ICASS Congress 2017
1st International Congress of Applied Sports Sciences (ICASS)
Bulgaria, Sofia, National Sports Academy
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
The First International Scientific Congress of Applied Sports Sciences (ICASS) was organised by the National Sports Academy 'Vassil Levski' (NSA) and was held in Sofia, on 1-2 December, 2017. This Congress was dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the National Sports Academy, and was a platform for presenting and discussing the latest research in physical education and sport science.
A huge moment for me, as this was my first oral presentation at a Parallel Session in an international conference. I presented our latest study in the parallel sessions of the ICASS Congress in Sofia on the 2nd of December 2017. The fidings were part of our physical activity assessment, which was conducted on primary school children earlier in 2017. In addition to that, we submitted a full-length article, which was reviewed and published in the Proceeding Book of the International Scientific Congress 'Applied Sports Sciences' 2017.
Physical activity assessment using a modified PAQ-C questionnaire
Presentation in the Parallel Sessions
ICASS Congress 2017
1st International Congress of Applied Sports Sciences
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ASSESSMENT USING A MODIFIED PAQ-C QUESTIONNAIRE
Physical activity plays an important role in a child’s development and is a powerful indicator of their health and well-being, and its assessment is an essential part of monitoring and surveillance in schools. The aim of this study was to measure and assess general levels of physical activity amongst Bulgarian and English children by applying a self-reported questionnaire.
In total, 94 participants (30 girls and 31 boys from Bulgaria, and 15 girls and 18 boys from England) between the ages of 7 and 10 took part in this study. They were divided into four groups, depending on their nationality and gender. Weight, height and waist circumference were measured, and BMI and Waist-to-Height ratio were calculated. The Z-scores and percentile scores for weight, height and BMI were calculated and assessed using WHO software. Physical activity was measured by a PAQ-C questionnaire, which was adapted and modified for the purposes of this study, and one-way ANOVA was applied to analyse all of the data.
Age, BMI Z-score and BMI percentile score differ significantly (p<0.05). Moreover, the final scores of the PAQ-C showed significant differences between English children (3.17±0.67 for girls and 3.41±0.62 for boys) and Bulgarian children (2.66±0.26 and 2.89±0.28), (p<0.001). There was no difference between overweight and obese (n=38) and healthy children in terms of the PAQ-C score.
Further research needs to be carried out on the Bulgarian population in order to obtain national physical activity standards for children and adolescents.
Presenting Author: Stefan Kolimechkov
Date & time: 2 December 2017, 9:00 am
Parallel Session 'Health and Fitness', National Sports Academy, Hall A5
Chairs: Assoc. Prof. Zdravko Stefanov PhD & Assist. Prof. Stefka Djobova PhD
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GALLERY, ICASS Sofia 2017
Here I am at the 1st ICASS Congress in Sofia, 1-2 December 2017
International Congress of Applied Sports Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria 2017.
Researchers from 17 countries took part at the 1st ICASS Congress in Sofia, Bulgaria, 2017.
Opening Ceremony at the 1st International Congress of Applied Sports Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria 2017.
The European Heavyweight Champion in Professional Boxing, Kubrat Pulev sharing his experience at the Opening Ceremony.
And here I am as a PhD student from the Department of Physiology and Biochemistry of the NSA, presenting at the Parallel Session 'Health and Fitness' at the 1st ICASS Congress.
This was a moment of a lifetime... My first presentation at a Parallel Session in an international conference.
Presenting the anthropometric data from our study 'Physical activity assessment using a modified PAQ-C questionnaire' at the 1st ICASS Congress in Sofia.
Stefan Kolimechkov at the 2017 ICASS Congress (National Sports Academy, Sofia).
Questions and Answers Session after my presentation at the 2017 ICASS Congress.
Answering questions at the Parallel sessions of the ICASS Congress chaired by Assoc. Prof. Zdravko Stefanov PhD and Assist. Prof. Stefka Djobova PhD.
Assist. Prof. Stefka Djobova PhD expressed her thoughts on our research, ICASS Congress Sofia 2017.
After putting our arguments forward, in addition to a productive discussion, we completed the session with a smile :)
At the National Sports Academy in Sofia, 2017.
Hare I am at the Poster Discussions of the 1st ICASS Congress in Sofia.
Together with my collegues from the University of Zagreb, Croatia.
Great experience at the 1st ICASS Congress in Sofia.
At the Gala Spectacular after the Congress, which has marked 75 Years since the establishment of the National Sports Academy, Sofia.
Gala Ceremony for the 75th Anniversary of the NSA at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia.
This amazing Gala Spectacle showed one of the best moments in the history of the Bulgarian sport and culture, and closed the 1st ICASS Congress in Sofia. Thank You! It was incredible.
How to cite this study:
The complete findings were reviewed and published in the Proceeding Book of the International Scientific Congress 'Applied Sports Sciences' 2017, so you can cite the article as follows:
Kolimechkov S., Petrov L. & Alexandrova A. (2017). Physical activity assessment using a modified PAQ-C questionnaire. In T. Iancheva (Ed.), International Scientific Congress 'Applied Sports Sciences' 2017 (pp. 346-350). Sofia, Bulgaria: NSA Press.