Duarte Luís de Freitas

Penteada University Campus , Floor 1, Office 1.6


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Biographical Notes

Duarte Freitas is Professor of Sports at the University of Madeira (UMa), Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Physical Education and Sport, Madeira Island, Portugal, and is affiliated with the Centre of Research, Education, Innovation, and Intervention in Sport (CIFI2D) of the Faculty of Sports, University of Porto, Portugal. His special research areas are growth and biological maturation of children and adolescents, and their interrelationships with fundamental motor skills, motor coordination and performance. He earned a PhD in Sport Science, a MSc, and a Licentiate in Physical Education from the Faculty of Sport of the University of Porto. He also awarded a Master of Science (by Dissertation) in Statistics and a Postgraduate Degree in Statistics and Data Analysis, both from the University of Essex, UK. Before his PhD, he spent a year at the Faculty of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences, KU Leuven, Belgium, as a visiting student in "Growth and Development Lab" under the supervision of Professor Gaston Beunen. His PhD dissertation focused on human growth, biological maturation, physical fitness, physical activity, and socioeconomic status. He teaches "Motor Development", "Physical Activity, Fitness and Health", "Research Methods", and "Gymnastics" at University of Madeira. His ongoing research projects include "Genetic and environmental influences on physical activity, fitness and health: the Madeira family study" and the "Madeira youth athlete study". His research has published over 30 peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters and books. He is recipient of various external grants, including the Portuguese National Funding Agency for Science, Research, and Technology (FCT). He was recognized with the "Zarco Award 2003". He played football (regional and university levels) and was a men's artistic gymnastic coach with athletes who competed in European and World Championships. He has as hobbies football, hiking and farming.


- Genetic and environmental influences on human height from infancy through adulthood at different levels of parental education, Aline Jelenkovic, Reijo Sund, Yoshie Yokoyama, Antti Latvala, Masumi Sugawara, Mami Tanaka, Satoko Matsumoto, Duarte L. Freitas, José Antonio Maia, Ariel Knafo- Noam, David Mankuta13, Lior Abramson, Fuling Ji, Feng Ning, Zengchang Pang, Esther Rebato, Scientific Reports, 2020, 11

- Muscle mass and muscle strength relationships to balance: The role of age and physical activity, Gouveia, E., Ihle, I., Gouveia, B., Kliegel, M., Marques, A., Freitas, D., J Aging Phys Act, 2020, 7

- Patterns of physical performance spurts during adolescence: a cross-cultural study of Canadian, Brazilian and Portuguese boys, Eduardo Guimarães , Adam D. G. Baxter-Jones , Sara Pereira , Fernando Garbeloto , Duarte Freitas , Manuel A. Janeira , Go Tani , Peter T. Katzmarzyk , Simonete Silva , Donald A. Bailey , Robert L. Mirwald & José Maia, Annals of Human Biology, 2020, 9

- Aptidão física: um denominador comum à prática desportiva, Antunes, A., Gouveia, E., Marques, G., Freitas, D., Jornadas Técnico-Pedagógicas; Boas Práticas Desportivas; II Edição do Liceu Cup., 2019

- Are there gross motor coordination spurts during mid-childhood?, Santos, M., Baxter-Jones, A., Reyes, A., Freitas, D., Henrique, R., Chaves, R., ? Maia, J., Am J Hum Biol, 2019, 9

- Atividade física e saúde, Gouveia, D., Gouveia, B., Marques, A., Lopes, H., Badia, S., Oliveira, D., Freitas, D., Ihle, A., Dia da Atividade Física e Saúde. 13º Aniversário do Clube Escola ?O Liceu? - Escola Jaime Moniz, 2019

- Balance and mobility relationships in older adults: A representative population-based cross-sectional study in Madeira, Portugal, Gouveia, E., Gouveia, B., Ihle, A., Kliegel, M., Marques, A., & Freitas, D., Arch Gerontol Geriatr, 2019, 5

- Crescimento físico humano e performance motora no pré-escolar. Um estudo em crianças da Região Autónoma da Madeira, Antunes, A., Sousa, R., Osório, R., Valério, B., Estanqueiro, J., Gouveia, É., Marques, G., Freitas, D., 978-989-8805-62-1, Desporto e Ciência 2019, 2019

- Desempenho motor, gordura corporal e fatores ambientais, Freitas, D., Antunes, A., Maia, J., Hedeker, D., Gouveia, É., Thomis, M., Lefevre, J., Barnett, L., 978-989-8805-62-1, Desporto e Ciência 2019, 2019

- Growth velocity curves and pubertal spurt parameters of Peruvian children and adolescents living at different altitudes. The Peruvian Health and Optimist Growth Study, Carla Santos Alcibíades Bustamante Peter T. Katzmarzyk Olga Vasconcelos Rui Garganta Duarte Freitas Sedigheh Mirzaei‐Salehabadi José Maia, Am J Hum Biol, 2019, 11

Academic Qualifications

- Master Degree in Estatística, 2012, University of Essex

- PhD in Ciência do Desporto, 2001, Universidade do Porto

- Master Degree in Ciências do Desporto, 1995, Universidade do Porto

- Undergraduate Degree in Educação Física, 1987, Universidade do Porto