In November 2017 in Vienna, the EHF Scientific Conference 2017 brought together the world’s top handball scientists.
Close to 100 experts gathered to discuss the conference’s main topic ‘Scientific Approach to the Player’s Environment – From Participation to the Top.’
“As we strive for the intellectual knowledge that in turn leads us to a deeper comprehension, we can hope to attain significant advancements when it comes to the prevention of injury and the safeguarding of our athletes,” said EHF President Michael Wiederer in his opening speech.
Sessions on the conference’s first day covered the monitoring and support of the player as well as aspects of the training and the game. Medical sessions focused on the lower limb and the shoulder whereas a physiology session dealt with anthropometric factors.
“The most important thing for us is to develop handball and on the other hand protect the players’ health,” said EHF Methods Commission Chairman Jerzy Eliasz, who was also part of the conference’s organising committee.
“Of course, this includes medical care on a very high level for our top players, but when we are talking about lower level players, the most important is prophylactic training which we address and try to convey to the coaches who train these teams,” said Eliasz.