Fitness in Soccer
Jan Van Winckel, Msc has a master’s degree in sports science from the University of Leuven, where he is attached to the Perception and Performance Laboratory. He has worked as a physical coach on four different continents ans already has more than 20 years Of experience with various top clubs. Jan is a co-founder of TopSportsLab, a spin-off that developed sports science innovations.
David Tenney, Msc has a master’s degree in sports sciences from California University of Pennsylvania. He has worked mainly as a physical coach in the Major Leagues Soccer(MLS) With the KC Wizards(2007-2008) and the Seattle Sounders(2009-). Before that, he was with George Mason University as Physical Coach for the men’s and women’s teams.
Professor Dr. Werner Helsen is a full professor at the University of Leuven in the Movement Coordination & Neuroplasticity research group. His research focuses on expert perception and performance on the one hand and talent detection and selection on the other, with special reference to soccer. He is a former professional football player, having played for over 25 years in the Belgian national leagues, as well as in the national youth selections. He was also involved 4 years as head-coach of football teams in the semi-professional second and third national league. Since 2000, he coached top referees at European and World Championships, as well as during the preparatory training camps and regular workshops. He is collaborating with UEFA and FIFA, the world's football governing bodies.
Prof. Dr. Paul Bradley is a Sport and Exercise Physiology Lecturer in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences. His general research area is the physiology of intermittent exercise, with special reference to soccer. His research focuses on the testing and conditioning of elite soccer players and he is currently collaborating with one of the world's leading research groups in this area at the University of Copenhagen.
Dr. Jean Pierre Meert is a physician, specialized in anaesthesiology and sports medicine. He has worked at various professional clubs such as K. Lierse SK and Zulte Waregem.
Dr. Kenny McMillan was awarded his PhD in Sports Physiology in 2005, researching endurance and strength interventions for soccer players. Kenny has been working in professional soccer for the last 15 years as a sports physiologist for various clubs such as Celtic FC in the Scottish Premer League, Newcastle FC and Aston Villa FC in the English Premiership, and the New Zealand national team. Kenny is currently Head of Physiology for the Football Performance & Science Department at the Aspire Academy in Qatar.