Panhellenic Association of Sports Economists and Managers (PASEM)


The Sports Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER)



4th International Conference on

Fitness, Health & Active Living

8-9 May 2008

Athens, Greece




Organizing and Scientific Committee


·         Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President and Director, ATINER & President PASEM.

·         Dr. Nicholas Pappas, Vice-President, ATINER & Associate Professor, Sam Houston State University, USA.

·         Dr. Chris Sakellariou, Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore & General Secretary of ATINER.

·         Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis, Head, Politics & International Affairs Research Unit, ATINER & International Studies Program Director, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, USA.

·         Dr. Gregory A. Katsas, Head, Sociology Research Unit, ATINER & Associate Professor, the American College of Greece-Deree College, Greece.

·         Dr. Panagiota (Nota) Klentrou, Academic Member, ATINER & Professor, Brock University, Canada.

·         Dr. Cleopatra Veloutsou, Lecturer in Marketing, Department of Business and Management, University of Glasgow, Scotland, Head, Marketing Research Unit, ATINER & Member of The Executive Committee of PASEM.

·         Marios Vasilopoulos, President of the Academy of Tourism Research & Studies, Athens, Greece.

·         Mr. George Boletis, Deputy Manager, Attiko Metro S.A., Greece & Member of the Executive Committee of PASEM.

·         Dr. Vasilios Filios Associate Professor, University of Ioannina, Agrinio, Greece Head, Accounting & Finance Research Unit, ATINER & Member of the Executive Committee of PASEM.

·         Dr. Marina Stefania Giannakaki, Deputy Head of the Education Research Unit and Elected Member of the Executive Committee, ATINER, Greece.

·         Dr. Margarita Kefalaki, Researcher, ATINER.


Organized by: ATINEP A.E. (

Administration: Fani Balaska, Eirini Lentzou, Thomas Papanikos, Sylia Sakka



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Conference Program


Thursday, May 8th, 2008

(The time for each session includes a 10 minutes coffee break)


08:30-09:30 Registration


09:30 – 10:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

·         Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, PASEM and ATINER

·         Dr. Panagiota (Nota) Klentrou, Academic Member, ATINER & Professor, Brock University, Canada.


10:00-12:00 Session 1: Health Behaviours and Outcomes Across the Lifespan

Chair: Dr. Klentrou, P., Academic Member, ATINER & Professor, Brock University, Canada.


1.      Hacker, C.M., Professor, Pacific Lutheran University, USA & McConnell, K., Associate Professor, Pacific Lutheran University, USA. Examining Complexities among Active Women and Athletes: Body Image, Weight, Nutrition and Performance.

  1. Hawkins, B., Professor, Indiana University, USA, Harahousou, Y., Professor, University of Thrace, Greece & Binkley, A., Lecturer, Victoria University, Australia. Health, Activity and Life Satisfaction of Older Adults in Greece, the United States, and Australia: A Comparative Analysis.
  2. Raingruber, B., Director of the Center for Health and Human Services Research at California State University, Sacramento, USA & Robinson, C., University of California Davis Medical Center, USA. The Effectiveness of Yoga, Tai Chi, and Reiki Healing Retreats in Lowering Nurse’s Stress Levels.

4.      Shishani, K., Assistant Professor, The Hashemite University, Jordan & Nawafleh, H., Assistant Professor, Mu’tah University, Jordan. Jordanian Nurses and Psysicians Learning Needs for Smoking Cessation Counseling. (Thursday, May 8th 2008).

5.      Sobocanec, S., Researcher, Rudjer Boskovic Institute, Croatia, Balog T., Researcher, Rudjer Boskovic Institute, Croatia, Sverko, V., Researcher, Rudjer Boskovic Institute, Croatia, Krolo I., Researcher, University Hospital “Sestre Milosrdnice”, Croatia, Rocic, B., Researcher, Institute for Diabetes “Vuk Vrhovac”, Croatia, Marotti, M., Researcher, University Hospital “Sestre Milosrdnice”, Croatia, Marotti, T., Scientist, Rudjer Boskovic Institute, Croatia. The Influence of Season on Oxidant-Antioxidant Status in Trained and Sedentary Subjects.

6.      Bogdana, N., Assistant professor, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Romania. Dietary Fibres Intake and Breast Cancer Risk among the Romanian Females- Case-Control Study.


12:00-14:00 Session 2: Strength, Stretching and Conditioning 

Chair: Kefalaki, M., Researcher, ATINER.


  1. Docherty, D., Professor, University of Victoria, Canada. Influence of Different Sit Up Techniques on Abdominal and Hip Flexor Muscle Activation.
  2. Johanson, M., Assistant Professor and Assistant Director, Emory University School of Medicine, USA. Influences of Gender and Stretching Exercises on Gastrocnemius Muscle Activity During Gait.
  3. Murray, S., Professor, Mesa State College, USA, Reeder, M., Physician, Western Orthopedies, USA, Udermann, B., Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin, USA & Pettitt, R., Assistant Professor, California State University, USA. High-Risk Stress Fractures: A Case Study and Critical Review.
  4. Steinberg, G., Associate Professor, Austin Peay State University, USA. The Importance of Eye Dominance for Individualizing Sport Skill Instruction. (Thursday, May 8th 2008)

5.      Theodorides, H., Assistant Professor, California State University Sacramento, USA. A Proposed College Undergraduate Strength and Conditioning Program.

6.      Nakostin Roohi B., Ph.D., Islamic Azad University, Ardebil Branch, Iran. Effect of two Types of Vitamin C Supplementation on Exercise-induced Lipid Peroxidation and Muscle Damage.



14:00 – 15:00 Lunch 







Friday, May 9th, 2008

(The time for each session includes a 10 minutes coffee break)


10:00 – 12:00 Session 3: Physical Activity and Health Promotion in Youth

Chair: Giannakaki, M-S, Deputy Head of the Education Research Unit and Elected Member of the Executive Committee, ATINER, Greece


1.      Chong, E., Associate Professor, George Mason University, USA & Jung, L., PhD Student, George Mason University, USA. Gender differences in Health Promotion among College Students.

2.      Klentrou, P., Professor, Brock University, Canada; Flouris, A.D., Research Associate, Aird, J.R., Student & Cieslak, T. PhD Candidate, Brock University, Canada. Secretory immunity and frequecy of upper respiratory tract infections in relation to salivary cortisol and physical activity in University students

3.      Kretschmann, R., Assistant Professor, University of Stuttgart, Germany. Intervention Mapping as a Method for Planning Health Promotion Programs in School From a Sport Pedagogical View.

4.      Marie, A., Associate Professor, Mid Sweden University, Sweden. Self-Related Health, Sports, Physical Activity Level and Body Complaints in Swedish High Schools Students.

5.      Pawlinska-Chmara, R., Assistant Professor, Opole University, Poland & Wronka, I., Assistant Professor, Jagiellonian University, Poland Physical Activity, Dietary Habits and Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity among Students in Poland.




12:00-14:00 Session 4: Policy Development in Physical Education and Health
Chair:  Dr. Klentrou, P., Academic Member, ATINER & Professor, Brock University, Canada.


1.    Bajracharya, S., Associate Professor, Ithaca College, USA. Environmental Sustainability: An Ethical Response to Teaching Sustainable Health and Wellness.

2.    Carpenter, C., Second Physical Education-Subject Leader, Canterbury Christ Church University, England. Investigating Physical Education Teachers’ Implicit Theories of Learning: A case study set in a Specialist Sports College in England.

3.    Colon, G., Associate Professor, Eastern Michigan University, USA. Examination of Physical Education Teachers’ Perceived Preparation and Perceived Competence to Teach.

4.    Constantinou, P., Assistant Professor, Ithaca College, USA. Enhancing Your Physical Education Program by Using a Tactical Approach.

5.    Hronek, B., Professor, Indiana University, USA & Jamieson, L., Professor, Indiana University, USA. Legal Ramifications of the Developing International Health and Fitness Tourism Industry.


14:00 – 15:00 Lunch



19:00 - 20:00 DINNER




Saturday, May 10th, 2008

Tour: Departure at 08:30 Return at 16:30


Sunday, May 11th, 2008

CRUISE: Departure at 07:55 Return at 20:30