The Congress

Mountain, Sport, & Health will offer an updated panorama, from laboratory experimental studies to the application on day to day practice, on different topics related to mountain sport activities and their impact on human performance and health.


Thursday, 7 November

8.30 – 9.00     Registration

9.00 – 11.00  Thematic session 1 – Muscle endurance and fatigue
Eivind Wang (NOR) – Strength training effects on aerobic endurance
Gennaro Boccia (Torino) – The neuromuscular fatigue in endurance performance, the relevance of the rate of force development
Matteo Fiorenza (Verona) – Skeletal muscle adaptations underlying performance-enhancing effects of high-intensity interval training
Giuseppe Coratella (Milano) – Short- and long-term eccentric training-induced adaptations

11.15 Coffee break

11.45  Official opening

12.15 SHORT TALK – Session 1 – Chair Chiara Zoppirolli
Alexa Callovini (Rovereto) –
Gaia Giuriato (
Verona) – Molecular and functional basis of successful aging and frailty: a study protocol exploring positive behaviors to counteract age-related physical and cognitive decline
Samuel D’Emanuele
(Verona) –
Alfredo Brighenti
(Rovereto) –

13.00 Lunch

14.15 – 15.15 Thematic session 2Exercise and thermoregulation
Davide Filingeri
(Loughborough) -Thermal challenges of sport performance at altitude: from human thermoregulation to technical solutions for thermal protection
David LOW
(Liverpool) – Acute responses and solutions to adapt to a hot environment

15.15  Coffee break

15.45 –  17.15 Thematic session 3 – Trail running and performance
Gianluca Vernillo
(Milano) – Downhill running: strategies to improve performance
Nicola Giovanelli
(Udine) – Uphill walking and running: strategies to improve performance
Aldo Savoldelli
(Rovereto) – Uphill performance: with poles, or not with poles, this is the question

20.00 Speaker’s Congress Dinner

 Friday, 8 November

9.00 – 10.30 Thematic session 4 – Integrating elite sport and education supporting dualcareer
Francesca Vitali
(Verona ) – Enhancing athletes’ employability: The development and Initial Validation of the ACQE
Saša Cecić Erpič
(Slovenia) –
Paolo Bouquet
(Trento) – Dual Career projects:UniSport italia

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break

11.00 – 12.00 Short Talk – Session 2 – Chair Barbara Pellegrini
Valentina Cavedon (Verona) – Regional distribution of DXA-measured body fat mass in athletes with a locomotor impairment
Valeria Azzini (Udine)- Specificity of test for predicting acute mountain sickness: could it be used for optimizing altitude exercise?
Andrea Zignoli (Trento) –

12.00 – 13.00 KEYNOTE LECTURE – Chair Barbara Pellegrini
Hans-Christer Holmberg (Sweden) – Fast, faster, even faster

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.30 Thematic session 5 – Hypoxia, health and performance
Hannes Gatterer
(Xcube/ Bolzano) – Effects of intermittent (interval) hypoxia on health
Justin Lawley
(Innsbruck) – Health at high altitude, acute mountain sickness
Alessandro Fornasiero
(Rovereto) – Cardiac Autonomic and Physiological Responses to Hypoxic Exercise in different exercise intensity domains

15.30 – 16.30 Thematic session 6 – Technology in Sports
Carniel Emanuele
(ITA) – SMArt and Creative technologies for the sportsystem
Lorenzo Bortolan
(Rovereto) – Lab and field test of ski boots characteristics

16.30  Closing

Congress Registration

Here is the link for congress registration

Call for abstract

Abstracts for short-talk presentation on the congress topics are welcome. The deadline for abstract submission is October 25th 2019.
Here is the link for the abstract submission. (Max 3000 characters)


Congress fees

Registration                                                                                Early      On site

Full registration                                                                 150 Euro 250 Euro
Students and researchers under 40, soci SISMES          60 Euro   60 Euro

Participation to the Congress is free for students of the UNIVR but registration is necessary. Only students attending degree courses in “scienze dello sport e della prestazione fisica” are not requested to register to participate.*

*Students Fees includes coffe breaks.
Lunches and social dinner are not included.


Congress Language
The official language of presentation and all written material is English

How to reach us
The venue of the Congress is Trentino Sviluppo, via F. Zeni, 8 just 10 minutes walking from the train station. Please see the Map