Introducing the ESSA Sports Science Twitter Conference 2020 - #ESSTC20


We are delighted to introduce the inaugural ESSA Sports Science Twitter Conference in 2020. This event will aim to showcase the latest in sports science research and practice and continue to foster a strong, collaborative online sports science and high-performance community. 
The event will take place 16 &17 November 2020 - 1pm - 4.30pm AEDT.


Invited Presenters

Professor Louise Burke OAM

Louise is a sports dietitian with nearly 40 years of experience in the education and counselling of elite athletes. She worked at the Australian Institute of Sport for thirty years, first as Head of Sports Nutrition and then as Chief of Nutrition Strategy. She was the team dietitian for the Australian Olympic Teams for the 1996-2012 Summer Olympic Games. Her publications include over 350 papers in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, and the authorship or editorship of several textbooks on sports nutrition. She is an editor of the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. Louise was a founding member of the Executive of Sports Dietitians Australia and is a Director of the IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition. She was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2009 for her contribution to sports nutrition. Louise was appointed as Chair in Sports Nutrition in the Mary MacKillop Institute of Health Research at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne in 2014 and took up this position in a full-time capacity in 2020.

Dr. Darren Burgess


Darren is currently the High Performance Manager at Melbourne Football Club. Prior to this appointment Darren’s roles have included Director of High Performance at Arsenal Football Club, High Performance Manager at Port Adelaide Football (AFL) Club,  Head of Sports Science for Football Federation Australia and Head of Fitness and Conditioning at Liverpool Football Club.Darren worked as a lecturer in Exercise Science at Australian Catholic University in Sydney between 1997 and 2005 and completed his PhD in movement analysis of AFL and Soccer in 2012. Darren has had multiple papers published in peer review journals and has spoken at many international conferences.


Professor Iñigo Mujika

Iñigo Mujika earned Ph.D.s in Biology of Muscular Exercise (University of Saint-Etienne, France) and Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (University of The Basque Country). He is also a Level III Swimming and Triathlon Coach. Iñigo has exceptional ability to translate scientific research into every day coaching and advice for athletes and coaches. His main research interests include training methods and recovery, tapering, detraining, overtraining and nutrition. He has performed extensive research in physiology and performance in professional cycling, swimming, running, rowing, triathlon, tennis, football and water polo. Iñigo has published 141 articles in peer reviewed journals, six books and 43 book chapters, and has given 412 lectures and communications in international conferences and meetings. Iñigo was Senior Physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport, Team Selector for Triathlon Australia, Head of Research and Development at Athletic Club Bilbao Professional Football Club, Physiologist of the Spanish and French Swimming Federations, Head of Physiology and Training at Euskaltel Euskadi World Tour Cycling Team. He is now Head of Sport Sciences and Performance Support at the Spanish Swimming Federation, Associate Professor at the University of the Basque Country, Associate Researcher at Finis Terrae University in Chile, and Associate Editor for the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. Having worked across multiple sports and countries in the domains of coaching, science, education and consulting, Iñigo brings unique perspectives on how individual athletes, teams and nations can best prepare for competition

Abstract Presenters

Monday 16 November

Stella Veith @StelliV07 
Part 2 of the 11+ as an effective home-based exercise programme in elite academy football (soccer) players: A randomized control trial.

Alexander McAuley @AlexMcAuley2
The association of the ACTN3 R577X and ACE I/D polymorphisms with athlete status in football: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

André Roca @DrAndreRoca
Decision-making practice activities during coaching sessions in youth soccer: A cross-comparison of elite coaching contexts across European countries.

Victoria Brackley @VicBrackley
The prescription and effect of drills on freestyle swimming performance.

Emily Nicol @Em_Nicol
Temporal analysis of 100m world record breaststroke swimming.

Samuel Hills @hills_sam
Body temperature and physical performance responses are not maintained at the time of pitch-entry when typical substitute-specific match-day practices are adopted before simulated soccer match-play.

Geoffrey Minett @GeoffMinett
Effects of Passive Heating Intervention on Muscle Hypertrophy and Neuromuscular Function: A Preliminary Systematic Review with Meta-analysis.

Patrick Rodrigues @ProfPatrickRod
Muscle temperature kinetics and thermoregulatory responses to 42 °C hot-water immersion in healthy males and females.


Tuesday 17 November 

Kathleen Miles @kathleenmiles
ɑ-lactalbumin improves sleep and recovery following simulated evening competition.

Charles Urwin @curwin93
Does varying the ingestion duration of sodium citrate influence blood alkalosis and gastrointestinal symptoms?

Dean Ritchie @DeanRitchie26
Endurance-Based Skills-Specific Running Loads and its effect on on Same-Day Resistance-Training Performance in Professional Australian Rules Football Players.

Mark Hutson @MarkJHutson
Rate of bone stress injury is greater in competitive female distance runners suffering low energy availability independent of participation in plyometric training.

Anthea Clarke @DrAntheaClarke
What male coaches want to know about the menstrual cycle in elite women’s team sports:performance, health, and communication.

Tess Rolley @RolleyTess
Characterising Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury Situations in the Women's Australian Football League (AFLW).

Clint Bellenger  @ClintRBellenger
Predicting maximal aerobic speed from set distance time-trials in female Australian Rules Football players.     

Cloe Cummins @CloeCummins
Positional groups and peak locomotor demands in women's rugby league.

Edward Brooks @Ed_R_Brooks
Movement demands of elite netball as measured by local positioning system technology.

Aaron Fox @aaron_s_fox
How many 'Super Shots' should we take? A simulation analysis of 2020 Super Netball data.

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