Panel discussion with Thomas Hitzlsperger and Dr. Gregory Dupont
The head of the youth academy of Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart as well as the Head of Research of the French Football Federation Dr. Gregory Dupont were our guests during two panel discussions on the 22nd of November. In an exclusive first 90 minutes both experts discussed several topics regarding the challenges of modern professional football with our international students from the Master High-Performance Sport as well as the PhD programme Science and Health in Football. Our students were able to get perspectives on talent identification and development, training monitoring and recovery, injury prevention as well as the psychological demands of professional football. In a second panel, which was open for the public and organised together with the Saarland Sport Federation (LSVS), both experts answered further questions regarding both their careers. The local TV station SR summerised the discussions in yesterdays news, which can be seen here (German only, start at minute 31).
Start of the programme
After many months of planning and preparing we are welcoming our first students in the international M. Sc. programme High-Performance Sport. Thirteen Students from seven different countries started the degree in this winter term. Before the start of the lectures we organised a "Welcome Week", including many different cultural and scientific activities. For example, students were invited to a city rally, participated in a "Science meets practice" Symposium, including speakers from research and the applied field, and travelled to Strasbourg to visit the European parliament. Of course, we also provided a lot of useful information on the degree organisation as well as our international partners, who travelled to Saarbrücken from Australia, England and the Netherlands.