Physical activity and health across the lifespan

José Angelo BarelaChair: José Angelo Barela (BRA) - Department of Physical Education, Institute of Biosciences, State University of São Paulo, Rio Claro, Brazil.
Institute of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, Cruzeiro do Sul University, São Paulo, Brazil.


Life has been quite facilitated by many of the “modern’ commodities that nowadays we literally have at hand. We can move from one place to other, communicate or contact to almost whomever we wish, and manipulate our near surroundings with much less efforts that we used to. As a consequence, much of physical efforts that were employed in such activities are not necessary anymore and physical activity demands have dropped dramatically. Therefore, promoting physical activity enrolment aiming health issues across the lifespan has definitely become one of the main issues of much of health and physical activity programs. Despite the consensus regarding the importance and the benefits of physical activity in promoting health and well-being issues, the enrolment in such activity is not trivial and is influenced by many issues. Physical activity towards health promotion must be understood as a process, in which must be developed throughout a long process, a lifespan approach. There is also the need to develop, direct, and promote health programs for people with disabilities and special needs. Finally, there is the need to understand the positive effects of proficiency in early motor skills and the enrolment in regular physical activities and sport activities throughout the life. These three main issues will be presented and discussed in this symposium.


Geert Savelsbergh1.Geert Savelsbergh (NLD) - is the Desmond Tutu chair for Youth, Sport and Reconciliation, Head of the Motor Learning and Performance group at Research Institute MOVE Amsterdam. In the period of 1991-1996, he was a research fellow of the Royal Netherland Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2008 he received an honour doctorate of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Ghent, Belgium. At the moment he is scientific coordinator of the Amsterdam Institute of Sport Science. His research interest is in fundamental research with respect the visual regulation of movement, but also in applied research from a perception-action perspective. Concepts like anticipation, patron recognition in sports as football, tennis, golf and sailing has his attention. Especially for talent development. He has published over 190 papers in international peer reviewed scientific journals and recently a book about talent development entitled ‘Athletic Skills Model for optimal talent development’ . He is the editor of the Infant behavior and Development, associate editor of International Journal of Sport Psychology. He (co)-supervised 25 PhD projects and currently supervises PhD projects in Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, United Kingdom and South-Africa. He has international teaching experience (Belgium; Brasil; Germany; Italy; Norway; Portugal; United Kingdom).

Title Presentation: Athletic Skills Model: A new innovative program for optimizing healthy talent development

Peter Bukhala2.Peter Bukhala (KEN). Holds a Masters degree in APA from McGill university- Canada and a PhD in APA from Kenyatta University –Kenya. His expertise is in programme planning for inclusive physical activities. He has been instrumental in the development of the Adapted Physical Activity programmes in Kenyan universities. He developed the first inclusive Camp Shriver programme that brings together learners with intellectual disabilities and their able-bodied peers to learn physical activities at Kenyatta University. This programme has been documented and shown by Reuters across Africa. Peter has been a member of the International Paralympic Committee - Sports Science Committee for the last four years and a member of the Global steering committee for the development of the Special Olympics strategic plan 2010-2015. He teaches disability sports and has supervised and mentored many students at Masters and PhD levels in the area of Adapted Physical Activity. He is currently the acting Registrar Administration at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology-Kenya, a position that has enabled him to champion for more inclusion of students with disabilities into the university and the communit.

Title Presentation: Physical activity and health for persons with disability across the lifespan: developing nations perspective