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Theofilos Valkanidis

Early Stage Researcher, Queen's University Belfast

I am a holder of a bachelor's degree in Physical Education and Sports Science with a specialty in Football coaching, which was carried out in Department of the Democritus University of Thrace. At the same period, I wrote a thesis with the topic “The Effect of a football match in performance ability of football players”. In December 2017 fulfield a postgraduate Program called “Exercise and Life Quality” with a direction in “Maximizing Sports Performance”. My MSc dissertation conducted under the direction of Prof. Vasileia Hatzidaki from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Dr. Mihalis Doumas from the Queen's University of Belfast. Their knowledge and experience helped me to understand the nervous system and to achieve a wide knowledge of the perception and action function. At the beginning of 2017 Ι awarded with an Erasmus placement scholarship as a Visiting Researcher in Movement Innovation Lab, at Queen’s University of Belfast. In January 2018 I awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie doctoral training programme that supports interdisciplinary Ph.D. students at Queen’s University Belfast. Here at Queen's University Belfast, I study human interception performance during free kicks in Football using an immersive interactive virtual reality simulator.


  • –present
    Early Stage Researcher, Queen's University Belfast


    Democritus University of Thrace, Department of physical education & Sport Sciences, Master's degree