 th anniversary of man landing on the moon!! UKeynote Presentations 1. Dr Iain James, Cranfield University - Sport Surfaces Research Group. Dr Iain James is Head of the Centre for Sports Surface Technology at Cranfield University, which aims to advance the engineering and management of natural and synthetic sports surfaces. He is a Chartered Scientist and a member of the International Sports Engineering Association, the International Turfgrass Society, and is on the Council of the Institute of Professional Soil Scientists. His presentation and paper will provide an overview and update of the latest developments in natural turf practice and research. 2. Dr Evert Verhagen, EMGO Institute at the VU University, Holland. Dr Evert Verhagen is a senior researcher at the department of Public and Occupational Health of the EMGO Institute at the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam. He leads a group who conduct research in the area of sports injury surveillance and prevention (children and adults). He is a board certified epidemiologist and human movement scientist. His talk will cover aspects of current thinking and techniques in monitoring and preventing sports injuries. 3. Dr Dara Twomey, School of Human Movement & Sport Sciences, University of Ballarat, Australia. Dr Dara Twomey is a Senior Research fellow at Ballarat, manager of their injury prevention projects and leader of their Player Surface Interaction research team. She had a lead role in the development of standards for the use of artificial surfaces for Australian football and cricket recently completed, and in the large study Preventing Australian Football Injuries with Exercise (PAFIX) Study. Her talk will cover aspects of the PAFIX study in relation to design of the injury monitoring and the assessment of the surfaces, and the findings of correlations between surface properties and injury risk. NOTE: There is opportunity for poster presentations and limited space for exhibitions (first come basis). If you are interesting in presenting/exhibiting your research please feel free to contact us at for further information.

4 UREGISTRATIONU: PLEASE GO TO THE SPORTSURF HOMEPAGE AND FOLLOW THE LINKS. CONFERENCE FEE FOR MEMBERS : 275 BEFORE THE EARLY REG DEADLINE OF 31 ST JANUARY ROOM RATES AT BURLEIGH COURT NOTE: There is opportunity for poster presentations and limited space for exhibitions (first come basis). If you are interesting in presenting/exhibiting your research please feel free to contact us at for further information. VENUE DETAILS The venue for both days will be the Sir Denis Rooke Building (number 4 on map below), Holywell Science Park at Loughborough University. The venue offers high quality specialist conference facilities and will include a lunch along with all-day refreshments and snacks. The conference accommodation at Burleigh Court is only a short walk from the main venue. For conference dinner buses will transfer delegates to and from the dinner venue (approximately 9 miles away). DIRECTIONS By Car From the North/South/West use junction 23 of the M1, head toward Loughborough on the A512 and turn right after 1 mile at the roundabout toward Holywell Science Park, visitor parking is on the left after the security barrier. From the East travel around Loughborough on the ring road, following to signs for the M1, and go past the University Campus (on your left) and turn left at the roundabout toward Holywell Science Park, visitor parking is on the left after the security barrier By Rail Regular Intercity services operate between Loughborough and other main line towns -including over 40 trains daily to and from London St Pancras 90 minutes away. Once at Loughborough's railway station you are just ten minutes away from the campus. From here there is a regular bus service which operates every ten minutes during term time. Taxis are normally available from the station and the journey should cost around 6-7. For information on train times and ticket prices phone Rail track on By Air: Nottingham East Midlands Airport is only minutes from Loughborough University and many budget air liners operate from there including Hwww.ryanair.comH and Hwww.easyjet.comH. Taxi fare from the airport to the university campus is normally in the region of 20.

5 ACCOMMODATION Burleigh Court offers accommodation a short walking distance from the conference venue at Holywell Park, we have limited rooms reserved at a discounted rate for conference attendees. Please book using the website link or call +44 (0) and remember to quote the reference number There are many other hotels and guest houses available in Loughborough - contact us for more information if required. MAP OF THE VENUE M1 Junction 23 The Sir Denis Rooke Building is #4