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Heads of Laboratory for Sports Games:

Damir_Knjaz
Professor Damir Knjaz, PhD

Full Professor at the Faculty of Kinesiology University of Zagreb

Head of Laboratory for Sports Games

Department of Kinesiology of Sport

Course teacher BASKETBALL

Research fields

  • Diagnostics of basic and specific basketball skills in all age groups
  • Diagnostics of specific motor skills of basketball players from all age groups
  • Research on the effects of the training process on player efficiency in basketball
  • Research on the effects of physiological load on the quality of specific motor performances of various basketball skills

Teaching activity

  • Full professor in the course Basketball at the Faculty of Kinesiology University of Zagreb
  • Head of the study programme for Basketball at the Study Centre for Coach Education
  • Course teacher in the course Basketball at the professional study for coach education
  • In the period between January and June 2009, he took over as course teacher in the course “Men’s Basketball” at one of the most prestigious universities in the USA, Penn State University, which he conducted independently during the spring semester; in addition, he also spent time at the University of Sport in Oslo (Norway) and at the Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia), in the duration of one month on both occasions
  • He was a guest lecturer at the Beijing Sport University in China, at the Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic) and at the Gonzaga University in Washington (USA)

Scientific activity

  • He actively participated in over 30 scientific and professional conferences and congresses
  • He is project leader of the study “Impact of physiological load on the changes in certain kinematic parameters while performing specific motor skills in the field of basketball” and has participated in three scientific and research projects: “Mini Basketball”, “Health-related habits of sports coaches” and “Creating the Locomotion study Centre for excellence” by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia
  • He published over 120 scientific and professional papers

Professional activity

  • Basketball coach; FIBA certified coach (Licence No: 2008019865)
  • Co-founder of the Croatian Basketball Academy, as well as its president between 1999 and 2003
  • Currently holding the following functions: president of the Committee for Education and Research in Basketball at the Croatian Basketball Coaches Association, representative of the Croatian Basketball Federation in the FIBA Europe Youth Committee, member of the International Committee of NABC in the USA, as the only European member, and external member of the NABC Research Committee in the USA
  • Member of the Expert Programming Committee of the Zagreb Sports Federation
  • Member of the ECSS, Croatian Kinesiology Association, Zagreb Kinesiology Association, Croatian Ski Instructors and Trainers Association and International Ski Instructors Association
  • He was a lecturer in numerous basketball and other professional seminars and workshops in Croatia, Europe and worldwide
Tomislav_Rupčić1
Assistant Professor Tomislav Rupčić, PhD

Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Kinesiology University of Zagreb

Head of Laboratory for Sports Games

Department of Kinesiology of Sport

Course BASKETBALL

Research fields

  • Diagnostics of basic and specific basketball skills in all age groups
  • Diagnostics of specific motor skills of basketball players from all age groups
  • Research on the effects of the training process on player efficiency in basketball
  • Research on the effects of physiological load on the quality of specific motor performances of various basketball skills
  • Kinematic analysis of motor movements in other sports games and disciplines

Teaching activity

  • Lecturer at the integrated undergraduate and graduate university study of kinesiology (Basketball), part-time and full-time studies at the Study Centre for Coach Education at the Faculty of Kinesiology in Zagreb and at the doctoral study of kinesiology within the course “Sports and Sports Activities Research”
  • Lecturer in the course “Basketball” implemented in English as part of the Erasmus+ programme
  • He held many seminars as part of the basketball coach education programme in the Republic of Croatia

Scientific activity

  • He participated and presented his research in numerous international scientific conferences
  • Until now, he has published over 40 scientific papers in many domestic and foreign scientific journals
  • Project leader of scientific project: “Impact of physiological load on the changes in certain kinematic parameters while performing specific motor skills in the field of basketball “

Professional activity

  • He was active as a coach of younger basketball teams in BC Zagreb and BC Cedevita in Zagreb
  • Over the past ten years he has also been active (as coach and selector) in all young Croatian National Teams
  • Among more noticed results are the following: 5th place at the 2010 Men U18 European Championship in Lithuania; 1st place at the 2011 Men U16 European Championship in the Czech Republic, 2nd place at the 2013 Youth Olympics in the Netherlands, 2nd place at the Croatian National U16 Men’s Championship in 2014 with BC Zagreb, 3rd place at the Croatian National U16 Men’s Championship in 2015 with BC Cedevita, 2nd place at the 2016 European University Games with the team of the University of Zagreb
  • He also works with many basketball players as an individual coach for improving motor skills (technique) and specific physical fitness and motor preparation

Associates at the Laboratory for Sports Games:

Ljubomir_Antekolović
Professor Ljubomir Antekolović, PhD

Associate Professor at the Department of Athletics

Research fields

  • Biomechanical analysis in athletics
  • Diagnostics of motor and functional skills in athletics
  • Training methodology in athletics
  • Movement analysis in sports

Teaching activity

  • Teacher at the integrated undergraduate and graduate university study of kinesiology at the Faculty of Kinesiology in Zagreb in the course Track-and-Field and in the elective course Audio-visual Aids in Sports
  • Teacher in Athletics specialist courses at the Study Centre for Coach Education at the Faculty of Kinesiology in Zagreb

Scientific activity

  • He participated in domestic and international scientific conferences
  • He is an associate in three scientific projects by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports (project numbers: 034005, 0034209 and 034-0000000-2340)
  • As an author and co-author, he published over 70 scientific and professional papers

Professional activity

  • Transfer of scientific and expert knowledge into sports practice by collaborating with the expert team of the Croatian high jumper Blanka Vlašić (coaches – professor Joško Vlašić and Bojan Martinović) by way of analysis of her biomechanical performance
  • As a coach of physical conditioning, he also works with numerous athletes (Vlado Alanović, Goran Kalamiza, Gordan Giriček, Ivo Karlović, Nika Ožegović, Marin Čilić, etc.)

Marijo_Baković
Marijo Baković, PhD

Assistant at the Department of Athletics

Education

  • He finished elementary and secondary school in Zagreb and graduated from the Faculty of Kinesiology University of Zagreb
  • Currently a student at the Postgraduate doctoral study of kinesiology

Research fields

  • Diagnostics of basic and specific motor and functional skills in athletics
  • Biomechanical analysis of human locomotion in training and sports
  • Methodology and effects of athletic training and physical conditioning training
  • Research on the impact of training processes and the anthropological status of athletes on results in competitive sports

Teaching activity

  • Lecturer at the integrated undergraduate and graduate university study of kinesiology at the Faculty of Kinesiology University of Zagreb in the course Track-and-Field, courses from the elective module Track-and-Field and in the elective course Biomechanical analysis
  • Lecturer at the Study Centre for Coach Education at the Faculty of Kinesiology University of Zagreb
  • Licensed lecturer of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)

Scientific activity

  • He participated in numerous domestic and international scientific and professional conferences in the field of kinesiology and sports sciences
  • He has published a textbook on Athletics for coaches and kinesiology students, as well as over 15 scientific and professional papers in both domestic and foreign scientific journals
  • He is an associate in three scientific projects (Ministry of Science, Education and Sports and collaboration with economic entities)

Professional activity

  • Physical conditioning coach for athletes since 2005 (tennis, basketball, handball, football)
  • Coordinator of the Children’s Athletics Programme at the Croatian Athletics Federation
  • Member of the Science Committee at the Croatian Athletics Federation
  • He is also an adviser for athletic programmes for children and adolescents in the Croatian Academic Athletic Club Mladost

Vjekoslav_Cigrovski
Assistant Professor Vjekoslav Cigrovski, PhD

Assistant Professor in courses: Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing and module Skiing

Research fields

  • Diagnostics of basic and specific motor and functional skills of competitors in alpine skiing and cross-country skiing
  • Diagnostics of basic motor skills in competitive and recreational level alpine skiers and cross-country skiers
  • Biomechanical efficiency of alpine skiers and cross-country skiers at the competitive level
  • Knowledge on diet and dietary habits of athletes

Teaching activity

  • Teacher at the integrated undergraduate and graduate university study of kinesiology, both the part-time and full-time studies at the Study Centre for Coach Education for alpine skiing coaches at the Faculty of Kinesiology University of Zagrebu
  • He participates in training seminars for Alpine skiing teachers and coaches of the Republic of Croatia

Scientific activity

  • He participates domestic and international scientific and professional conferences where he presents the results of his research
  • As an associate – researcher he participated in the realisation of two projects approved by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports: «Biomechanical efficiency of top level Croatian athletes» – project leader: professor Mladen Mejovšek, PhD and «Nutritional knowledge and dietary habits in athletes» – project leader: professor Branka Matković, PhD
  • He published scientific papers from his research fields in domestic and foreign scientific journals

Professional activity

  • Since 2004 he has been active in the Sports Diagnostic Centre of the Faculty of Kinesiology University of Zagreb in measurements, analysis and interpretations of test results of the anthropological status in alpine skiers of all age categories
  • He was actively involved in the activities of the Skiing club Zagreb and the Croatian Association of Ski Instructors and Coaches

Tomislav_Đurković
Assistant Professor Tomislav Đurković, PhD

Assistant Professor in the course Volleyball

Research fields

  • Diagnostics in training of basic and specific characteristics and skills of male and female volleyball players in all age groups
  • Diagnostics of specific motor skills of male and female volleyball players in all age groups
  • Analysis of situational efficiency of male and female volleyball players in all age groups

Teaching activity

  • Between 2001 and 2003 he participated in the organization of classes at the undergraduate university study in the course Volleyball as an external associate
  • In 2003 he was employed at the Faculty of Kinesiology as an assistant at the undergraduate university study in the course Volleyball
  • He also takes part in the implementation of classes in the course Volleyball and at the Study Centre for Coach Education
  • He is the co-author of a textbook used at the undergraduate university study in the course Volleyball: “Teaching topics in volleyball for elementary schools – manual for Physical Education teachers”, a manual on “Volleyball” which is used at the undergraduate university study in the course Volleyball which is implemented in English, as well as the textbook: “Introduction to the specialisation of playing roles in volleyball” which is used in the implementation of classes at the Department for Coach Education at the Social Science Polytechnic in Zagreb (Volleyball)
  • As a member of the editorial he participated in the creation of the professional journal “Volleyball Coach”
  • He is currently employed as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Kinesiology University of Zagreb in the course Volleyball

Professional activity

  • During his studies he played volleyball in Zadar and as of 1999 he has been active as a coach

Activities as a coach

Club results

  • Academic Volleyball Club Mladost Zagreb – between 2000 and 2005
  • 2nd place at the U14 Men’s National Championship (head coach) in 2001
  • 1st place at the Men’s National Cup (assistant coach) in 2001
  • 1st place at the Men’s National Championship (assistant coach) in 2001
  • 1st place at the U14 Men’s National Championship (head coach) in 2002
  • 1st place at the U18 Men’s National Championship (assistant coach) in 2002
  • 1st place at the U14 Men’s National Championship (head coach) in 2003
  • 1st place at the U18 Men’s National Championship (head coach) in 2003
  • 1st place at the U14 Men’s National Championship (head coach) in 2004
  • 1st place at the Men’s National Cup (assistant coach) in 2004
  • 2nd place at the Men’s National Championship (assistant coach) in 2004
  • 1st place at the U18 Men’s National Championship (head coach) in 2004
  • 1st place at the U18 Men’s National Championship (head coach) in 2005
  • 1st place at the Men’s National Cup (assistant coach) in 2005
  • 2nd place at the Men’s National Championship (assistant coach) in 2005
  • Women’s Volleyball Club Azena Velika Gorica – between 2005 and 2009
  • 1/16 Round of the CEV Cup, competing in the Interleague in 2005
  • Final Four in the Cup Competition, 4th place at the U18 Men’s National Championship in 2006
  • 5th place at the Women’s National Championship – qualified for the CEV Cup in 2009
  • Volleyball Club Zagreb – between 2009 and 2012
  • 3rd place in the regular part of the National League; Quarterfinals of the National Championship in 2011
  • Croatian Academic Volleyball Club Mladost Zagreb – between 2013 and 2016
  • 1st place in the 2nd (B) Women’s National League in 2015
  • 1st place at the U18 Women’s National Championship (head coach) in 2016
  • 1st place at the U18 Women’s National Championship (head coach) in 2016
  • 2nd place in the 2nd (B) Women’s National League in 2016

National team results

  • In 2001 – assistant coach of the U18 Men’s National Team (Qualification games for the European Championship in Greece)
  • In 2002 – assistant coach of the U18 Men’s National Team (11th place at the European Championship in Poland)
  • In 2003 – head coach of the U16 Men’s National Team (8th place at the European Championship in Zagreb)
  • In 2003 – assistant coach of the U18 Men’s National Team (Qualification games for the World Championship in Bulgaria)
  • In 2004 – head coach of the Men’s University of Zagreb Team (1st place at the National University Championship in Rovinj and 1st place at the European University Championship in Portugal)
  • In 2005 – assistant coach of the Men’s National Team (trophy of Zagreb)
  • In 2008 – head coach of the Men’s University of Zagreb Team (1st place at the National University Championship in Crikvenica and Quarterfinals of the European University Championship in Italy)
  • In 2009 – head coach of the Women’s University of Zagreb Team (1st place at the National University Championship in Zagreb)

Scientific activity

He participated in numerous scientific and professional research and conferences, as evidenced by many written and published papers; he published 24 scientific papers published in scientific journals and conference proceedings, as well as 11 professional papers published in professional journals and conference proceedings; he also participated in two scientific and research projects


dsc_5571Professor Siniša Kovač, PhD

Associate Professor in courses Biomechanics and Corrective Gymnastics

Research fields

  • Biomechanical analysis of posture by using 3D technologies
  • Isokinetic diagnostics of muscle potentials with biomechanical analysis of the results
  • Kinematic diagnostics and analysis of movement structures in various sports
  • Biomechanical analysis of alpine skiing techniques by using dynamic and kinematic devices

Teaching activity

  • University professor of Biomechanics on the first and second level of studies – University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Sport and Physical Education;
  • University professor of Corrective Gymnastics on the first level of studies – University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Sport and Physical Education
  • Elected lecturer on the third level of studies (doctoral study) – in the course Kinesiometrics, University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Sport and Physical Education;
  • Elected lecturer in the specialization field for Physical Conditioning of Athletes – University of Zagreb, Faculty of Kinesiology
  • Lecturer in all courses for alpine skiing teachers and coaches in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Scientific activity

  • He actively participated by presenting his research in numerous international conferences and symposiums
  • He participated in many international research projects financed by the European Commission, both as a researcher and as a coordinator of the research, as well as the project author
  • He is the author of university textbooks in the field of Biomechanics and Applied Kinetics
  • He is also the author of a series of scientific papers (written between 1997 and today) published in indexed scientific journals

Professional activity

  • He was the head coach of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Ski Team between 1997 and 2004 which participated in Olympic Games and World Ski Championships, as well as in European and World Cup competitions during the mentioned period
  • He is the president of the Association of ski instructors and coaches of Bosnia and Herzegovina (member of the ISIA)
  • He was also a member of the FIS Special Committee for promoting children and youth skiing
  • He was the coordinator and organisational team leader, as well as the Vice president of the Organizing Committee of the International symposium “NTS” which took place in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)


bojan-matkovicProfessor Bojan Matković, PhD

Full Professor with tenure at the Faculty of Kinesiology University of Zagreb

Course teacher BASKETBALL

  • Born on 11 February 1955 in Varaždin, Republic of Croatia

Education

  • Elementary and comprehensive school finished in Varaždin
  • In 1973 enrolled at the Faculty of Physical Culture in Zagreb and graduated in spring 1978 with an excellent grade after defending his dissertation on “Relations between school success and player efficiency in basketball cadets” under the mentorship of prof. Milan Blašković, PhD
  • In 1984 he completed his postgraduate study and defended his master’s thesis on “Correlation between anthropometric characteristics and motor abilities in basketball cadets”
  • In 1992 he successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on “Efficacy of different methods in the basketball training process with mentally retarded persons” and acquired the title of Doctor of Science
  • First as an assistant, then assistant professor, associate professor and finally full professor and full professor with tenure, he has continuously been working at the Faculty of Kinesiology University of Zagreb since 1 November 1978

Teaching activity

  • Teacher at the integrated undergraduate and graduate university study of kinesiology – BASKETBALL, part-time and full-time studies at the Study Centre for Coach Education at the Faculty of Kinesiology in Zagreb and at the doctoral study of kinesiology
  • Guest lecturer at various faculties of the similar field
  • Lecturer at numerous seminars as part of basketball coach education programmes in the Republic of Croatia and other European countries
  • In 2010, as the author along with other associates, he published a university textbook for BASKETBALL – “Anthropological Analysis of the Basketball Game”, intended for students and coaches
  • In 2015, as a co-author, he published an expert manual – script “The Foundations of Basketball” on the official web site of the Faculty of Kinesiology, primarily intended for students in order to assist them in preparing for their exam in the course BASKETBALL

Scientific activity

  • He participated as a speaker in numerous scientific conferences around the world
  • He is the author of many scientific and expert papers published both in domestic and in foreign journals
  • Researcher and associate in projects by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, as well as project leader of two projects – “Mini Basketball” and “Health-related habits of sports coaches

Research fields

  • Basketball – through analysis and descriptions of basic and specific knowledge, abilities, features and characteristics of both male and female basketball players of all age groups; training processes in basketball and its determinants, etc.

Professional activity

  • Basketball player and coach, from 1998 up to 2014 a member of the Expert Committee of the Croatian Basketball Federation; within the mentioned period also the President of the Expert Committee in the period between 2005 and 2014
  • As of 1987, he has been extremely active within the International Sports Association SPECIAL OLYMPICS – sports for persons with mental retardation

Other

  • Passive speaker of three foreign languages – Italian, German and English
  • Won the “Franjo Bučar” National Sports Award for exceptional achievement in the field of sport
  • In 1997 he was elected as dean by the Faculty Council of the Faculty for Physical Culture and he held that position for two terms, from 1997 to 1999 and from 1999 to 2001

Ivan_Segedi
Assistant Professor Ivan Segedi, PhD

Assistant Professor at the Department of Polystructural Disciplines – course Judo

Research fields

  • Construction and validation of specific tests for assessing athletes’ skills
  • Impact of anthropological skills and characteristics on situational efficiency of athletes
  • Impact of motor skills on competitive sports results
  • Research on the effect of different methodological forms of work on the improvement of motor abilities and motor skills

Teaching activity

  • He teaches classes at the integrated undergraduate and graduate university study of kinesiology in courses Judo, Karate and Self-Defence
  • He participates in the implementation of classes in the course Judo in English for foreign students as part of the ERASMUS project
  • As part of the Study Centre for Coach Education, he takes part in the implementation of classes in the following courses: Anthropological Analysis, Kinesiological Analysis, Methodology of Technical and Tactical Preparation, Methodology of Physical Conditioning of Athletes, as well as in planning and programming for modules from the group of polystructural disciplines
  • He also actively participates in the organization and implementation of classes at the licenced seminar for coaches of the Croatian Judo Federation, Croatian Karate Federation and Croatian Kickboxing Federation

Scientific activity

  • He published 43 scientific papers, 23 professional papers and 24 scientific and professional abstracts
  • He also published a manual “Fundamentals of Judo”, as well as reviewed teaching materials for the course Judo in English “Basic Judo”
  • He actively participates and presents his papers in numerous international and domestic conferences
  • He is one of the organizers and editors of conference proceedings for International conferences “Applicable Research in Judo”

Professional activity

  • He has been active as an athlete in judo since 1986 and owns a black belt; he was a Croatian Cadet Champion, two-times Croatian Junior Champion and three-times Croatian Champion as a senior in judo, as well as a member of National Judo Teams in all age groups
  • He worked as a coach for physical conditioning for younger age categories in FC Dinamo, and he is currently the physical conditioning coach for the first team in FC Lokomotiva
  • He is also the physical conditioning coach of the National Karate Team at the Croatian Karate Federation