THE ATHLETIC APE: MERGING HUMAN EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY WITH SPORTS SCIENCE


October 17-21, 2023
Erice, Sicily, ITALY


Workshop Organizers

Conference goals

Danny Longman (Loughborough University, UK)
Stefano Parmigiani (Università di Parma, Italy)
Davide Ponzi (Università di Parma, Italy)

Purpose of the Workshop

Conference goals

Why is regular physical activity essential for optimal health? How has our evolutionary past shaped how we respond to exercise today? How can an evolutionary perspective of physical activity inform approaches to maximizing athletic performance?

Regular physical activity is essential for health, and, of course, for high-level athletic performance. Sports and medical sciences have made tremendous progress in furthering our understanding of the proximate mechanisms explaining how regular exercise links to both health and athletic performance. However, a coherent theory explaining why (a) regular exercise is so crucial to our health and (b) our physiology responds the way it does to exercise remains absent.

We propose that an evolutionary perspective is key to addressing this fundamental limitation. Contemporary human physiology is the product of millions of years of evolution. As a result, consideration of our evolutionary history is necessary to address the ultimate mechanisms providing a deeper understanding of why our biology is the way it is. The workshop aims to provide a forum to discuss the value of applying an evolutionary perspective to enhance both health and athletic performance.

Speakers & Topics

Ann E Caldwell

University of Colorado

Daniela Caporossi

University of Rome-Foro Italico

Arran Davis

Oxford University

Eimar Dolan

Universidade de Sao Paulo

Kirsty J Elliott-Sale

Nottingham Trent University

Lewis James

Loughborough University

Grazyna Jasienska

Jagiellonian University

Daniel Lieberman

Harvard University

Danny Longman

Loughborough University

Marcello Maggio

University of Parma

Frank Marino

Charles Sturt University

Davide Ponzi

University of Parma

David Raichlen

University of Southern California Dornsife

Jay T. Stock

Western University Canada

Alex Wadley

University of Birmingham

Jonathan Wells

University College London

Registration and Abstract Submission