Anniversary of the Exercise and Health commission of the German Society of Sport Science


Poly-Pill Exercise - Opportunities, Risks and Side Effects

Health enhancing physical activity is today considered to be a “Poly-Pill,” capable of yielding diverse health benefits. Evidence for its preventative effects for many non-contagious, chronic-degenerative diseases particularly stand out, while its protective effects have been shown, most recently in regards to heavy cases of Covid-19. Moreover, physical training has been shown to have an equal - or in some cases better - effectivity in therapeutically treating numerous disorders when compared to available pharmaceutical treatment options. These findings have led to even stronger interest in health-political issues.

New statistics have however shown that inadequate physical activity in Germany remains the absolute standard, regardless of initiatives that try to counteract this problem – whereas during the corona pandemic, notions of the insufficient importance placed on sport and physical activity in societal and political discussions has been strengthened.

The often-monodisciplinary research into physical activity and its promotion continues to leave many questions unanswered: How can the needs and possibilities of inactive individuals be adequately taken into account in “participative” promotion of health-enhancing physical activity? What roll does subjective experience play for an “optimal exercise dosage?” And last, but certainly not least: Does the “medicalization” of sport and physical activity introduce undesired side effects into the field of sports sciences?

September 11, 2022

The abstracts of the keynotes and sessions are available!

The abstracts of the keynote speakers can be found under "Program" > "Keynotes". You can find the abstracts of the sessions under "Program" > "Scientific Program" by clicking on the corresponding session. To download the abstract book as a PDF, click ...

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August 03, 2022

Registration for the Pre-Conference Workshop is still possible!

Registration for the Pre-Conference Workshop "Critically appraising randomized controlled trials and meta-analyses on exercise and health" by Prof. Panteleimon Ekkekakis is possible by email to: The workshop will take place on September 14th, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. ...

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August 03, 2022

Conference program is online!

You can access the program on the homepage under "Program" > "Scientific Program". In addition, we would like to cordially invite you to participate in the conference. It is still possible to book a congress ticket online until September 5th, 2022 ...

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May 24, 2022

Reminder End of Submission Deadline

The deadline for the submission of abstracts in German and English is 31.05.2022. Please note that no further extension will be possible. We would like to point out that our plans for an in-person event in September also include a "Plan ...

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