Rita Alexandra Prior Falhas Santos Rocha

Academic degree

  • Bachelor/Degree: Sport Science – Faculty of Human Kinetics, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal (1996).
  • Master: Exercise & Health – Faculty of Human Kinetics, Technical University of Lisbon (2000).
  • PhD: Human Movement, specialization in Health & Fitness – Faculty of Human Kinetics, Technical University of Lisbon (2006).
  • Other (post-grade courses): Public Management – INA, Lisbon (2010); Practical Epidemiology – Institute of Preventive Medicine – Fac. Medicine of Lisbon, Univ. Lisbon (2001).

Current position

  • Associate Professor at ESDRM-IPS – Sport Sciences School of Rio Maior – Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, Portugal (Professora Coordenadora).
  • Researcher at Neuromechanics of Human Movement of CIPER – The Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Human Performance – Faculty of Human Kinetics, Technical University of Lisbon.

Lecturing activities

Exercise Testing & Prescription, Physical Activity & Public Health, Biomechanics of Exercise.

Research interests

  • Effect of biomechanical loading on the musculoskeletal system in women during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Effect of morphology and physical activity.
  • Biomechanics of locomotion in elderly people. Relevant variables for risk of fracture reduction.
  • Biomechanical load on the musculoskeletal system in overweight and obese adolescents. Effect of morphology and physical activity.