Wednesday, 13 February 2013


The last 31st of January 2013 I did my PhD viva in Toledo (Spain). The Thesis entitled “Body composition, fitness level and training load controlled through the BATLOC tool in female British basketball” was awarded the International Mention and the qualification of “Summa Cum Laude” (maximum qualification). The Thesis, supervised by Dr. José María González-Ravé, has been developed between the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain) and the Manchester Metropolitan University (United Kingdom). The PhD Thesis is supported by the following publications:

  • Article 5: Berdejo-del-Fresno, D. and González-Ravé, J.M. Validation of an instrument to control and monitor the training load in basketball: the BATLOC tool. Isokinetic and Exercise Science. Under review.
  • Article 6: Berdejo-del-Fresno, D. and González-Ravé, J.M. Fitness seasonal changes relative to training load in English female basketball players. Basketball Research. Under review.
From left to right: Dr. Javier Pérez-Tejero (panel’s Secretary, INEF-Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain), Dr. Daniel Juárez Santos-García (panel's Member, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain), myself, Dr. Joao Paulo Vilas-Boas (Panel's President, Porto University, Portugal), my supervisor Dr. José María González-Ravé and the Dean of the Faculty Dr. Jose Manuel García-García.
The Thesis has studied the fitness component of the English and British female basketball players from grassroots (U17) to high level (Great Britain National Team) through the compilation of the previous six articles. Probably, this Thesis is the first one that studies the female basketball in England and the United Kingdom. 

The Thesis will be published very soon in a book, therefore if you would be interested in having a copy, you can contact me by email, and I will give you more details.

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