Damir Zubac is a human movement scientist whose expertise lies in the evaluation and interpretation of physiological processes related to physical training and elite athletic performance. He completed his thesis on measurement resolution of urinary dehydration markers in elite athletes in 2016 at the University of Split, Faculty of Kinesiology, Split, Croatia. Portions of his thesis were recently published in high impact factor journals including European Journal of Sport Science, Journal of Sports Sciences and International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. Over the last couple of years, he had published nine peer-review papers in international journals, two book chapters and was a reviewer for three international peer-review journals as well. In 2016 he was the recipient of ”The Youth Research of the Year Award” in Croatia, as well as the “Rectors award” from the University of Split for his exceptional academic achievements. Just recently he had received an Erasmus+ scholarship, at the Zinman College of Physical Education and Sports Sciences at the Wingate Institute, Netanya, Israel. He currently researches at two institutions namely Department of Biomedicine and Anthropology at the University of Split, Faculty of Kinesiology and Science and Research Centre Koper, Institute of Kinesiology Research.

Under supervision of Boštjan Šimunič , PhD and Shawnda A. Morrsion, PhD he had successfully coordinated the nationally funded project looking at the effects of acute dehydration on neuromuscular performance in Olympic combat athletes [Grant no. RR-15-073]. Within the Erasmus+ international cooperation frame he had undergone extensive laboratory training at the University of Primorska, department of Applied Kinesiology, Slovenia and Institute for Kinesiology and Sport at the University of Split, Croatia and was (and still is) involved in five different research projects that were conducted during that time. Lastly, he was also a part of the Science and Research Center Koper, Institute for Kinesiology Research, Koper, Slovenia research group that was placed between 101-150 in the Shanghai list of research institutes in 2016/17.

Research fields:

  • Sports related dehydration,
  • Muscle function,
  • Exercise physiology,
  • Physiological response of top athletes.