Dear participants,

Thank you so much for joing the Science, Sports and Medicine XI conference! The three days were filled with great oral and poster presentations, hands-on workshops, social events and networking opportunities. We appreciate your contribution! It was great to see people and have an on-site conference after so many years when it was not possible to come together. Indeed, the symposium as well was a worthy celebration of Atko-Meeme Viru's 90th anniversary.

Despite everything that is going on in the world, the conference was a success and there were even more participants than we initially dared to expect. There were altogether 316 participants from 12 countries. Among them were coaches, sports physicians, physiotherapists, teachers and representatives of other professions related to sport and recreational activities. 19 presenters from abroad and 28 presenters from Estonia spoke during the conference. This proved that the conference has great value in this international format and it is worth continuing with it. 

The photos and presenters' slides were sent to participants via e-mail. If you participated but have not received the link, please e-mail us at ssm2022@publicon.ee and we will send the link again. 

You can read the special issue of the magazine "Physical Activity and Sport" (printed in English and Estonian in parallel columns) with the programme, interviews with some lecturers and abstracts here.

We are hoping to see you in Estonia and Tartu again!

With best wishes,
the Organising Committee

Welcome to attend the conference Science, Sports and Medicine XI!

For more than two decades this event has brought together sport scientists as well as specialists employed in the fields of sport, physical education, recreational sport, sports medicine and physiotherapy for discussing issues that are of common interest. The conference has always been aimed at promoting contacts and cooperation between sport scientists and people engaged in different areas of sport, thereby contributing to evidence-based development of sport and recreational physical activity in the society.

The conference held this year, in 2022 will have a considerably wider international dimension compared to the previous events. Conference programme includes presentations by researchers of several European Union countries, as well as by colleagues from the USA, Norway, Moldova and Georgia. There are also presentations given by outstanding coaches, sports physicians, physiotherapists, teachers and representatives of other professions related to sport and recreational activities. Numerous reports are expected to be delivered by doctoral students and young researchers in sport-related study areas. The conference is thus encompassing sport in its widest and deepest contexts – from elite sport to PE at school and recreational physical activity for general population.  

We encourage participation in the conference for all who take interest in its multifaceted programme – you may not wish to perform yourselves, however, you can make the most of the opportunity to debate with presenters, and communicate in relaxed atmospere with colleagues from Estonia and beyond.

Dear friends, you are very welcome to visit Tartu – that will in 2024 be the European Capital of Culture  –  to participate in the conference Science, Sport and Medicine XI !


On behalf of the scientific and organizing committee of the conference,

Professor Vahur Ööpik                                                                          Associate Professor Eve Unt

Institute of Sport Sciences and Physiotherapy                                  Institute of Clinical Medicine

University of Tartu                                                                                   University of Tartu