1. 1. 2017 – 31. 12. 2021

Lead partner:

University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Sport

Project partners:

University of Primorska, Faculty of Health Sciences

Principal Researcher:

Prof. Milan Čoh

Programme coordinator at UP Faculty of Health Sciences:

Prof. Nejc Šarabon (SICRIS, ResearchGate)



The substance of the research programme is based on the theory of performance and athlete conditioning systems. This theory has been studied within several scientific disciplines (system analysis and cybernetics, biomechanics, physiology, psychology, philosophy, sociology, motorology, ecology, medicine etc.). The core subject in the study of the theory of performance and athlete conditioning systems focuses on establishing the model factors of athletes’ performance (substantive and formal-logical system references, dimensional and positional configurations, the validity of the performance models, possibilities and conditions for their transformation, transformation process management). The substantive and theoretical hypothesis of the research programme is reflected through model facts which define the sphere of athletes’ competitive and potential performance as well as the modelling of transformation processes whose methodological core is based on a systemic-cybernetic approach providing the rationale of modern sports science. The increasingly stiff competition seen in modern sport requires ever more intensive scientific and research work in the fields of the introduction and use of new methods and technologies enabling the optimal objective planning, applying and controlling of the training process. The research programme consists of the following thematic modules:

– Study of the partial potential and competitive performance of athletes or sport teams in selected sports.
– Formation of new methods for guidance, selection and specialisation in individual sports as well as studying their efficiency and applicability.
– Study of the area of basic and special motor abilities as well as their relationships with other sub-areas of athletes’ psychosomatic status in selected sports.
– Development of kinematic and dynamic procedures for objectively evaluating the parameters of specific movement structures in individual sports.
– Study of the functional, structural and tactical characteristics of individual sports.
– Study of the efficacy of various programmes and methods in motor and tactical learning.
– Study of the efficacy of methods, means and programmes designed for developing selected basic, special-motor and functional abilities from the aspect of optimising transformation procedures.
– Introduction and adaptation of new research technologies and the study of their efficacy in predicting athletes’ results.
– Computer application of the SMMS programme for the longitudinal monitoring of athletes’ measurement results.
– Upgrading of the methodology and technology applied to the study of external and internal loading of athletes in polystructural sports by means of optical vision.
– Development and application of new transformation procedures which will be based on the results of scientific and research work.

The authors acknowledge the financial support from the Slovenian Research Agency  – research core funding No. P5-0147.