Antonis Stavropoulos-Kalinoglou, MSC, PhD

Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Sports Coach

Research Fellow, School of Physical Education and Sports Science, University of Thessaly, Trikala, Greece


   In his early days, Antonis was a national level sprinter and an all-around sports enthusiast. His love of sports lead him to study atthe department of Physical Education and Sports Science in Trikala. He graduated first in his class and went on to study for a masters’ degree at the University of Wolverhampton, UK where he specialised in Applied Sports Physiology. He was then awarded a PhD studentship by the same University; his research focused on the applicability of exercise interventions in patients with chronic conditions and especially arthritis.

   After the successful completion of his PhD, he followed a similar line of research at Wolverhampton and Birmingham Universities as a post-doctoral researcher. In several research projects he studied the effects of exercise on various health aspects in patients with arthritis, diabetes, obesity, heart conditions, renal disease, and even cancer. Moreover, he was a visiting lecturer in both Universities and taught modules on human anatomy and physiology, exercise testing and prescription,and research methods.

   For several years, he acted as a scientific advisor to Action Heart, the largest cardiac rehabilitation unit in the UK, where he introduced and run exercise programmes for patients with various chronic conditions.

   He has published >40 articles in international peer reviewed scientific journals and has been invited to present his work in numerous conferences. His work has attracted >1000 citations. Several of his findings have been used by various national and international organisation, such as the WHO and the ARC-UK, for the development of guidelines on disease management. Antonis is often invited to give lectures in Universities and health-care institutions and is a scientific advisor to health committees. He has attracted >500.000€ in external research funding.

   Currently he is a post-doctoral researcher at the School of Physical Education and Exercise Science in Trikala, Greece. While his main focus is on Clinical Exercise Physiology, he has developed an interest in athletes. He is currently coaching top level triathletes, long distance runners (adventure running, ultra-marathons), cyclists, and skiers. Also he is actively developing new devices for exercise testing and aids for training.