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
  • Tiffany Astolfi - Graduate assistant
  • Jérôme Barral - Assistant professor
  • Fabio Borrani - Assistant professor
  • Vincent Gesbert - First assistant
  • Denis Hauw - Associate professor
  • Bengt Kayser - Full professor
  • Davide Malatesta - Assistant professor
  • Grégoire Millet - Associate professor
  • Nicolas Place - Assistant professor
  • Marie Simonet - Doctoral student
  • Frédéric Stucky – Doctoral student
  • Barbara Uva - First assistant
  • Sarah Willis - Graduate assistant

From outside the Institute of Sports Sciences

  • Kamiar Aminian, LMAM- EPFL - Professor
  • Francis Degache, HESAV
  • Kenny Guex, HESAV


Major publications on this research theme:

  • Le Gallais D., Millet G. (Eds.) (2007) La préparation physique. Optimisation et limites de la performance sportive. Ed. Masson
  • Edouard P. ; Degache F. (Eds) 2016  Guide d'isocinétisme - L'évaluation isocinétique des concepts aux conditions sportives et pathologiques. Ed. Masson
  • Millet G., Schmitt L. (2011). S’entraîner en altitude. Ed. deBoeck Université
  • Fan, J.-L., & Kayser, B. (2016). Fatigue and Exhaustion in Hypoxia: The Role of Cerebral Oxygenation. High Altitude Medicine & Biology, 17(2), 72–84.
  • Gesbert, V., Carrel, J., Antonini Philippe, R., & Hauw, D. (2016). Elite volleyball coaches’ experience using a statistical information system. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 16, 613-633. 
  • Durand, M., Hauw, D., & Poizat, G. (2015). L'apprentissage des techniques corporelles. Paris : Presses Universitaires de France.
  • Antonini Philippe R., Sagar S.S., Gerber M., Hauw D., (2016). Players’ Perceptions of Coaches’ Contributions to their Mental Toughness, International Journal of Coaching Science Vol.10 No.1. pp37-51
  • Meylan C, Malatesta D. Effects of in-season plyometric training within soccer practice on explosive actions of young players. J Strength Cond Res 23: 2605–2613, 2009.
  • Carrard, A., Fontana, E., & Malatesta, D. (2018). Mechanical Determinants of the U-Shaped Speed-Energy Cost of Running Relationship. Frontiers in Physiology, 9, 1790.
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