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Mr. Ricardo Fernandes

University of Porto, Faculty of Sport
Center of Research, Education, Innovation and Intervention in Sport
Rua Dr. Plácido Costa, 91

Brief Biography:

References in SCOPUS: 22 papers with impact factor, 109 citations and H index of 8

Fernandes, R.J., Cardoso, C.S., Soares, S.M., Ascensão, A., Colaço, P.J., Vilas-Boas, J.P. 2003. Time Limit and VO2 slow component at intensities corresponding to VO2 max in swimmers. Int J Sports Med, 24(8), 576-581.

Laffite, L.P., Vilas-Boas, J.P., Demarle, A., Silva, J., Fernandes, R., Billat, V.L 2004. Changes in physiological and stroke parameters during a maximal 400-m free swimming test in elite swimmers. Can J Appl Physiol, 29, (SUPPL.), S17-S31.

Barbosa, T.M., Keskinen, K.L., Fernandes, R., Colaço, P., Lima, A.B., Vilas-Boas, J.P. 2005. Energy cost and intracyclic variation of the velocity of the centre of mass in butterfly stroke. Eur J Appl Physiol, 93(5-6), 519-523

Barbosa, T.M., Keskinen., K.L., Fernandes, R., Colaço, P., Carmo, C., Vilas-Boas, J.P. 2005. Relationships between energetic, stroke determinants, and velocity in butterfly. Int J of Sports Med, 26(10), 841-846

Fernandes, R.J., Billat, V.L., Cruz, A.C., Colaço, P.J., Cardoso, C.S., Vilas-Boas, J.P. 2005. Has gender any effect on the relationship between time limit at VO2 max velocity and swimming economy? J Human Movement Studies, 49(2), 127-148.

Fernandes, R.J.,Marinho, D.A., Barbosa, T.M., Vilas-Boas, J.P. 2006. Is time limit at the minimum swimming velocity of VO2 max influenced by stroking parameters? Perceptual & Motor Skills, 103(1), 67-75

Fernandes, R.J., Billat, V.L., Cruz, A. C., Colaço, P., J., Cardoso, C.S., Vilas-Boas, J.P. 2006. Does net energy cost of swimming affect time to exhaustion at the individual´s maximal oxygen consuming velocity? J Sports Med Physical Fitness 46(3), 373-380

Barbosa T, Fernandes R, Keskinen KL, Colaço P, Cardoso C, Silva, Vilas-Boas JP 2006. Evaluation of the energy expenditure in competitive swimming strokes. Int J Sports Med, 27 (11), 894-899

Marinho DA, Vilas-Boas JP, Keskinen K, Rodrigues FA, Soares SM, Carmo CM, Vilar SO, Fernandes RJ 2006. The behavior of kinematic parameters during a time to exhaustion test at VO2max in elite swimmers J Human Movement Studies, 51(1), 1-10

Fernandes RJ, Keskinen KL, Colaço P, Querido AJ, Machado LJ, Morais PA, Novais DQ, Marinho DA, Vilas-Boas JP 2008. Time limit at VO2max velocity in elite crawl swimmers. Int J Sports Med, 29(2),165-171

Barbosa TM, Fernandes RJ, Keskinen KL, Vilas-Boas JP 2008. The influence of stroke mechanics into energy cost of elite swimmers. Eur J Appl Physiol, 103(2), 139-149

Barbosa TM, Fernandes RJ, Mouroco P, Vilas-Boas JP. 2008. Predicting the intra-cyclic velocity variation of the velocity of the centre of mass from segmental velocities in butterfly stroke: A pilot study. J Sports Sci & Med, 7(2), 201-209

Figueiredo P, Vilas-Boas JP, Maia J, Gonçalves P, Fernandes RJ. 2009. Does the hip reflect the centre of mass swimming kinematics? Int J Sports Med, 30(11), 779-781

Neiva HP, Fernandes RJ, Vilas-Boas JP 2010. Anaerobic critical velocity in four swimming techniques. Int J Sports Med

Vantorre J, Seifert L, Fernandes RJ, Vilas-Boas JP, Chollet D 2010. Kinematical profiling of the front crawl start. Int J Sports Med

Vantorre, J., Seifert, L., Fernandes, R.J., Vilas Boas, J.P., Chollet, D. 2010. Comparison of grab start between elite and trained swimmers. International Journal of Sports Medicine 31 (12), pp. 887-893

Figueiredo P, Zamparo P, Sousa A, Vilas-Boas JP, Fernandes RJ 2010. An energy balance of the 200 m front crawl race. Eur J Appl Physiol, 1-11

 Fernandes RJ, Sousa M, Pinheiro A, Vilar S, Colaço P, Vilas-Boas JP 2010. Assessment of individual anaerobic threshold and stroking parameters in swimmers aged 10-11 years. Eur J Sport Sci 10 (5),311-17

Vilas-Boas JP, Costa L, Fernandes RJ, Ribeiro J, Figueiredo P, Marinho D, Silva AJ, Machado L 2010. Determination of the drag coefficient during the first and second gliding positions of the breaststroke underwater stroke. J Appl Biomech, 26 (3), 324-31

Morouço, P., Keskinen, K.L., Vilas-Boas, J.P., Fernandes, R.J. 2011. Relationship between tethered forces and the four swimming techniques performance. Journal of Applied Biomechanics 27 (2), pp. 161-169

de Jesus, K., de Jesus, K., Figueiredo, P., Gonçalves, P., Pereira, S., Vilas-Boas, J.P., Fernandes, R.J. 2011. Biomechanical Analysis of Backstroke Swimming Starts Int J Sports Med

Ferragut, C., Abraldes, J.A., Vila, H., Rodríguez, N., Argudo, F.M., Fernandes, R.J. 2011. Anthropometry and throwing velocity in elite water polo by specific playing positions. Journal of Human Kinetics 27 (1), pp. 31-44


Academic positions:

Director of the Swimming Department of the Faculty of Sport of the Porto University. Member of the Centre of Research, Education, Innovation and Intervention in Sport


Research interests:

Sport Sciences. Swimming biophysical characterization specially centred on the availability and use of energy in swimming: (i) determination of the swimmer’s bioenergetical profile: understanding the kinetics of oxygen consumption and lactate production, which allow assessing the energy cost of the movement and, therefore, the definition of swimming economy profiles for swimmers of different levels and gender and (ii) relationship of these physiological parameters with biomechanical variables, namely with the stroke parameters (stroke frequency, stroke distance and stroke index), the index of coordination, the intracyclic velocity fluctuations and the electrical muscular activity. Biomechanical characterization of swimming starts and turns. Planning and periodization, and training control and evaluation of athletes in cyclic sports.



Any other information:

Swimming coach from 1994-2008. Member of the Review Board and Scientific Committee of scientific journals in the Sport Sciences area. Invited reviewer for several scientific journals (>50 reviews accomplished). Member of the Scientific Committee of the XXIX Annual International Symposium of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (Porto’2011), of the XIth International Symposium on Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming (Oslo’2010). Member of the Organizing Committee of the 4th International Conference Swimming Pool & Spa (Porto’2011), of the Xth International Symposium on Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming (Porto’2006) and of the Portuguese Swimming Coaches Association Congress (Porto’1998). Chairman of several Podium and Poster sessions in scientific events. Director of Courses of Swimming Coaches Education (level 1 and 2 of the Portuguese Swimming Federation).

Main investigator of funded research & development projects: “Energy cost in swimming: characterization and relationship with other relevant bioenergetical and biomechanical performance determinants”. FCT: PTDC/DES/101224/2008.
Coordinator of several research teams (from 2003-2011) and participation in 36 national and international research projects

Supervising experience (finished): 1 PhD student and 15 Master students

Supervising experience (in development): 10 PhD student and 8 Master students


What I think of the idea behind WebmedCentral:

Very interesting idea. However, the link for Sport Sciences is still weak. Hope to contribute to the study of the Sport phenomenon by using a physiologic aproach.