Rita Santos Rocha

Professor Dr Rita Santos Rocha
, Portugal

Professor Dr Rita Santos Rocha began her professional career as a gymnastics and fitness instructor, working for more than 10 years in sports clubs and schools, with children, adults, pregnant women, and elder people, in Portugal. After graduating in Sport Sciences and MSc in Exercise & Health, with the Faculty of Human Kinetics (FMH) – Technical University of Lisbon (UTL), she became professor of the Sport Sciences School of Rio Maior (ESDRM) – Polytechnic Institute of Santarém (IPS). In 2006, she obtained a PhD in Human Movement, specialising in Health & Fitness (FMH) and since 2007, she has been a researcher of the Neuromechanics of Human Movement group of the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Human Performance (CIPER) of FMH, where she is involved in several research projects. Rita is also a member of the Scientific Council of the Research Unit of IPS and in the Advisory Committee of the Research Centre in Sports, Health Sciences and Human Development (CIDESD); and she holds a seat on the Scientific Board of the Portuguese Gymnastics Federation. At present, Rita is the director of ESDRM-IPS, and coordinator of the Master Degree in Physical Activity in Special Populations.

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Professor Dr Rita Santos Rocha began her professional career as a gymnastics and fitness instructor, working for more than 10 years in sports clubs and schools, with children, adults, pregnant women, and elder people, in Portugal. After graduating in Sport Sciences and MSc in Exercise & Health, with the Faculty of Human Kinetics (FMH) – Technical University of Lisbon (UTL), she became professor of the Sport Sciences School of Rio Maior (ESDRM) – Polytechnic Institute of Santarém (IPS). In 2006, she obtained a PhD in Human Movement, specialising in Health & Fitness (FMH) and since 2007, she has been a researcher of the Neuromechanics of Human Movement group of the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Human Performance (CIPER) of FMH, where she is involved in several research projects. Rita is also a member of the Scientific Council of the Research Unit of IPS and in
the Advisory Committee of the Research Centre in Sports, Health Sciences and Human Development (CIDESD); and she holds a seat on the Scientific Board of the Portuguese Gymnastics Federation. At present, Rita is the director of ESDRM-IPS, and coordinator of the Master Degree in Physical Activity in Special Populations.

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