May 10-14, 2017, Opatija, Croatia

Adapted Physical Activity and...

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nejc Šarabon, grad. physioth., grad. phys. edu. teacher; does his teaching and research work at the University of Primorska (Andrej Marusic Institute, Department of Health Study and Faculty of Health Sciences) and at the private company S2P, Science to Practice, d.o.o. (Laboratory for Motor Control and Motor Behaviour).

Biology and Medicine of Sport and...

Professor Katarina Tomljenović Borer is employed at Division of Kinesiology Department of Movement Science at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Research scholarship best describes her central career goal, occupation, and preoccupation during the past quarter of a century. Her research explores hormonal and metabolic mechanisms involved in partitioning of nutrient energy among growth, body mass and energy storage depots, and exercise and metabolic energy expenditure.


Biomechanics and Motor Control,...

Dr. Shan joined the faculty at the University of Lethbridge in 2000. After establishing the Biomechanics Lab at U of L, he has initiated several cross-faculty research projects, including sports biomechanics, biomechanics of music performance, ergonomics, sports equipment development and senior balancing & fall prevention. In the past decade, Dr.Shan’s research has been supported by Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Sport Science Association of Alberta (SSAA), Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA), Covenant Health Research Center (CHRC) and Southern Alberta Intellectual Property Network (SAIPN).

Biomechanics and Motor Control, Zeevi...

Professor Zeevi Dvir is Full Professor of Biomechanics at the Dept. of Physical Therapy, the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University and Adjunct Full Professor, Biomechanics and Ergonomics Lab, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies (SKHS), Queen's University, Canada.

Physical Education, Javier Fernandez-Rio

Dr. Javier Fernandez-Rio is an Associate Professor in the Educational Sciences Department at the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education of the University of Oviedo (Spain). He received his B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA), where he graduated with honors and received the Allen J. Shafer Memorial award; his Masters’ degree from the Spanish Olympic Committee-Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain) and his Ph.D. from the University of Oviedo (Spain). 

Kinesiological Recreation, Anita...

She has 25 years of leadership experience in Ph.D. level curricula in Sport Science, Movement Science, Performance Analysis of Sport and research projects coordination in Germany and Arabic Countries. She is recognised internationally for her work in Performance Analysis in Sport, Modern Rhythmic Gymnastics and research in active heathy aging and in dance and received professor status in the Germany 1994.

Kinesiology of Top Level Sport, Mark...

Mark De Ste Croix has worked in the area of paediatric sport and exercise physiology for almost 20 years with a specific focus on enhancing our understanding of growth and maturation related changes in muscle strength.  Since joining the University of Gloucestershire in 2003 Mark has employed his expertise in paediatric neuromuscular development to explore injury risk in youth sport. 

Kinesiology of Top Level Sport, Bi...

Prof. Dr. Bi Zhongchun, grad. phys. edu. teacher; does his teaching and research work at the Beijing Sports University (Physical Education Institute, Department of basketball Study and Faculty of Sciences). Head director of coaches council of China university basketball association.

His scientific research focus is in the following fields: High level Competitive Basketball Training Science. The development trend of China University basketball. He continuously transfers his knowledge to daily practice of top-level basketball sports and basketball tactics and technique scouting analysis. He is tightly involved in innovation development in the field of the Theoretical and Practical Research on Defending and Attacking Tactics and Technique Structure at the Last Moment of High-level Competitive Basketball Game. He has authored >20 original scientific papers, 7 books, undertook and finished 16 science research projects on basketball field, which 9 of them are from the State Sports General Administration.

Research Methodology, Stephen Silverman

Stephen Silverman is a professor of education and senior advisor to the provost for research preparation at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research focuses on teaching in physical education and on research methods. He has published extensively in research journals and book chapters, and has co-authored 18 books, including multiple editions of three research methods books. Among the many honors he has received are the Alliance Scholar Award from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and being named a fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology and the American Educational Research Association.

Research Methodology, Will Hopkins

Professor Will Hopkins is Professor of Research Design and Statistics (0.4) at College of Sport and Exercise Science, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. His research focus is research design and analysis of factors affecting sport performance.

Physical Conditioning, Brad Schoenfeld

Brad Schoenfeld is Assistant Professor in Exercise Science, Director of the Human Performance Lab at CUNY Lehman College, Bronx, New York, USA. 

Kinesiology and Social Sciences, Marc...

Professor Marc Lochbaum, PhD is professor of Principles of Sport Coaching and Psychology of Sport courses at Department of Kinesiology and Sport Management, Texas Tech University, USA. 

Management of Sport, Leigh Robinson

Professor Leigh Robinson is Dean of Internationalisation at University of Stirling, UK. With a Master’s degree and a PhD from Loughborough University, Leigh is an expert in organisational performance management and investigates the principles of management that make sport organisations more effective. 


Associate professor in Ethnology, Dept. of Cultural Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Main research field are dance as dances, dancing, dancers and the discourse about dance through time and space. Teaches field work methods and ethnological perspectives on all university levels. Nilsson is an earlier dance teacher, specialized in folk- and old time dances. As a member of folk dance groups he has toured in Europe, Peru, Malaysia and Japan. 


Rod K. Dishman is Professor of Kinesiology and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Georgia, USA, where he is also a member of the Neuroscience Program in the Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute. He advises graduate students studying exercise neuroscience and physical activity interventions. Dr. Dishman received his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has focused his research on neurobiological aspects of the mental health outcomes associated with physical activity and on behavioral determinants of physical activity.

SATELLITE SYMPOSIA - New technologies...

Dr. Govindasamy Balasekaran is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Education and Sports Science at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore. He serves the university as a head of the Department and is Programme Director of the Sports Science and Management. Dr.Balasekaran has over 20 years experience in physical education and in human performance. His research interests lie in integrated and holistic approaches in the fields of human performance, physical activity, sports, exercise science, leisure, health, and technology to promote active living in school and the community.

Conference Topics


To provide a forum for the latest research, theoretical and applicative insights, findings and experiences from the vast field of kinesiology, the science of human movement and exercise. A presentation of the latest information is expected from the basic principles to practical applications, especially reports on new scientific breakthroughs such as the human genome investigations, application of new technologies, revised educational concepts and, above all, the urgent need to find more effective and appealing ways of health preservation and well-being enhancement by means of sport and exercise against the ever increasing deteriorating influence of sedentariness and the aggressive hectic modern way of living.


• Adapted Physical Activity and Kinesitherapy – Editors: Prof. Dubravka Ciliga, PhD, Prof. Lidija Petrinović, PhD, Tatjana Trošt Bobić, PhD

• Biology and Medicine of Sport and Exercise – Editors: Prof. Branka Matković, PhD, Prof.  Marjeta Mišigoj-Duraković, PhD, Prof. Lana Ružić, PhD

• Biomechanics and Motor Control – Editors: Prof. Mario Kasović, PhD, Prof. Goran Marković, PhD, Prof. Vladimir Medved, PhD, Saša Vuk, PhD

• Physical Education – Editors: Prof. Boris Neljak, PhD

• Kinesiological Recreation – Editors: Prof. Mirna Andrijašević, PhD, Prof. Danijel Jurakić, PhD, Prof. Marija Rakovac, PhD, Prof. Drena Trkulja Petković, PhD

• Kinesiology of Top-level Sport – Editors: Prof. Dragan Milanović, PhD, Prof. Sanja Šalaj, PhD, Dario Škegro, PhD

• Kinesiology and Social Sciences (Sociology, Psychology, History, Philosophy) – Editors: Prof. Renata Barić, PhD, Prof. Zrinko Čustonja, PhD, Sunčica Bartoluci, PhD

• Kinesiology in Physical Conditioning – Editors: Cvita Gregov, PhD, Prof. Igor Jukić, PhD, Prof. Luka Milanović, PhD, 

• Management of Sport – Editor: Prof. Sanela Škorić, PhD

• Research Methodology – Editors: Prof. Franjo Prot, PhD, Prof. Goran Sporiš, PhD


Satellite simposiums:

• Health Kinesiology - Editors: Prof. Lana Ružić, PhD, Prof. Danijel Jurakić, PhD, Tatjana Trošt Bobić, PhD

• New technologies in Physical Education - Editors: Dario Novak, PhD, Prof. Branislav Antala, PhD

• Science in Dance - Editors: Prof. Goran Oreb, PhD, Prof. Jadranka Vlašić, PhD

4th Miloš Mraković Young Researchers Award

Contributors who will be younger of 33 years of age in 2017 have the opportunity to participate in the Miloš Mraković Young Researchers Award contest.
The Conference on Kinesiology has established  the Miloš Mraković Young Researcher Award (YRA) to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of young investigators in the various fields of kinesiology / sport science and adjacent scientific fields.
The YRA candidates will present their works within the designated sections as scheduled in the Scientific Programme, either as a podium or a poster presentation.
Three winners (best papers) will be chosen by the Miloš Mraković YRA Committee. They will receive monetary awards and honorary scrolls.
The award ceremony will be held during the Closing Plenary Session.

Eligibility Requirements

• The award may be assigned to a single author or to a team of authors for the merit of the paper submitted to be included in any of the announced sections of the Conference.
• Candidates are only eligible if they are under or 33 years of age in 2017. No member of the team of authors may be older than 33 years. Do not forget to indicate your age when registering!
• The paper must not have been presented previously at other conferences nor published in a peer-reviewed journal at the time of presentation.
• A team of authors will share the award among themselves.


Papers of the candidates will be judged using the following criteria:
• Scientific originality of the paper.
• Quality of both the paper and the presentation, either a podium or a poster one.
• Quality of the theoretical and methodological approach.
• Relevance to practice or importance of scientific findings.
• Design and realization of the experiment.


A candidate may enter the Miloš Mraković Young Researcher Award competition when registering for the 8th Conference on Kinesiology by simply answering YES to a question regarding the YRA competition and submitting the paper online.