Damir PEKAS, PhD
Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb
Field of interest: wrestling, physical preparation of athletes
Education: He completed primary and secondary school in Zagreb. He graduated from the Faculty of Physical Education of the University of Zagreb in 2003.
In 2019, he defended his doctoral dissertation under the title “The effect of high and moderate intensity circuit training on the reduction of subcutaneous fat tissue and visceral fat in women”. He was elected to the position of assistant professor in 2022
Teaching activities: 1999-2003 participates in the teaching of the subject of Wrestling as a demonstrator. 2003-2008 participates in the teaching of the subject of Wrestling as an external associate.
Since 2018, he has been participating in classes on the subject of Wrestling as an employee of the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb.
Professional activity: He has been involved in sports since his early youth, mainly martial arts and skills, and apart from wrestling, he trained in judo, takwondo, and ninjutsu for a short time. He won a medal at the Croatian championship in Greco-Roman wrestling and in freestyle wrestling. As a member of the national team, he competed at the 20th World Military Championship in Split. He has been coaching since 2000, as a coach in wrestling schools, and as a coach for physical preparation in and outside of wrestling.
Scientific activity: In co-authorship, he published several professional and scientific papers, mainly on Wrestling, in the proceedings of domestic and international scientific and professional meetings. He is a member of the organizing committee of the 14 th International Scientific Conference of Sport Kinetics 2018 “Movement in Human Life and Health”. He participated in the organization of the 4th International Scientific Conference on Kinesiology, Opatia in 2005. He is a member of the organizing committee of the 9th International Scientific Conference on Sport Kinesiology 2021. On December 6, 2019, he was elected to the position of scientific associate in the scientific field of social sciences – the field of kinesiology.
Prizes and awards:
2001 – Winner of the Rector’s Award for the work entitled: Kinematic indicators of the effectiveness of throwing the “front belt” in wrestling