Fri 25 June 2021


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14:00 - 14:15

Welcome and introduction
Dr. Raôul Oudejans
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

14:15 - 14:40

Training for Excellence
Dr. Jolan Kegelaers
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences; Vrije Universiteit Brussel

14:40 - 14:45


14:45 - 15:15

Performing on the biggest stage
Dr. Janine Stubbe
Codarts Rotterdam

Dancers have to perform well in high-pressure situations and face challenging physical demands. There is barely any time to recover, which makes them prone to injuries due to overload. Self-report measures such as questionnaires and diaries are suggested to be a simple and cost-effective approach to monitor dancers’ response to training, however their efficacy is dependent on how they are implemented and used. Codarts Rotterdam has developed the Performing artist and Athletes Health Monitor (PAHM) to monitor the health of performing artists and athletes. Over a 1,000 elite performers use this monitor, including soccer players from the Dutch Premier League club Feyenoord and dancers from the Dutch National Ballet. Janine will share her experiences with large scale injury data collection across different disciplines with a focus on dance. She will discuss some of the factors influencing response rate and the implementation of health monitoring tools. To close, she will give some striking examples of how health monitoring supports dancers in their ambition to reach and perform on the biggest stage possible.

15:15 - 15:25


15:25 - 15:35

Short break

15:35 - 16:05

The development and support of performance behaviour in elite sport
Prof. Paul Wylleman
TeamNL; Vrije Universiteit Brussel

As part of its striving for excellence, TeamNL has developed a clear vision on, and approach to optimizing athletes and coaches’ development in view of maximizing their level of performance. After presenting TeamNL’s mission and the different fields of expertise involved in supporting athletes, teams and coaches, a more detailed overview will be given of how the development of athletes and coaches’ performance behavior is supported via research, innovation and a team of experts. Specific attention will be given to, among others, the holistic perspective on athletes’ development, the role of psychological competences and cognitive readiness, the mental preparation for Tokyo, and the support provided by a competency-based team of Performance behavior experts. 

16:05 - 16:15


16:15 - 16:45

Better practice: Interdisciplinary perspectives on developing and supporting musical excellence
Prof. Aaron Williamon
Royal College of Music, London

Few pursuits are as dynamic and enjoyable as making music. The results of recent research, however, suggest that mental and physical health problems are widespread among musicians and that healthy approaches to training and working in music are far from uniform throughout the profession. This presentation will review the latest developments in the field of performance science to examine how musicians can equip themselves with skills to excel. It will also examine how music educators, administrators and policy makers can play an active role in providing supportive environments where health and wellbeing is considered integral to professional music training.

16:45 - 16:55


16:55 - 17:00

Wrap up