Coaching and performance

  • Optimization/personalization of training-retraining
  • Efficiency of human locomotion
  • Neuromuscular plasticity
  • Hypoxia – Altitude
  • Mental preparation and cognitive ergonomics
  • Modulation of brain activity
  • Exercise physiology

This theme brings together different scientific fields (physiology, psychology, neurosciences, biomechanics, medicine) in order to analyze, understand and help optimize sporting performance, from elite athletes to patients undergoing retraining. Complex cerebral and/or neuromuscular regulations, the links between energetic determinants and motor responses, and motivational strategies are the main focuses of the group’s research. We are particularly interested in how the different environmental factors (e.g. hypoxia, heat, fatigue) that make each situation unique affect performance and in the great inter-individual variability in motor responses. As well as furthering knowledge in this field, our research will also lead to practical methods that can be applied by people involved in training (technical coaches, fitness trainers, mental coaches, etc.) and retraining (physiotherapists, re-educators, etc.).


Researchers working on this theme:

Institute of Sports Sciences

  • Roberta Antonini Philippe - Assistant professor
  • Jérôme Barral - Assistant professor
  • Fabio Borrani - Assistant professor
  • Denis Hauw - Associate professor
  • Bengt Kayser - Full professor
  • Davide Malatesta - Assistant professor
  • Grégoire Millet - Associate professor
  • Nicolas Place - Assistant professor
  • Marie Simonet - Doctoral student


Publications on this research theme:

  • Burtscher, J., Strasser, B., Burtscher, M., & Millet, G. P. (2022). The Impact of Training on the Loss of Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Aging Masters Endurance Athletes. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(17), 11050.
  • Hauw, D. (2022). Traumatismes psychologiques en sport de haut niveau: Accompagnement à la résilience par le travail de l’expérience. 7e Congrès International de la Société française de Psychologie du Sport.
  • Kosirnik, C., Antonini Philippe, R., & Pomini, V. (2022). Investigating the links between performers’ self-compassion, mental toughness and their social environment: a semi-systematic review. Frontiers in psychology, 3995.
  • Millet, G. P., Hermand, E., & Hurdiel, R. (2022). Comment on Gattoni et al: Sleep Deprivation Training as a Highway to Hell in Ultratrail. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 17(10), 1455-1455.
  • Raberin, A., Burtscher, J., Connes, P., & Millet, G. P. (2022). Hypoxia and hemorheological properties in older individuals. Ageing Research Reviews, 101650.
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