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Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Sport Research Institute UAB

Academic collaborators

Meet the team

Saül Alcaraz

Saül Alcaraz Garcia


Doctor in Sports and Health Psychology from the UAB. Graduate in Psychology, with a Master's Degree in Research in Sports Psychology and Physical Activity from the UAB. Lecturer at the UAB, where he teaches at the undergraduate level and in the interuniversity Master in Sports and Physical Activity Psychology (UAB-INEFC). He has been a basketball coach for 13 seasons and a coach trainer for 9 years. His current research interests are the study of sports careers and mental health of athletes and coaches.

Marta Borrueco

Marta Borrueco Carmona


PhD in Psychology of Health and Physical Activity (2022), Graduated in Psychology, Master in Sports and Physical Activity Psychology and Master in Research in Psychology Applied to Health Sciences at the UAB. She is ember of the UAB Sport and Exercise Psychology Research Group (GEPE). Her research interests are focused on the experiences of coaches in the course of their work, the role of families in the context of sport and women's sport.

Antoni Caparrós Pons

Antonio Caparrós Pons

Sports performance and health

Degree in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (2000) and PhD in Physical Activity and Sport (University of Barcelona, 2013). He is currently an interim professor in the Department of Health and Applied Sciences of the National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia (INEFC). He is a member of the renowned research group SPARG (Sport Performance Analysis Group). His teaching and research are focused on high athletic performance and health, in particular load control in injury prevention and athletic performance.

Laura Carbonero

Laura Carbonero


PhD from the UAB, Physical Education teacher and graduate in Pedagogy. She is a lecturer at the UAB Faculty of Education. Her research field is Physical Education and Sports as a tool for social and educational inclusion. She is part of the Social and Educational Research Group on Physical Activity and Sport (GISEAFE) at INEFC-Barcelona and has participated in various studies on gender, health, values ​​and cooperation.

Alberto Carrio

Alberto Carrio Sampedro


Doctor in Law (University of Oviedo), Master in Sports Law and Master in Advanced European Studies. He is a lecturer in the Department of Law at Pompeu Fabra University. He has been a visiting professor at several universities. He has published several academic articles on equality and sport and rules in sport. He is deputy director of Fair Play magazine. Journal of Philosophy, Ethics and Sports Law.

Valerio della Sala

Valerio della Sala


Doctor in Geography by UAB (2022) and Bachelor of Sport Management in Italy and Spain, with research experiences at the IUSM, at the University of Bologna and the UAB Olympic Studies Centre. Specialized in multidisciplinary and comparative analysis and research on the Olympic Games.

Oriol Figuera

Oriol Figuera


PhD in Audiovisual Communication and Advertising (2021), Master in Audiovisual Communication and Advertising (2015) and Graduated in Journalism (2014) from the UAB, and Master in humorous script in television and radio programs from the Ramon Llull University (2016). He has worked in various media and communication offices. His phd on social networks, football and violence was directed by Dr. Natividad Ramajo from the UAB Department of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising.

Miguel Ángel García González

Miguel Ángel García González


Miguel A. García González is a Telecommunications Engineer since 1993 and Electronic Engineering PhD since 1998 from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona, Spain. He conducts research in the fields of electronic and biomedical instrumentation. He has experience in the analysis of ECG and heart rate variability as well as the processing of time series by time-domain, frequency-domain and nonlinear dynamic techniques. He is an Associate Professor at the Electronic Engineering Department of the UPC and he has co-authored more than 50 publications including articles and conference papers as well as 2 patents.

Anna Jordana

Anna Jordana Casas


Psychologist, Master in Neuroscience, and PhD in sports psychology at the UAB Sport and Exercise Psychology Research Group (GEPE). Her main research topic is the role of adaptive and maladaptive thoughts in the sports careers of elite athletes, despite being involved in other areas of interest (e.g. women's sport, performance activities, dual career). As part of her international doctorate, she did a research stay at the Sport Psychology and Mental Support group at VUB (Brussels). Before dedicating herself full time to the UAB, she was part of the Sports Athlete Service at CAR Sant Cugat.

Matthias Krug

Matthias Krug


Academic, author and former international journalist and strategic communications professional with a teaching and research focus on the intersection of creativity, strategy, communications and storytelling across digital and other publishing spheres. He has conceptualized, developed and overseen implementation of award-winning social media strategies for organisations and has extensive experience lecturing at leading global universities and institutions. 

Adolfo Nieto Losada

Adolfo Nieto Losada


PhD in Audiovisual Communication and Advertising and Master in Media and Communications at the UAB. He has worked in various media and development agencies such as Sampad South Asian Arts in Birmingham (United Kingdom). His doctoral thesis (2017-2021) focused on building a personal brand for sports stars and was directed by Dr. Emilio Fernández Peña, UAB Department of Communication and Audiovisual Advertising.

Jose Luis Perez Triviño

José Luis Pérez Triviño


Licenciado en derecho y filosofía por la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Master en Estudios Europeos (1990), Derecho Deportivo (2014) y International Sports Law Master (2018). Doctor en Derecho por la Universidad Pompeu Fabra. Actualmente es profesor titular (acreditado catedrático) del Departamento de Derecho de la Universidad Pompeu Fabra. Su investigación se centra en los problemas éticos y jurídicos del deporte. Ha publicado en numerosas revistas académicas y ha sido presidente y miembro de asociaciones internacionales, revistas y redes de investigación sobre aspectos legales y éticos del deporte.

Joan Pons

Joan Pons Bauzá

Visiting professor at the Pscychology Department at the University of the Balearic Islands. Member of the Sports and Physical Activity Research Group (GEPE) (2017 SGR 751). Doctor in Health and Sports Psychology from the UAB. His main line of research is aimed at studying emotional management processes in the sports field (on and off the field). He actively participates as author and reviewer of peer-reviewed scientific publications and has participated in various national and international research projects focused along the lines of promotion of dual careers in high-performance sport and motivation towards the practice of physical activity among adolescents.

Jesus Portillo

Jesús Portillo Morillas


Graduated in Psychology from the UAB. Postgraduate degree in Sports Psychology at School Age and High Performance Sports Psychology at the UAB. Master in Research in Sports Psychology at the UAB. He has worked as a sports psychologist in professional basketball, rugby and hockey teams, among other sports. He works as a lecturer at the UAB linked to subjects related to Sports Psychology.  

Juan Ramos Castro

Juan Ramos Castro


Telecommunications Engineer (1992), and Doctor of Engineering (1997) from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Since 1997 he has been a full professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering at the UPC. Member of the Electronic and Biomedical Instrumentation group where he is responsible for the design of medical equipment and systems. Her research focuses on the development and design of instrumentation for biomedical and space applications. He is the co-author of more than 100 scientific publications and 7 patents.

Susana Regüela

Susana Regüela


Ph.D. Psychology. She is manager of the Education Area at the High Performance Center of Sant Cugat (CAR), where defines the strategic management, vision and supervising the lifestyle, dual career, transitions and holistic development for the 380 yearly full-board and half-board athletes, and other external athletes from Spanish and Catalan Federations. Susana collaborates with the Recognised Research Group Sports and Physical Activity (GEPE; 2017 SGR 751), and are partners in European projects such are Gold in Education and Sport (GEES), Be a Winner In Sport and Employment before and after athletic Retirement (B-WISER) or Dual Careers for Mental Health (DC4MH).

Gil Rodas Font

Gil Rodas Font


Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the UAB (1986), and Specialist in Physical Education and Sport Medicine (1989) and Doctor in Medicine (2002) from the University of Barcelona. He has been linked to the Center for High Performance Sports Studies of the Generalitat de Catalunya (1987-2002). He has participated in master's degrees, research projects and published more than 50 articles in scientific journals on sports medicine and psychology. He has been a doctor in the first football team of FC Barcelona and since the 2007-2008 season he has been a doctor in the first basketball team.