Sport Scientist in Residence!
Hey everyone, meet Joao. He joins our team with a funny name and a complete lack of skill in taking selfies.
Joao is an international student from Brazil, currently on his second year in the PhD program in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sports, and Recreation, at the University of Alberta. He has always been passionate about learning and teaching and is delighted to know that there is a job where people are willing to listen to him talk about sports. Joao is working with the WTS Edmonton as part of his studies and will be investigating how to enhance performance in the sport of triathlon, with a focus on the mixed-relay event. He is constantly using himself as a lab rat to test new interventions and ideas, such as running a half-marathon with HIIT only as his training (next up is a marathon), getting rid of caffeine to try to boost performance again (insane, right?), or whatever research is coming up with these days.
He currently joins our team as the “sport scientist in residence”. What does that mean? Well, he’ll be providing weekly updates on content that is relevant to athletes and coaches, working on translating scientific knowledge into evidence-based information that is applicable on a daily basis. In addition, Joao will be establishing a “sport science hotline” where he’ll be answering questions and concerns from coaches and athletes on a weekly basis.
When not busy with school work, you can find him at nearby coffee shops, getting caffeinated, eating donuts, and reading about training and sports. Feel free to sit down and have a coffee with him. Just be aware that you’re in for a long talk!
Have a question that you want to ask him? You can reach our sport scientist at J.Falk@EdmontonTriathlon.org