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Special Session/Symposium on Performance Analysis in Soccer: How does Technology Challenge Current Practices? - 3rd Edition - PerSoccer
Chair: Ricardo Duarte
In the last decade there was a wealth of technological developments that imposed remarkable changes in performance analysis research and practice. The advent of such technologies radically challenged the practices of scientists and practitioners involved in professional soccer. Current challenges on this topic include i) how to maximize the technological potential into meaningful and effective information, ii) how can new technologies enhance the way we analyze and interpret data, and iii) how can we use technology to enhance player and team objective evaluations. Previous editions of this symposium had the honorable presence of prominent researchers and practitioners as guest speakers, including Christopher Carling, Bruno Mendes, Bruno Travassos, Paul Power and Hector Ruiz. The 3rd Edition of this Symposium will join again both researchers and practitioners from professional soccer showing how technology and science is being integrated and is changing the current practices in performance analysis field. We invite submissions from all over the world covering wide-range topics on performance analysis in soccer, especially related (but not limited to) to the current challenges that technology is placing to science and applied performance analysis in soccer.
Keynote Lecture

Perspectives on Innovation in Sport Engineering - Stochastic Resonance and their Application in Modern Training and Rehabilitation
Dietmar Schmidtbleicher, Goethe University, Germany
  The first part of the presentation shows some physiological results from research in the filed of adaptation of the nervous system. It could be shown in the late 70th and 80th that reflexes in human beings are no phylogenetical relict but still contributing strong in a lot of sport specific movements as well as in activities of daily life. Moreover those reflexes can be enhanced by training. Best effects can be produced by stochastic resonance stimuli compared to sinusoidal perturbations. In the second part the development of different training devices will be presented with a solution of a stochastic resonance training (SRT). The following constants deal with the possibilities of the application of SRT against disturbances in posture control, equilibrium problems etc. as they appear at chronical neuronal diseases like M. Parkinson, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injuries or orthopedical leasons.
Industrial Panel

The Industrial Panel entitled ‘How Technologies Developed for Mainstream Applications could also Contribute to the Specific Field of Assistive Technologies for Persons with Disabilities?’ was chaired by Luis Azevedo (Anditec, Portugal) and had as participants Laurent Mougel (BODYCAP, France), Nicola Soldati (Brain Products GmbH, Germany) and Javier Ferrer (biomechSOLUTIONS, Spain).
Posters Session

Today 6 posters were scheduled to be presented in a forum for presenters from around the world to highlight their work and to share their successful ideas with colleagues by presenting a research study, a practical problem-solving effort, or an innovative idea. The Poster presentations provided other conference participants an opportunity to quickly and easily become acquainted with the presenters’ poster topic.
Closing Session

At the closing session, A "Best Paper Award" and a "Best Student Paper Award" were conferred to the author(s) of a full paper presented at the congress, selected by the Program/Congress Chairs based on the best combined marks of paper reviewing, assessed by the Program Committee, and paper presentation quality, assessed by session chairs at the conference venue.
Farewell Cocktail

Time to say goodbye and what a great way of doing it. Enjoy a laugh with new and old friends and we hope to have your presence at the conference’s next edition.