Olivier Girard received his Ph.D. degree in human movement sciences from the University of Montpellier, Montpellier, France in December 2006. For his thesis he studied neuromuscular fatigue and mechanical alterations in intermittent sporting activities, such as racquet sports. His particular research interests include the lower-limb contribution during the power serve as it relates to performance level and fatigue. In addition, he has developed field-based tests in tennis and squash and compared different training modalities in tennis and team sports. He is currently working as a Research Scientist within the Research and Education Centre in Aspetar Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, Doha, Qatar, a post he has held since April 2008. His actual researches are mainly concerned with the impact of environmental stress on neuromuscular fatigue development. They integrate a multidisciplinary approach (neurophysiology and biomechanics) and articulate around the importance of neuro mechanical, metabolic and cardiorespiratory adjustments in response to high-intensity, intermittent loco motor exercises (repeated sprints) performed in stressful conditions (high temperature and/or elevated altitude). To date, he has published more than 35 articles in peer-review journals and 10 book chapters.
Biography Updated on 19 June 2012