FitBack conference 2022

How does on establish an effective physical fitness monitoring system?


The FitBack conference 2022 disseminated state-of-the art knowledge on how to establish an effective physical fitness monitoring system to international delegates both in person and via web stream.

On Monday, May 23, as part of the FitBack project, we held the 1st International Conference entitled: "How do you establish an effective physical fitness monitoring system?".

More than 10 experts from various European countries attended the conference, joined by Dr. Steven Whiting from the World Health Organization and Dr. Justin Lang, a renowned Canadian expert on physical fitness and children's health.

About 80 domestic and foreign participants listened to the lectures live, and another 100 or so joined them online. In the morning we listened to lectures on the FitBack project, the importance of monitoring physical fitness, European children's fitness, and tips for improving it. We continued in the second session to review good practices in Europe, learned about the process of setting up our own fitness fitness monitoring system, and learned about how to store and process such data. Finally, we listened to an interesting round table discussion, where experts exchanged views and experiences on monitoring physical fitness, its importance and changing the performance of children.

You can also watch the 1st International FitBack Conference in its entirety on the following links:

FitBack conference 2022 PART 1

FitBack conference 2022 PART 2

FitBack conference 2022 PART 3 ROUNDTABLE

In Summary

The 1st International FitBack conference 2022 presented results from the FitBack project, introducing this new, collaborative network to policy-makers, scientists, and professionals within the sport, education and public health sectors. We were exceptionally pleased to begin this meaningful work and look forward to maintaining the momentum to foster excellence in child physical fitness and surveillance methods across Europe and around the world! Until next time, we will remember this exceptional time and look forward to growing our network as time goes by.


The Fitback Conference 2022 was held in person and livestreamed online. Please view the links above to enjoy the full programme content listed below.

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Time (CEST) Topic
8.30-9.00 Registration
9.00-9.10 Welcome speech
9.10-9.20 About FitBack
Gregor Jurak, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Sport, Slovenia
9.20-9.35 Fitness as an important part of physical literacy
Claude Scheuer, European Physical Education Association (EUPEA), Luxembourg
9.35-9.50 FitBack is data-driven: overview of data collected and analysed
Francisco Ortega, University of Granada, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Spain
9.50-9.55 Brain Break
9.55-10.10 FitBack fitness health-risk criteria
Maroje Sorić, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Kinesiology, Croatia
10.10-10.25 FitBack Reports: creating interactive and PDF reports
Bojan Leskošek, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Sport, Slovenia
10.25-10.35 FitBack tips for improvement of fitness
Tamás Csányi, Hungarian School Sport Federation, Hungary
10.35-10.40 Brain Break
10.40-10.50 Discussion
10.50-11.20 Coffee Break
11.20-11.30 The European fitness map
Gregor Jurak, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Sport, Slovenia
11.30-11.45 The European best practices in fitness monitoring systems
Luis Sardinha, University of Lisbon, Faculty of Human Kinetics, Portugal
11.45-12.00 FitBack 10 steps to establish a fitness monitoring system
Tuija Tammelin, LIKES, JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Finland
12.00-12.05 Brain Break
12.05-12.15 Discussion
12.15-12.30 Piloting FitBack solutions
Attilio Carraro, University of Bolzano, Faculty of Education, Italy
12.30-12.45 MO|RE data project
Katja Klemm, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Sports and Sports Science, Germany
12.45-12.50 Discussion
12.50-14.45 Lunch Break
14.45-15.00 FitBack Sustainability
Gregor Jurak, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Sport, Slovenia
15.00-15.10 Discussion

Roundtable discussion on monitoring fitness (e.g. GDPR issues, establishing fitness monitoring systems, creating an international fitness data repository, using fitness data for policy making).

Expert panellists include: WICKRAMASINGHE, Kremlin (WHO Europe), LANG, Justin (Health Canada), STARC, Gregor (SLOfit Slovenia), ORTEGA, Francisco (Profith Granada, Spain), KLEMM, Katja (MO|RE, Germany)

16.25-16.30 Closing of Conference
16.30-18.00 Informal discussions among in-person participants
18.00-19.30 Guided sightseeing of Ljubljana Old Town

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