Juan Gavala

He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physical Education and Sport at the University of Seville. His professional career, spanning more than 25 years, has been developed in several Andalusian Universities: Almería, Pablo de Olavide, Cádiz, Málaga, which he has completed with stays in American and European Universities. He is a coach of Rowing, Canoeing, Swimming and Waterpolo by national federations.   

He has participated in several R+D+i research projects related to Physical Activity, quality of life in different populations. He has supervised several doctoral theses. He is the author of more than 50 articles published in high impact and prestigious journals. He has published more than 35 monographs and nearly 40 book chapters on physical activity and sport, as well as more than a hundred participations in national and international congresses.  

Involved with the society in which he lives, he has designed an exercise programme aimed at improving the after-effects of breast cancer after surgery and treatment. His project "Vence-remos" in allusion to beating the disease thanks to rowing has crystallised in the form of teams that he coordinates such as the "Sirenas de las Mirandas, in Ares (A Coruña), and the Leonas del Guadalquivir in Seville, who were the pioneers in clarifying the importance of rowing in the recovery of women who had suffered from breast cancer.