NATIONAL SPORTS ACADEMY 'VASSIL LEVSKI', SOFIA
Department of Physiology and Biochemistry
About the University
Accredited PhD Programme: ‘Physical Education'
Code of professional field: 1.3. Physical Education Pedagogy
ASSESSMENT OF THE NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL FITNESS
IN PRE-SCHOOL & PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN
PRACTISING ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
Stefan Kolimechkov, Doctoral Candidate
Doctoral Supervisor: Ass. Prof. Albena Alexandrova PhD
& Co-Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Dr Lubomir Petrov PhD
Assoc. Prof. Dr Velizar Mihailov PhD
Prof. Dr Maria Toteva DSc
Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr Velizar Mihailov, PhD
Prof. Dr Maria Toteva DSc (Professor in Sports Medicine)
Prof. David Davidov DSc (Bulgarian Association of Sport for All)
Prof. Dr Rossica Zamfirova-Mitova PhD (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
Assoc. Prof. Dr Velizar Mihailov PhD (Head of the Department of Physiology & Biochemistry at the National Sports Academy)
Assoc. Prof. Iliq Kiuchukov PhD (Department of Gymnastics at the National Sports Academy)
2015 - 2018
'I wish to achieve and maintain the highest standards of teaching and safe practice in all aspects of Physical Education and Sports Coaching. Therefore, pursuing the highest academic qualification, which is the PhD Degree, is of the greatest importance for my professional career and the realisation of my long-term goals and objectives.'
Stefan Kolimechkov, Doctoral Candidate
Nutrition and Physical Fitness
This research concerns the nutrition and physical fitness of primary school children, engaged in artistic gymnastics. More information for those who would like to take part in this study is available here. Now, let's take a look and see why assessing nutrition and physical fitness is so important, and discuss, how diet and high level of physical fitness can improve our children's health and well-being.
Physical fitness is an excellent indicator of the health of children and is a predictor of health in later life. Moreover, it is essential to have an adequate assessment of the energy consumption, as well as the diet of children, in order to guide their proper and harmonious physical development and successful participation in sports activities. Furthermore, measuring, assessing and monitoring of physical development and nutrition should be considered a public health priority.
2012: started thinking about pursuing a PhD Degree after a highly successful defence of my Master’s thesis at the end of the year.
2013: moved to the United Kingdom in January and started working in the field of Sports Coaching.
2013: published a peer-reviewed article, entitled 'Assessment of the physical development of pre-school and primary school children practising artistic gymnastics', which was expanded upon the work contained within my Master’s Thesis.
2014: started preparing a Proposal project and improving the methodology from my research.
2015: started conducting my research in the United Kingdom in January, 2015.
2015: in May I sent my Proposal project to the National Sports Academy in Sofia for official approval. One month later, my proposal was officially accepted, and on the 1 July 2015 I was assigned for a three-year higher education distance learning course, leading to a PhD degree in the Physical Education Pedagogy research area, in the following PhD programme: 'Theory and Methods of Physical Education and Sports Training, including Physiotherapy' at the Physiology and Biochemistry Department.
2015: took my compulsory PhD modules at the National Sports Academy, Sofia, from 26 till 31 October 2015
2016: published my first international peer-reviewed article in the African Journal for Physical Activity and Health Sciences in June, 2016.
Sep 2016: provided with an annual evaluation report (2015-2016) from the Physiology and Biochemistry Department at the University in Sofia, which states that I have achieved an overall score of 117 points (out of 130) for my first year as a PhD student.
Dec 2016: took and passed with flying colours the 'PhD I.3 Statistical Methods and Data Analysis' exam as well as the 'PhD.IV Final Doctoral Examination' at the National Sports Academy. As of 14th of December 2016 I, Stefan Kolimechkov (PhD student, N339), have taken and passed all of the PhD modules at the University in Sofia and I am currently a 2-nd year PhD student.
2017: published an article, entitled 'Physical fitness assessment in children and adolescents: a systematic review' in the European Journal of Physical Education and Sport Science in April, 2017.
Apr 2017: I was invited to join the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Physical Education and Sport Science. This is an international peer-reviewed journal, which publishes academic research in various fields, such as sport, physical activity, health and nutrition, etc.
June 2017: I was recognised as a Certified Exercise Practitioner by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.
2017: I am now a 3-rd year PhD student at the NSA, Sofia, and my research, entitled 'Assessment of the Nutrition and Physical Fitness of Primary School Children Practising Artistic Gymnastics', is currently underway here in the United Kingdom.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO TOOK PART IN THIS RESEARCH
- LEVSKI SPORTS CLUB, Sofia, Bulgaria
many artistic gymnasts from Levski Gymnastics Club, a member of Levski S.C.,
took part in my Master's degree research and established the foundation for this Doctoral dissertation.
- ELITE GYMNASTICS ACADEMY CIC, London, England, UK;
many artistic gymnasts from the Elite G.A. have taken part in this PhD Research.
- 1066 GYMNASTICS ACADEMY, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, UK;
artistic gymnasts from 1066 G.A. have taken part .
- ST EDMUND'S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL, London, England, UK;
non-gymnast children from St Edmund's Primary School have taken part.
- HOLLAND PARK PRE-PREP SCHOOL, London, England, UK;
non-gymnast children from Holland Park School have taken part.
- EAST LONDON GYMNASTICS CLUB, London, England, UK;
artistic gymnasts from East London G.C. have taken part.
- SUTTON GYMNASTICS ACADEMY, London, England, UK;
artistic gymnasts from Sutton G.A. have taken part.
- BASINGSTOKE GYMNASTICS CLUB, Basingstoke, England, UK;
artistic gymnasts from Basingstoke G.C. have taken part.