Your Brain on Sports
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
June 1st, 2018
Medical Faculty, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Van der Boechorststraat 7
1081 BT Amsterdam
From the main entrance walk straight ahead until the end. Here, take the elevator or stairs to the first floor. On the 1st floor take the hallway to the Atrium, room number MF/D-146.
The institute for Brain and Behavior Amsterdam (iBBA) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is organizing the symposium “Your brain on sports”, highlighting the latest findings in sport neuroscience.
Speakers will cover the full range from scientist to practitioners to enlighten us whether neuroscience can help you perform better in sports. There will be presentations and a panel discussion, in which various experts will reveal the realities and myths regarding sports neuroscience.
This cross-disciplinary symposium will address state-of-the-art research and evidence-based practices in sports neuroscience, with presentations from iBBA researchers and researchers and practitioners in sports from across the country.
The symposium starts around noon on June 1st, 2018 with a light lunch and will end with drinks. It is an excellent opportunity to expand your ‘sports and science’ network. The symposium is free of charge but you are required to register beforehand. There are a limited number of places and these are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
|Start time||End time||Type||Speakers|
|12:40||12:45||Welcome||Director: Jan Theeuwes|
|12:45||13:15||The development of talented football players||Geert Savelsbergh|
|13:15||13:45||Cognitive functioning in elite soccer players. The key to success?||Lot Verburgh|
|13:45||14:15||Interview||Willem Weijs (Mark van Vugt)|
|14:30||15:00||The BBQ of psychology in elite sport||Paul Wylleman|
|15:00||15:30||Cognitive biases when identifying talent in sport||David Mann|
|16:00||17:00||Panel discussion||Moderator: Vana Hutter|
Panel: Paul Wylleman, Willem Weijs, Geert Savelsbergh, Ilja Sligte, Marjan Olfers, Peter Beek, Jan Theeuwes
Prof. dr. Geert Savelsbergh
The development of talented football players
Talented football players do differ from less-talented, sub-elite players with respect to physical abilities, e.g. ball skills, agility, measured and monitored by all types of motor tests. This presentation will discuss cognitive abilities within a group of elite youth players, such as decision making, game insight, anticipation and use of feedback in the development of these talented players.
Dr. Lot Verburgh
Cognitive functioning in elite soccer players. The key to success?
Performing at the highest level in soccer requires as much cognitive capacity as technical skill and strength. The best soccer players have an innate ability to anticipate and react continuously in a changing, relatively unpredictable situation in the field. This talk is about the current status of the existing studies on (and even predictability of) cognitive functioning in elite athletes and the change of the way ball-sports and talents are viewed and analysed.
Interview with Willem Weijs (NAC Breda)
During this interview session prof dr. Mark van Vugt will interview Willem Weijs. In addition we highly encourage active participation from the public, so everyone has the chance to ask questions. Willem is trainer/coach of NAC Breda U19 and assistant coach of the 1st and 2nd team squad of NAC Breda. Before he worked as a technical, individual and teamtrainer coach for AFC Ajax.
Prof. dr. Paul Wylleman
The BBQ of psychology in elite sport
Psychology has become a structural element in the support provided to athletes and coaches. Based within a holistic and developmental approach, the role of psychology as promoted by TeamNL in elite/Olympic sport, talent development and the post-athletic career will be discussed. Examples relating to the ‘BBQ’ concept – Behaviour, Brain and Quality – will be used to illustrate the specificity as well as the diversity required by psychologists working with the context of elite and Olympic sport.
Dr. David Mann
Cognitive biases when identifying talent in sport
There are rich incentives for sports to identify talented athletes from a young age. However talent scouting remains highly subjective, with little known about what factors coaches or scouts should be looking for in young athletes, and whether scouts do actually possess the ability to predict talent. In this talk I will examine some of the surprising factors that produce unintended biases in talent identification, and will outline work we have done in an attempt to overcome these biases.
The conference is free of charge but please register, you can do this here: http://ibba.institute/events/symposium-your-brain-on-sports/
If you have signed up, but it turns out you cannot make it after all, please let Barbara Goudriaan know by email:
+31 20 59 88786