Citizenship: Croatian Basic info and contacts:
Date of birth: 18/06/1986, Mostar, BiH
Current address: Selska cesta 46, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
-Science and Research Center Koper, Institute for Kinesiology Research, Garibaldijeva 1, 6000 Koper, Slovenia, EU.
-University of Split, Faculty of Kinesiology, Teslina 6, 21 000, Split, Croatia, EU.
Dr. Damir Zubac is a human movement scientist whose expertise lies in the evaluation and interpretation of physiological processes related to physical training, elite athletic performance. He completed his thesis in 2016 at the University of Split, Faculty of Kinesiology, Split, Croatia. Portions of his thesis were recently published in high impact factor journals including Journal of Sports Sciences and International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. Over the last couple of years, he had published nine peer-review papers in international journals (with five other papers under revision), two book chapters and was a reviewer for three international peer-review journals as well. He is also a part of the research group form Science and Research Center Koper, Institute for Kinesiology Research, Koper, Slovenia that was placed between 101-150 in the Shanghai list of research institutes in 2016/17.
In 2016 he was the recipient of ”The Youth Research of the Year Award” in Croatia, as well as the “Rectors award” for exceptional academic achievements (University of Split, Croatia, EU). Currently, he is affiliated with the two institutions (i) Science and Research Center Koper, Institute for Kinesiology research; working on a project: Kinesiology for the quality of life and (ii) University of Split, Faculty of Kinesiology, Split, Croatia. Previously, under supervision of Dr. Šimunič B. and Dr. Morrsion S.A. he had successfully coordinated the nationally funded project looking at measurement resolution of acute dehydration in Olympic combat athletes [Grant no. RR-15-073]. Within the Erasmus+ international cooperation frame he has undergone extensive laboratory training at the Science and Research Center Koper, Koper, Slovenia and Institute for kinesiology and sport at the University of Split, Croatia and was (and still is) involved in five different research projects that were conducted during that time, including:
-Research Associate (2017 to present)
Science and Research Center Koper, Institute for Kinesiology Research, Garibaldijeva 1, 6000 Koper, Slovenia, EU
-Associate (2015 to present)
Department of Biomedicine and Anthropology, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Split, Teslina 6, 21000 Split, Croatia, EU.
-Postdoctoral Researcher (form February to October 2017)
Department of Sport and Exercise Medicine, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb, Horvaćanski zavoj 15,
10000 Zagreb, Croatia, EU.
Faculty / professional positions:
Lecturer – Department of Sport and Exercise Medicine, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb, Horvaćanski zavoj 15, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia, EU; Courses: Biological Kinantroplogy (in 2017);
Lecturer- Department of Biomedicine and Anthropology, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Split, Split, Croatia, EU; Courses: Sports Medicine, Sports Physiology, Applied Medicine in Kinesiology and Sport.
Awards and Honors:
Youth Researcher of the Year award in Croatia (2016/2017)
Rector’s award from the University of Split, Split, Croatia, for exceptional scientific achievements in (2015/2016)
Croatian Network of Youth Researchers
Papers published in peer-review journals:
Letter to the Editor: Commentary: Tensiomyographic Markers Are Not Sensitive for Monitoring Muscle Fatigue in Elite Youth Athletes: A Pilot Study – Martín-Rodríguez, Zubac, Piqueras-Sanchiz, Šimunič. (Frontiers in Physiology).
IF = 4.15, 15/84 (Q1); Physiology
Rapid weight loss is not associated with competitive success in elite youth Olympic-style boxers in Europe. Zubac, Karninčić H, Sekulić D. (International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance)
IF = 2.654, 16/81 (Q1); Sport Science / 32/84 (Q2) Physiology
Reliability of urinary dehydration markers among elite youth boxers. Zubac D, Čular D, Marušič U. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. (DOI: 10.1123/ijspp.2016-0621; in press)
IF = 2.654, 16/81 (Q1); Sport Science / 32/84 (Q2) Physiology
Fluid balance and hydration assessment during the weight-stable preparation phase in elite youth boxers. Zubac D, Antelj T, Olujic D, Ivancev V, & Morrison S.A. Journal of Sports Sciences. 2017 Apr; 35(8):719-726. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2016.1184302.
IF = 2.6, 17/81 (Q1); Sport Science
Skeletal muscle contraction time and tone decreased after 8 weeks of plyometric training. Zubac D & Šimunič B. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Jun;31(6):1610-1619. 2017. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001626
IF = 2.06, 28/81 (Q2); Sport Science
Times cited in WOS=2
Hydration status assessment among elite youth amateur boxers. Zubac D, Karninčić H, & Zaja M. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. 56 (6) 731-736, 2016.
IF = 1.215, 53/81 (Q3); Sport Science
Hydration status assessment techniques and their applicability in combat sports: a literature review. Zubac D, Marusic U, Karninčić H. Strength Conditioning Journal. 38 (4) 80-89, 2016.
IF = 0.53, 73/81 (Q4); Sport Science
Level of education is a risk factor for extensive prevalence of cervical intervertebral disc degenerative changes and chronic neck pain. Markotić V, Zubac D, Miljko et al. Central European Journal of Public Health (in press, DOI: 10.21101/cejph.a4897).
IF = 0.682, (Q4); Public, Environmental & Occupation Health
Skeletal Muscle Contraction Time is an Important Factor in the Muscle Damage Response in Kickboxing Athletes – Zubac D, Šimunič B, Karninčić H, and Ivančev V. Archives of Budo. (2017, 13: 169-178; e-ISSN: 1643-8698).
IF = 1.503, 42/81 (Q3); Sport Science.
The reliability of the novel M-wave sensor and EME efficacy: a ratio between tensiomyogram and M-wave amplitudes. Paravlic, Zubac, Šimunič. (Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology) – accepted for publication
IF = 1.50, 43/81 (Q3); Sport Science.
Zubac D. & Ivančev V. (2017). Measurement resolution of multiple dehydration markers and health related issues associated with hypohydration in Olympic combat athletes. In Advances in Medicine and Biology, Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc, United States (ISBN: 978-1-53612-413-2(eBook)).
Mišigoj-Duraković, M. i sur. (in Croatian): Zdravlje i tjelesno vježbanje. Poglavlje u knjizi: Utjecaj trenažnih stimulusa i neaktivnosti na mišićna vlakna i njihova prilagodba (Zubac, D. 2018); (In Croatian)
Referee in peer-review journals:
International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, Human Kinetics, 1607 N Market Street; P.O. Box 5076 Champaign, IL 61825-5076, United States; (from 2016 to present)
Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry, Springer International Publishing AG. Part of Springer Nature; (from 2017 to present)
Kinesiology Journal – International Journal of Fundamental and Applied Kinesiology, Zagreb, Horvaćanski zavoj 15, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia, EU (form 2017 to present).