International Association of Sciences in Medicine and Sports (IASMS)

Internationale Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften in der Medizin und im Sport 



Ultrasound courses for scientific partners of the IASMS

The goal of the course can be obtained in two days, provided that participants have studied the basic publication (including the appendix) on Subcutaneous fat patterning in athletes: selection of appropriate sites and standardisation of a novel ultrasound technique (Müller W. et al. Br J Sports Med 2016;50:45-54). This publication summarises the scientific background of this method (each participant will receive a copy of this publication). Preceding experience with diagnostic ultrasound is advantageous.

First part: Working with the NISOS ® - BCA or NISOS ® - MED software (using given ultrasound (US) images). Marking of the eight standardised sites for US measurements of subcutan us adipose tissue (SAT). Getting started with the US system and US measurement technique for measuring SAT. Image evaluations of the US measurement technique. Accuracy and reproducibility obtainable with US (see: Br J Sports Med 2016).

Second part: How to use the meta-data protocol sheet (personal and anthropometric data, kind of sport, level). Marking test persons and recording their personal and anthropometric data. Capturing of two US image series (two test persons, eight sites each) US image evaluations of the two captured US image series. Comparison of results (inter-observer comparisons, elimination of errors). Usage of all features of the NISOS ® - BCA or NISOS ® - MED software. Discussion of study ideas and the impact of this novel US technique for scientific lab and field studies.

Course participants will investigate additional ten persons after the course (recommended in the month after the course) in their home institute and send the obtained files to the course leader who will check the images and give feedback. The improved image evaluations will then be sent to Rotosport/IASMS and will be double-checked by a scientific board member of the IASMS (IASMS will then send the certifications to the participants). The certification makes sure that the participant is able to capture US images of SAT in accordance with the standardised method description (Br J Sports Med 2016) and that she/he is able to obtain the high accuracy and reproducibility possible with this new method.

Certifications are issued by the IASMS.



UA  Upper abdomen

LA  Lower abdomen

FT  Front thigh

LT  Lateral thigh

MC  Medial calf

ES  Erector spinae

DT  Distal triceps

BR  Brachioradialis

NISOS ® - BCA software

NISOS ® - MED software