PhD in Sport Sciences , University of Coimbra.
Post-graduation in Sport Management ,Faculty of Human Motricity, Lisbon, Portugal.
Bachelor degree in Physical Education and Sport, University of Bucharest, Romania.
Basketball coach since 1981: professional league for 9 years, national team coach from 1989-2001.Coach educator since 1999.
Associate professor in the Faculty of Sport Sciences and Physical Education, university of Coimbra, Portugal, since 2003, where he teaches Sport Training and Sport Pedagogy at undergraduate, master and PhD levels.
Vice-dean of the faculty, in charge of international relations, member of the Portuguese Society of Physical Education/SPEF.
Published numerous papers in scientific peer-reviewed, impact factor journals. Editor of the faculty’s scientific journal (Annals of Research in Sport and Physical Activity).
Principal researcher in two projects on youth and school sport, funded by the national agency for science/FCT
Scientific interests: youth sport, sport pedagogy, impact of sport in the life of the youngsters.
The University of Coimbra is the oldest and one of the most prestigious in the Portuguese language countries. Although Portugal is a small country, Portuguese is the native language for more than 300 million and the University of Coimbra opens gates to Brasil and Africa.
The Faculty of Sport Sciences is the youngest in the university, offering a bachelor degree in Sport Science, one master degree in Physical Education, 3 master degrees in Sport Coaching, Adapted Physical Activity, Health, and a PhD in Sport Sciences. At the same time, the faculty has strong links with the community, especially with elementary and secondary schools, through the master in PE, and with sport clubs. We also have good collaborations with the good higher education institutions in the country.
Physical Education, Youth Sport and Pedagogy are needing international support for innovation and renewed social intervention. Coaching and Physical Education are still linked to traditional, behaviourist frameworks, based on competitive sport. The impact of recent research is not significant among practitioners.
The access to TGfU SIG resources and the collaboration with experienced researchers in the field around the world, would represent an opportunity for students, teachers and coaches to contact and study new ideas and methods to improve their activity. Also research itself can be fostered through master and PhD students from Portugal and Brasil.