2nd ASPIRE SPORT SCIENCE CONFERENCE

“Monitoring Athlete Training Loads - The Hows and Whys”

23rd to 25th February 2016, Doha QATAR

Speaker Profiles

Prof. Carl Foster

Professor of Exercise and Sport Science, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, USA

Carl Foster, Ph.D., FACSM is a Professor of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a Visiting Professor of Human Movement Sciences at the VU University-Amsterdam. He did his graduate work at the University of Texas-Austin, and his post-doctoral work at Ball State University. Throughout his career he has worked both in clinical exercise physiology and in top sport physiology. For 30 years he was the primary scientific support person for U.S. Speed skating. His CV lists ~400 published papers, chapters, books and videos. From 1993-2003 he was an Associate Editor for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and from 2009 to 2013 he was the Editor of the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. In 2005-2006 he was the President of the American College of Sports Medicine, and is currently the Treasurer of ACSM.


Prof. Martin Buchheit

Head of Performance, Paris Saint Germain Football Club

Martin started work in July 2014 as the Head of the Performance Department at Paris Saint Germain Football Club (France). He previously worked as a Football Physiologist at ASPIRE Academy in Qatar (2009-2014). Martin holds two Masters degrees, one in Research & Exercise Physiology and Statistics and another in Strength and Conditioning. He also has a PhD in Exercise Physiology. He has worked as Strength & Conditioning Coach for several years in professional team Handball (men, women and youth French national teams) and has been the Strength & Conditioning consultant for several federations and professional teams (soccer, handball, basketball, rugby, AFL) and individual athletes (triathletes, runners, cyclists, swimmers). Martin’s main research interests focus on assessing, improving and monitoring the physiological determinants of soccer performance. He has also performed some research on acute and chronic responses to hypoxic and/or heat exposure, and their possible effects on the physiological aspects of team sports. Martin has published more than 135 papers in peer-reviewed journals, with more than 90 as a first author.


Dr. Darren Burgess

Director of High Performance, Port Adelaide Football Club

Darren has been High Performance Manager at Port Adelaide Football (AFL) Club since November 2012. Prior to this he was Head of Fitness and Conditioning at Liverpool Football Club, starting immediately after the 2010 Football World Cup. From 2008 till the World Cup in 2010 Darren was employed as Head of Sports Science for the Football Federation of Australia as well as the Australian Soccer Team’s Fitness Coach. He previously worked as Head of High Performance Manager at Port Adelaide Football Club (2004-2007) and Assistant Fitness Coach with Sydney Swans in the AFL (1997-2000), as well as Head Fitness Coach with the Parramatta Power in the Australian National Soccer League (2002-2004). He also worked as a lecturer in Exercise Science at Australian Catholic University between 1997 and 2005 and completed his PhD in movement analysis of AFL and Soccer in 2012. Darren has had multiple papers published in peer review journals and has spoken at many international conferences. He is also a Nike Sparq Performance Expert.


Dr. Marco Cardinale

Head of Sports Physiology of Aspire Academy in Doha (Qatar).

Marco has been the Head of Sports Physiology at ASPIRE Academy since June 2013. Before joining ASPIRE, Marco led the Sports Science activities for the preparation of Team GB at the Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Olympic Games. A widely published and cited author in the scientific literature on various aspects of human performance, he has also patented an innovative exercise device consisting of a vibratory biofeedback system which received research awards from NEStech and the Design Council in the UK. He has been an invited speaker in scientific conferences and coaching clinics in 21 countries. In 2011 he was awarded the honour of "Cavaliere dello sport pontino" by the Italian Olympic Committee for his services to international sports. Marco still holds two honorary academic appointments one at University College London in the department of computer sciences and ISEH and one at the University of Aberdeen in the School of Medical Sciences. He has been an advisor to various companies (e.g. Nike, Polar Electro, Medisport and Technogym), government agencies (e.g. the European Space Agency) and professional sport organizations and national governing bodies in 5 countries (USA, Italy, Spain, Sweden, UK). He is currently a member of the scientific commission of the Italian Track and Field Federation and an associate editor for: The European Journal of Sports Science and the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness.


Dr. Jos J. de Koning

Associate Professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Jos J. de Koning Ph.D., FACSM, is associate professor at the Department of Human Movement Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (USA). His research interests range from biomechanical modelling to high performance exercise physiology. He has (co-)authored >100 peer-reviewed publications and presented at 74 international conferences with keynote lectures at the ISB, IOC World Congress and ACSM meetings. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sport Medicine and he is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance and the European Journal of Sport Science. He worked extensively on pacing strategies and he is the world’s expert on the biomechanics and physiology of speed skating. He was involved in the development and introduction of the innovative ‘klapskate’ in competitive speed skating. Recently he initiated the AMBRURO Training Monitoring Study in which training and overreaching is studied in a real world setting.


Prof. Aaron Coutts

Professor in Sport & Exercise Science

Aaron is a Professor in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). He has published more than 120 scientific papers which focus on improving our understanding of the factors that affect performance in team sports. He has specific interest in conducting applied research and providing evidence-based recommendations for athlete monitoring, performance analysis and training design. Aaron currently consults to several top-level professional sporting teams and is a member of International Advisory Board for the Nike Performance Council. He has also been the recipient of an Australian Teaching and Learning Citation for outstanding contributions to student learning in sport and exercise sciences. He is also an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance and the Journal of Sports Sciences: Science and Medicine in Football. Aaron is also an accredited Sport Scientist and a Director of Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).


Dr. Tim Gabbett

Sport Scientist

Tim has 20 years’ experience working as an applied sport scientist with athletes and coaches from a wide range of sports. He holds a PhD in Human Physiology (2000) and has completed a second PhD in the ‘Applied Science of Professional Football’ (2011), with special reference to physical demands, injury prevention, and skill acquisition. Tim has worked with elite international athletes over several Commonwealth Games (2002 and 2006) and Olympic Games (2000, 2004, and 2008) cycles. He continues to work as a sport science consultant and advisor for several high performance teams around the world. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and has presented at over 100 national and international conferences.


Prof. Warren Gregson

Senior Physiologist, Aspire Academy & QFA, Qatar

Warren is currently Senior Physiologist in Aspire Academy (Football Performance & Science Department) and the Qatar Football Association (National Team Physiologist) and has previously worked as a sports science advisor (performance physiologist) to a number of elite clubs and national football associations. Warren is also a Professor of Applied Exercise Physiology in the Football Exchange and Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University and has published over 65 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals. Current research interests include the mechanisms underpinning post exercise recovery interventions and their influence on performance restoration and training adaptation. Other research interests are focused within applied science and soccer and include player loading (match-play and training) and the development of strategies for monitoring player fatigue.


Prof. Michael Kellmann

Professor of Sport Psychology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Prof. Dr. Michael Kellmann is Head of Unit of Sport Psychology at the Faculty of Sport Science at Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany). Prior to his current role, he was Senior Lecturer holding a joint appointment with the Schools of Human Movement Studies and Psychology at the University of Queensland (Australia). Michael served six years on the Executive Board of the German Association of Sport Psychology and is currently on the editorial board of The Sport Psychologist and the Deutsche Zeitschrift für Sportmedizin. Michael’s current research activities include overtraining prevention and recovery enhancement, sport psychological diagnostics and intervention, coach behaviour during competition and practice, as well as personality and performance competence of coaches in sports. Michael's work has appeared in several publications. He is co-author of ‘Recovery-Stress Questionnaire for Athletes: User Manual’ and edited the book’ Enhancing Recovery: Preventing Underperformance in Athletes’ both published by Human Kinetics (USA).


Dr. Dave Martin

Director Performance Research and Development, Philadelphia 76ers

Dr. David T. Martin is currently the Director of Performance Research and Development for the Philadelphia 76ers (Professional Basketball). Previous to this appointment Dr. Martin was a Senior Sport Scientist at the Australian Institute of Sport, a position he accepted in1994. Dr. Martin has more than 25 years of experience working with elite coaches and athletes and is an adjunct associate professor at Edith Cowan University and the University of Canberra. Dr. Martin has more than 100 peer reviewed scientific publications, 10 book chapters and articles in popular cycling magazines. As the National Sports Science Coordinator for Cycling Australia, Dr. Martin has taken on a leadership role in providing support for Australian Cycling teams preparing for the 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. Dr. Martin has collaborated with Australian and US Special Forces Soldiers in the area of selecting and training unique individuals that can performance in demanding environments.


Dr. Alberto Mendes-Villanueva

Senior Football Strength & Conditioning Coach, Aspire Academy, Qatar

Dr. Alberto Mendez-Villanueva is a senior football strength & conditioning coach at ASPIRE Academy, which he joined in 2007. He is also the strength & conditioning coach and sport scientist of the Qatar Football Association U23 squad where he prepares the future Qatari football starts to compete in the World Cup 2022 to be hosted in Qatar. Alberto has published more than 70 peer-reviewed research papers in leading sports science and medicine journals and has been an invited speaker to many sport science conferences and training courses. He holds a PhD in Sports Science and a MSc in Exercise Physiology.


Assoc Prof. Inigo Mujika

Associate Professor, University of the Basque Country

Iñigo earned his PhD’s in Biology of Muscular Exercise (University of Saint-Etienne, France) and Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (University of The Basque Country). He is a Level III Swimming and Triathlon Coach. His research interests include training methods, recovery, tapering, detraining and overtraining. Iñigo has performed extensive research on professional cycling, swimming, running, triathlon, rowing, tennis, football and water polo. He has published over 100 articles in peer reviewed journals, 5 books and 30 book chapters, and has given 270 lectures in international conferences. Iñigo has been a Senior Physiologist at the A.I.S., Euskaltel Euskadi Pro Cycling Team, Athletic Club Bilbao professional football club, Araba Sport Clinic and the Spanish Swimming Federation. He is now Associate Professor at the University of the Basque Country, Associate Researcher at Finis Terrae University in Chile, and Associate Editor for the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.


Mr. Andrew Murray

Senior Sports Physiologist, Aspire Academy, Qatar

Andrew is the Senior Sports Physiologist at Aspire Academy in Doha, Qatar where he primarily supports the athletics programme. He was formerly the Senior Sports Physiologist at the sportscotland institute of sport where he provided scientific support in the preparation of athletes across multiple sports including field hockey, rugby 7s and swimming for the Commonwealth and Olympic Games (2009-2014). Prior to this he was Sport Scientist for Heart of Midlothian Football Club in the Scottish Premier League (2006-2008) and wrote and delivered coach education programmes for the Scottish Football Association.


Dr. William Sands

Associate Member, Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Sport and Exercise Science

William is currently an Associate Member of Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre for Sport and Exercise Science. He served as professor at East Tennessee State University, National Director of Education at the NSCA, Director Human Performance Laboratory at Colorado Mesa University. At the U.S. Olympic Committee, he was Recovery Center Leader, Head of Sport Biomechanics and Engineering, and Senior Physiologist. He was associate Professor at the University of Utah’s Department of Exercise and Sport Science, Co-Director Motor Behavior Research Laboratory, adjunct in Bioengineering and Physical Therapy. He was Department Chair of Exercise Science & Sports Medicine at California Lutheran University and Director of the Human Performance Laboratory. He has written 11 books, 28 chapters, >300 articles, and received >35 professional awards. He is a Fellow of the ACSM, Athlete Recovery Specialist, Emergency Medical Technician, and Wilderness EMT. He was also a World Championship coach and produced several Olympians.


Prof. Stephen Seiler

Dean, Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway

Trained in the United States, but living and working in Norway for 20 years, Stephen is best known internationally for his research and writing related to the organization of endurance training and intensity distribution. This work has included both descriptive and experimental approaches, investigating cyclists, rowers, XC skiers, orienteers, and distance runners. His work has influenced and catalyzed international research around training intensity distribution and the “polarized training model” as well as methodological approaches to quantifying the training process. Seiler has published over 75 peer reviewed publications, and written over 100 popular science articles related to exercise physiology and the training process. Stephen has been invited lecturer for Olympic Federations and sport governing bodies across Europe, the United States, China, and Australia. He is a founding editorial board member of the International Journal of Sport Physiology and Performance, and founder of the ECSS Elite Sport Performance special interest group.


Dr. Matthew Varley

Research Coordinator - Football Performance & Science, Aspire Academy, Qatar.

Matthew is the Research Coordinator in Aspire Academy (Football Performance and Science Department). He was previously a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology in the College of Sport and Exercise Science at Victoria University, and holds a position as an adjunct fellow through the university’s Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living. He has experience with the Victorian Institute of Sport and has provided sports science advice for several elite sporting clubs in Australia including Melbourne Victory, Melbourne Heart and Perth Glory Football Clubs and Western Bulldogs Football Club. Matthew also coordinated a research partnership with Football Federation Victoria where he helped establish sports science support for a number of youth development squads. Matthew’s research interests include match analysis, athlete monitoring and the use of technology in sport.


Mr. Rod Whiteley

Assistant Director of the Rehabilitation Department, Aspetar, Qatar

Rod Whiteley is a specialist sports physiotherapist with over 25 years’ clinical experience. Initially working in Rugby League, Rugby Union, and Baseball, his PhD examined throwing-related injury to the shoulder where he first began considering load volumes as important performance and injury factors. In the last 5 years he has worked at Aspetar Sports Medicine Hospital where he has increasingly looked to include examination of player match and training load, and especially the response to these imposed loads, as critical features for both rehabilitation and performance enhancement.