We suggest you listen to this 22nd episode of the Arqus Knowledge Pills while going for a walk or a run – it will make you want to exercise!
This time, we welcome Francisco B. Ortega, Professor at the Faculty of Sport Sciences at the University of Granada, to discuss a really important topic for our overall health: sports.
In this episode, we dive into the importance of exercising for everybody but more specifically for children. The professor explains the link between physical activity and cognitive development and tells us about a fascinating survey he conducted in Granada. To end the podcast, he gives really easy and practical advice to add more physical activity to our daily lives.
Learn more about Professor Francisco B. Ortega:
After completing his Degree in Sports Sciences (1998-2002), Francisco B. Ortega did 2 separate Doctoral Theses at the University of Granada (Spain) and Karolinska Institute (Stockholm, Sweden) (2002-2008). He did his postdoc in Sweden, including 4 research stays at the University of South Carolina, USA (2008-2012). From 2012 to date, Francisco B. Ortega is working as an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Sport Sciences at the University of Granada, Spain, where he founded and is still Co-Director of the PROFITH Research group.
He has published more than 400 scientific papers in the field of physical activity, fitness and health. His papers have got more than 40 000 citations and his h-index is more than 100 in Google Scholar. This places him within the top 10 most cited researchers at the University of Granada, as number 5th Worldwide in the field of Physical Fitness and among the top 2% most cited researchers in the World (among 7 million researchers analyzed), and is acknowledged by the Web of Science as Highly Cited Researcher, an exclusive list including 0.1% of the most cited researchers in the world.
He has participated as an author in the “ACSM- Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription 11th edition” (Published in Feb 2021), and due to his extended experience in narrative reviews, systematic reviews, meta-analyses and evidence grading systems, he was selected to be part of the expert group that developed the WHO – physical activity guidelines in 2020.
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