University of Hertfordshire

Dr Jozef Simenko

Jozef Simenko

Dr Jozef Simenko

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University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


Dr. Simenko is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching at the University of Hertfordshire and holds a doctoral degree in Kinesiology from the Faculty of Sport, University of Ljubljana and Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He has previously worked in the UK as a Lecturer at the University of Essex, University of Greenwich and Richmond upon Thames College. Before moving to the UK he worked in Slovenia at the Faculty of Sport, University of Ljubljana. He also worked as an Associate Expert at the Institute of Sport, Univesity of Ljubljana, where he screened elite athletes from various sports disciplines, led strength and conditioning training and rehabilitation of elite athletes.

His research is focused on Combat Sports and Martial Arts, with particular emphasis on judo. He is also interested in research on coaching, special forces, such as military and police personnel, isokinetic, soccer, 3D body scanning, functional and morphological asymmetries, and rehabilitation.

In 2016, he was awarded the Young Researcher Award at the IMACSSS conference in Portugal. In addition, he had been invited to give keynote presentations at several conferences, including the 2019 European Judo Union Scientific Conference in Poreč, Croatia, and the 2018 Croatian NSCA conference. Furthermore, Dr Simenko holds several coaching qualifications – a judo coaching certificate (highest level at Slovenian Judo Federation), the UEFA A coaching certificate, a youth basketball coaching certificate, a youth volleyball coaching certificate, the TRX suspension trainer certificate and a ski instructor certificate. He also holds a black belt II DAN degree from BJA in judo and a Level 2 Coaching Certificate.

As an athlete, Jozef has been a Slovenian Junior Judo National team squad member and a Junior national champion in the under 100kg weight category and represented Slovenia in International competitions. He concluded his competing career and provided coaching support to a range of youth and elite judo athletes that have won Grand Prix and World Championship medals. He was also a National Coach of the Slovenian University Team at the 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea and at the 2016 European University Games in Zagreb, Croatia. He also served as the president of the Slovenian Judo Federation Coaching Commission, where he was in charge of the education of new and existing judo coaches.

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