George Skafidas

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Club:Charnwood/Loughborough Students/Greece
Region:East Midlands

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George graduated in Physical Education & Sport & Exercise Sciences at Aristotle University Thessaloniki Greece in 1994. After working as a physical conditioning coach since 1991 he attended a pre-MSc course at Loughborough University and then was awarded a PhD in Sports Sciences interdisciplinary Coaching, Physiology, Biomechanics, Biochemistry from The National Sports Academy Vassil Levski University Sofia Bulgaria.

George‘s work (teaching, lecturing) is in Physical Education & Sports Sciences but his main expertise is in Physical Conditioning, Coaching, Physiology, Biomechanics, Biochemistry and the applications of these fields to athletic performance, sports injury and human health (research, coaching, consultancy). George teaches Physical Education, (holds a QTS), musculoskeletal anatomy and function and Physiology within a variety of modules.

He is an Associate Member of UKSC, a member of BASES and Sports Coach UK, a Diploma Member of ISRM and an International Member of NSCA. He is interested in a range of sports, but particularly athletics, weight lifting, football, basketball, volleyball, handball, swimming, wrestling, tennis that he coaches at international level.

His interest in notational analysis developed during his postgraduate studies in Loughborough UK 1995-1998. When moved back to Greece, he contributed to the early evidence showing the link between the training protocols used in Basketball and the real demands of the game 1998-2005. Dr G Skafidas was credited from many in his country for the golden era of sports such athletics, weightlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, football basketball, volleyball etc in 1990s – 2000s. In 2005, after the Olympic games & after eleven years of teaching physical education & physical conditioning coaching at his home city of Larissa, he moved to Leicestershire (Loughborough) UK and then to Lincolnshire UK where did teaching PE & coaching a variety of sports & individuals.

He has extensive experience in sport from participation to performance coaching in the UK, Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus including 21 years work in athletics and in professional football, basketball and volleyball for a range of clubs.

Dr G Skafidas has been guest & visiting lecturing in higher education since 2003, during which time he gained his PhD in Coaching. He is currently a Level 4 Performance Analysis Scientist with ISPAS.

His main interests are in physiological aspects of physical activity, the parameter of strength in physical conditioning context, analysis of sports activities and sports performance measurement. Initially focused on physiological aspects of sports, George has broadened his approach to include studies of the motor learning and sports analysis, including the investigation of the basketball match analysis of the activities, as well as the motor learning study in football. Recent work includes an intervention to compare types and characteristics of different types of strength amongst different sports.

In athletics George in consultancy, coaching, assistant coaching & supervising capacity holds more than 40 major medals (European, World Champs & Olympic Games in throwing, jumping & running events.

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