S&C European Coaches
We are proud to announce our confirmed speakers, which include coaches of the top teams in Europe. In this two-day, content-rich event, they will share their views on many practical topics, but most importantly, they will offer a glimpse on how they work and manage their athletes and teams on a daily basis, real-world environment.
Jairo Vázquez is currently the strength and conditioning coach for the Barcelona Basketball Professional Team, being in charge of player physical performance and load monitoring. He is a member of the Department of Sport Performance at FC Barcelona and has also worked as the strength and conditioning coach for different Spanish National Basketball teams (U13, U16, U18 and U22).
Jairo holds a degree in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences from the Physical Education National Institute in Barcelona, Spain and is a PhD holder with his thesis titled “Adaptations of strength training in different instability conditions”. He also obtained a Professional Master in High Performance in Team Sports (Barça Innovation Hub, Inefc and Byomedic System) leaded by Paco Seirul.lo. Finally, Jairo is a Scholarship recipient from the Sports Council of Spain for The ALTITUDE Project in swimming.
Coach Vasquez is a frequent speaker at local, as well as international educational events covering topics in sport performance, fitness and health. He has also authored scientific articles about basketball monitoring loads and resistance training with rotational inertial devices.
Kostas Chatzichristos is currently the Director of Performance at CSKA Moscow Basketball and is responsible for player athletic development and rehabilitation. The two times European Champion with CSKA has held similar positions in elite basketball teams in Europe (Olympiacos BC, Panionios BC) and the US (University of Georgia).
Kostas is also a cofounder at Performance22Lab, a state-of-the-art rehabilitation and performance center located in his hometown Athens, Greece, where he has been training athletes of all levels, ages and different sports. He is mostly known for his ongoing work with professional basketball players, as he has work with some of the best male and female basketball players of this generation helping them perform at their best or/and rehabilitate from injury.
A frequent speaker at international and national educational events, Kostas has also authored numerous articles in fitness publications and has produced educational products for coaches and athletes.
Kostas holds a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in Sports Science from the University of Athens.
Luka is an enthusiastic physical performance specialist, S&C coach, international author and lecturer. He earned his Master of Kinesiology degree from the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Zagreb, having won multiple awards for exceptional study achievements. During his master studies, Luka also studied as an exchange student at Jan Komensky University’s School of Physical Education and Sports in Slovakia as well as at the School of Medicine at Lund University in Sweden. He did his first full-season internship as a S&C coach in the basketball club of Zagreb. After graduation, Luka was accepted for a lecturing position at the University of Zagreb.
Coach Svilar has worked with athletes of different sports and levels, mainly in tennis, soccer and volleyball although his primary focus has always been on basketball. After his internship, he worked with youth and senior teams in Croatia and won a gold medal with the U18 team at the Eurobasket Championship in 2012. Luka also spent one season in Turkey acting as a strength and conditioning coach at Türk Telekom Basketball. In 2016, he moved to Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain to work with Baskonia, one of Europe’s most iconic basketball teams.
While an active coach at Baskonia, Luka took the next step in his academic education by successfully defending his PhD project called Load monitoring and management in elite basketball at the University of the Basque Country in Vitoria-Gasteiz 2018. As a recognition of his academic achievements, Luka received the annual FIEP Vladimir Findak Award (fr the academic year 2017/18) for young researchers for his notable achievements in science.
Besides coaching, field-related writing is another passion of Luka. He has published several papers related to sports training, physical performance, injury prevention and load monitoring and he has also co-authored the book Functional movement preparation for basketball.
Luka’s professional goal is to help players achieve and maintain their peak physical performance as well share his knowledge with other enthusiasts in the field.
Regev “Reggie” Fanan is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach of the legendary Maccabi Tel Aviv Basketball Club since 2015. Before he was named head strength coach, he was an assistant at Tel Aviv for three years and part of the team that won the 2014 Euroleague trophy. Apart from Maccabi, Reggie has worked as head strength and conditioning at the Israeli Women National Team and personally trains elite basketball and soccer players that seek to maximize their athletic potential.
Fanan is a graduate of Zinman school for coaches and the Wingate Institute with a specialization of strength and conditioning for basketball and soccer. He also attended the Tel Aviv University School for Coaches studying weight training. Reggie’s extensive experience in basketball includes him being a professional basketball player for eight years, again in his beloved Maccabi, when he has won three Euroleague titles.
Ozan Sirikci is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach of Anadolu Efes, one of the top teams in Turkish Airlines Euroleague, a position he holds since 2013. He is responsible for player evaluation, performance strategies, injury management and of course, strength and conditioning program design.
Coach Sirikci has extensive experience in basketball since he has held similar positions in Turkish professional teams like Fenerbahce , TrabzonSpor and Ulker – Alpella. During the period 2009 – 2013 he was name head strength and conditioning specialist for the prestigious man Turkish National Team and woman National basketball team for 2012 London olimpics . Ozan had the opportunity to work with many competitive athletes of different levels and abilities helping them improve their physical performance and/or recover from injury.
A graduate of Osmangazi University – Medical Faculty with a specialization in General Human Physiology and Exercise Physiology Coach Sirikci also holds a degree in Physical Education and Sport Science from Anadolu University. His love for learning and personal development has led him around the world where he studied human performance in diverse environments.
Throught his carrier he worked and educate himself in USA with sport performance organizations like EXOS ( former Athlete’s Performance) , functional movement systems, cybex international and holds certifications of track and field coaching, basketball and pedagogy,
Ozan is also a frequent speaker in training and physiothrapy science for seminars, conferences and workshops in Turkey and around the world.
A native of Villanueva de Cordoba, Spain, Jose obtained his bachelor’s degree in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences in 1994 from the University of Valencia, Spain, with a specialization in basketball. Since then, he has continuously worked as a basketball athletic development coach in several teams and settings in different countries, namely in Valencia Basket, Ros Casares, Fenerbahce BC Women’s team, Kastoria, Romania’s Women’s National Team and Sibiu.
Currently, he is the head strength and conditioning coach of Alba Berlin that competes in the prestigious Euroleague, as well as the German professional league. In Alba, Coach Moreno has found an ideal environment to apply his cumulative experience and knowledge in performance enhancement and rehabilitation, as the team fully supports his work by providing him all the necessary tools to achieve his pursuits.
Apart from coaching, Pepe is passionate about learning and thus he takes advantage of every opportunity to expand his knowledge, whether it is reading scientific publications, attending events or talking to other professionals in the sports’ world. His long and diverse career has allowed him to have a wealth of experiences working in all categories of basketball, from children to senior, male and female, in different countries and cultures and interacting with different coaches, assistants and therapists.
Coach German Andrin boasts 25 years of experience as a strength and conditioning coach working in basketball as well as other team sports. As a member the Venezuelan Basketball National Team, he participated in two Olympic Games (London -2012 and Rio – 2016) as well as the Pan-American Games in Toronto in 2015. From 2016 to 2018 he worked as a strength and conditioning coach at Fuenlabrada BC competing in the ACB (Spanish Basketball League) and during the 2019-20 season he joined the Russian club of Zenit BC which competed in the VTB League as well as the Euroleague.
Andrin is a frequent speaker at international events and courses covering a variety of topics regarding athletic development, programming and load monitoring. He is also a professor of physical education at the San Martin University, Argentina and a Strength and Conditioning Coach Level 1 and 2 (Litoral National University, Argentina.
Dr. Guy Morag is the head of the sports medicine unit in the orthopedic division of Tel Aviv Medical Center.
He graduated with a medical degree from Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria and he completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center. Subsequently, Dr Morag completed his fellowship training in lower extremity reconstruction and sports injuries in Toronto at Mount Sinai Hospital under the supervision of Prof. Allan Gross and in Orthopedic and Arthritic Hospital under the supervision of John Cameron.
In 2006 he became team physician of major league soccer clubs and from 2011 his has been named the team physician of Maccabi Tel Aviv Basketball Club.
His professional interest is in sports injuries of the knees and ankles, while the areas of focus include treatment of ligament, meniscus and cartilage injuries and diseases.
His main goal of of sports injuries treatment is to bring athletes back to their sport as soon as possible and without risk of re-injury.
Rakefet is the Head of Sports Nutrition at the Sport Medicine Center, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Shaare Zedek in Jerusalem, Israel. She is responsible for providing medical nutrition therapy and dietetic counseling to patients, specializing in adolescent, collegiate, Olympic, and professional athletes.
Apart from her clinical work, Rakefet is part of the staff at Maccabi Tel Aviv Basketball, one of Europe’s best basketball clubs. Αs a sport nutritionist at the Israeli powerhouse, she is responsible for player meal planning, counseling and supplementation. Rakefet has held similar positions in the past at Maccabi Haifa soccer club (1st Division) and worked closely with the Israeli National Teams of basketball and soccer.
Rakefet holds a master’s degree in Science in Nutrition from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a holder of the IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition. A frequent speaker in national and international educational events and is a former professional basketball player.
Since his teenage years in his hometown Karlsruhe/Germany, Sebastian has been coaching youth teams in American football, a game he played himself on the highest European level. Although being a general sports-enthusiast with an interest in an array of disciplines, he always had a strong connection to basketball and in particular to his hometown team PSK Lions.
Sebastian has worked as an S&C coach in different fields and was consultant to triathletes and olympic mountain bikers. He earned his master’s degree in sports management from the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences and his diploma in training science from AFSM Salzburg. Recovery, sleep, nutrition and cognitive training are among his special fields of interest – areas in which he received further qualification in Germany and abroad. Before joining the ALBA Berlin performance staff, he spent two seasons in Spanish soccer as the head of sports science of CD Atlético Baleares.
At ALBA Berlin he is supporting Pepe Silva with conditioning, rehabbing and everything related to tracking and monitoring. As the “invisible coach” of the pro team, he is taking care of optimizing nutrition and recovery within the demanding Euroleague and BBL schedule, while he’s also preparing ALBA’s prospects in the youth academy for the next level.
Jure Drakslar graduated as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Currently he is in his third season working working as a S&C coach and rehabilitation specialist, at BC Khimki Moscow Region.
Jure started his professional career 18 years ago at BC Slovan where he was 5 years responsible for athletic development of one of the best European prospects, among which were Goran Dragić, Zoran Dragić, Jan Vesely and others. Before going abroad Jure was working 3 seasons as S&C coach at BC Union Olimpija youth teams. In the meanwhile, he was hired to establish S&C system and educate local S&C coaches at BC Spars Sarajevo and BC USK Praha. Before joining BC Khimki in 2018, he was 3 seasons S&C coach at the top Polish basketball team BC Zielona Gora, which was at that time playing Euroleague and Eurocup and later FIBA Champions League.
Jure is personal off-season S&C coach of many top-level basketball players, including one of the world’s best basketball player, Luka Doncić. In his 17-year career as a pro S&C coach he has worked with various Slovenian National Teams (1 season senior Basketball NT, 4 seasons U20 Basketball NT, 4 seasons Swimming NT, 1 season Rowing NT).
Besides performance training and rehabilitation, Jure has a great passion in continuous education and passing his knowledge and experience to others who are willing to learn.
Kosmas Kontogiannis is a physical and manual therapist, with a specialization in therapeutic exercise. He is currently part of the CSKA Basketball medical staff and is responsible for player rehabilitation and return-to-play.
Before joining CSKA, Kosmas has worked for more than ten years at Performance22Lab, one of Europe’s most prominent training and rehabilitation centers located in Athens, Greece. As part of P22Lab’s staff, he treated a variety of patients helping them recover from injury and pain, by using manual techniques and progressive resistance exercise. Kosmas has also the personal physiotherapist of many professional basketball and volleyball players.
A graduate of the University of Whales, Kosmas’ main interest is the combination of traditional physical and manual therapy techniques with therapeutic exercise to treat musculoskeletal injuries. With a keen interest in education, he is also a frequent speaker in seminars and workshops related to injury rehabilitation and prevention, therapeutic exercise and sports performance.
Michael has been a professional in the sports and fitness industry for more than 20 years. He has owned and operated gyms, yoga studios and Wellness Centers. He has designed and built the infrastructure for several successful health clubs and wellness centers. He has consulted for many of the industry’s top brands on product development, education and programming. He created the sport and fitness training line of products for SKLZ. He has over 50 patents in his name. He consults with governments, Olympic committees, and military. Michael or “MC” currently leads the education and programming for SKLZ.
Todd Wright is the Vice President of Player Performance and Assistant Coach for the Los Angeles Clippers. He is currently finishing his second season with the Clippers. Wright works closely with the Medical Department, Player Development, Coaching Staff, and Sports Science to coordinate and integrate all areas of player performance.
Before his time with the Clippers Wright spent four years with the Philadelphia 76ers as an Assistant Coach and Head of Strength and Conditioning.
Prior to the NBA Coach Wright spent 21 years in college basketball and helped his teams reach 19 out of 21 NCAA tournaments including a span of 17 consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament with teams at Clemson and Texas.
Wright has had the privilege to coach and help develop many great players in his coaching career. While at Texas he coached two National Player of the Year winners in, T.J. Ford (2003) and Kevin Durant (2007).
Texas has had 18 players drafted in the 17 years under Wright, including 11 first-round selections and six lottery picks in Chris Mihm, T.J. Ford, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Durant, D.J. Augustin and Tristan Thompson. Both Aldridge (2006) and Durant (2007) were selected as the No. 2 overall picks in their respective drafts.
A native of Peabody, Mass., Wright earned his Bachelor of Science degree in health and fitness from Springfield College.
Wright is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He also is a Fellow of Applied Functional Science (FAFS) through the Gray Institute. He is received the equivalent to the graduate degree in Applied Functional Science as a PlayCoachMate. He is a practitioner in Functional Soft Tissue Transformation (FSTT) and has also served as faculty for The Gray Institute for Functional Transformation
Wright Founded Train 4 The Game in 2002, a Fitness / Sports Performance, and Physical Restoration Facility in Austin Texas. Train 4 The Game has grown to become one of the Leaders in Performance Training through the application of Applied Functional Science.
Wright has also worked with and consulted for Nike Global Basketball, Nike SPARQ and The Nike Performance Council.
He has been speaking nationally on Topics of Functional Performance and Rehabilitation since 2006, including the Training model of the Vertical Core – Functional Upright Core Training. That has been featured in Men’s Fitness and Experience Life Magazine.
Wright and his wife, Kate, reside in Manhattan Beach CA, with their two daughters, Hannah and Abigail and son, Chance.
The Basketball Physical Performance Summit offers a unique opportunity not only to learn the latest training trends from world-class coaches, but also to meet the industry’s leaders and be part of the fast-growing field of European performance training.
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Strategies to balance performance development and reduce injury incidence
Lateral Ankle Sprains: Exercise progression during rehabilitation after an acute injury
Managing acute hamstring injury – Assessment and rehab
Managing acute hamstring injury in pro basketball player – Case study
Load individualization and program design during the competition phase
Bridging the gap between strength to high sport performance
Assessment, injury reduction and RTP strategies in Basketball
Chondral lesions of the knee – Symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation – can a player go back to previous level of performance after injury?
Nutrition challenges working in professinal basketball: From theory to champions
Fascia in Training: What it is, why it matters and how to train it
Don’t miss out on this summer’s greatest learning opportunity!
We want to bring back the magic of human connection and personal interactions. Therefore, we adopted a “hybrid” format for our Summit, that allows both for one-on-one interactions and online participation.
Speakers will be physically present in Greece and, at the same time, ALL the sessions will be broadcasted online live. The number of live attendees will be determined by the Greek government soon. Reserve your spot early as seats are expected to be limited!
Physical demands monitoring in elite basketball: performance optimization and injury prevention
Award ceremony to the winner strength & conditioning coach of the 2020-21 Euroleague trophy
Isometric training for health and performance
Isometric training for health and performance
Weightlifting programming and implementation in basketball
Handpicked articles that will help you familiarize with our event and S&C coaching.
The recordings of the event are available to all registered for the event. There will also be an option to purchase soon.
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