Dr Alejandro Vaquera


Visiting Basketball Fellow School of Sport and Exercise Science University of Worcester

School of Sport and Exercise Science


Contact Details

email: a.vaquera@worc.ac.uk

Alejandro is currently the Director of Sport at the University of Leon and combines this role with that of visiting academic at the University of Worcester. He is one of the world's leading basketball strength and conditioning coaches and has worked with some of the most successful players that currently play in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the leading European leagues. He is a senior coach educator for the Spanish Basketball Federation. Whilst at Worcester, Alejandro contributes to research, undergraduate and postgraduate courses and plays an active role in player preparation at all levels.


  • Physical Activity and Sport Science
  • B.Ed. Physical Education
  • National Certification - Coach Degree Level 3

Teaching & Research

Basketball Science
Coaching Science
Basketball Training
Strength and Conditioning
Basketball Physiology
Basketball Research
Physical Education
Research Methods
Performance Analysis
Tactical Analysis in Basketball

Research Interests

Basketball Science
Basketball Physiology
Performance Analysis
Tactical Analysis in Basketball

Professional Bodies

2011. Spanish Ministry of Sport (CSD). Member of the Technical Commission in University Basketball
2011. Spanish Ministry of Sport (CSD). Technical Advisory in University Basketball
2010. Physical Education Faculty (University of Leon). Member of the Executive Committee
2005. Castilla y Leon Basketball Federation. Senior Coach/Educator
2004. Spanish Basketball Federation. Senior Coach/Educator


Vaquera A, Mielgo-Ayuso J, Calleja-González J, Leicht AS. “Match intensity and heart rate predictors in top level basketball referees during men's Eurobasket” J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2015. [Epub ahead of print]

Vaquera A, Villa JG, Morante JC, Thomas G, Renfree A, Peters DM. Validity and test-retest reliability of the TIVRE-Basket® test for the determination of aerobic power in elite male basketball players. J Strength Cond Res. 2015. [Epub ahead of print]

Vaquera, A.; Renfree, A; Thomas, G.; St Clair Gibson, A.; Calleja-Gonzalez, J. “Heart rate responses of referees during the 2011 Eurobasket Championship”. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise. 2014

Vaquera, A: Cubillo, J.L.; Tormo, V. and Morante, J.C. (2013) “Validation of a tactical analysis methodology for the study of pick and roll in basketball”. RPD. 22(1). 2013

Vaquera, A. Endurance: a proposal for integrated training Revista Clinic: Revista Tecnica de Baloncesto. 55: 29-32. Ano 2001.

Vaquera, A. Relationship between the technical and physical requirements in basketball and the influence of fatigue En l-Taller de preparacion fisica de Baloncesto. Ed  Maldonado S y otros. Ed. Gymnos. ISBN 84-8013-312-0; PP. 54-65, 2001.

Vaquera Jimenez A.; Rodriguez Marroyo J.A.;  Villa Vicente J.G.; Garcia Lopez J; Avila Ordas C; Morante Rabago, J.C. Maximum oxygen consumption in basketball; influence of gender and specific position of play Revista Archivos de Medicina del Deporte, Ano 2003.

Calleja, J.; Vaquera, A; Rodriguez, J.A. Fundamentals of cool down in basketball; proposal for postgame application protocol [Online] Available from: http://www.RendimientoDeportivo.com/N005/Artic025.htm Ano-1, no.4, Febrero 2004. [Accessed 14th November 2012] ISSN: 1578-7354.

Vaquera, A,; Morante, J.C.; Garcia-Lopez, J.; Rodriguez-Marroyo, J.A.; Avila, C.; Moenonca, P.R.; Villa, J.G. "Design and application of the field test TIVRE-Basket for the evaluation of the aerobic resistance in basketball players". Motricidad. European Journal of Human Movement, 18:19-40. Ano 2007.

Vaquera, A; Villa, J.G.; Garcia-Lopez, J.; Rodriguez-Marroyo, J.A.; Morante, J.C.; Mendoca, P.R.; Calleja, J.; Perez, X.; Cejuela, R. "Validation of a field test for the evaluation of the specific endurance in basketball" Perceptual and Motor Skills. Iberian Congress on Basketball Research. 4. pp. 99-103. Ano 2007.

Vaquera, A; Refoyo, I.; Villa, J.G.; Calleja, J.; Rodriguez-Marroyo, J.A.; Garcia-Lopez, J.; Sampedro, J. "Heart reate response to game-play in professional basketball players" Journal of Human Sport and Exercise. Vol. III; no 1. pp. 1-9. Ano 2008.

Calleja, J; Lorenzo, A.; Garcia, P.; Vaquera, A.; Djukic, I. Tapering in elite basketball. Fisiologia, entrenamiento y medicina del baloncesto. Calleja, J.y Terrados, N. Coor. Bloque 2. Capitulo 6. 2008.

Villa, J.G.; Vaquera, A. y Morante, J.C. Functional assessment of the basketball player, aerobic assessment. Bases cientificas para la salud y un optimo rendimiento en baloncesto. Drobnic, F.; Puigdellivol, J.y Bove, T. Coord. Capitulo 3.2009.

Villa, J.G.; Vaquera, A. y Garcia-Lopez, J. Functional assessment of the basketball player, anaerobic assessment Bases cientificas para la salud y un optimo rendimiento en baloncesto. Drobnic, F.; Puigdellivol, J. y Bove, T. Coord. Capitulo 4.2009.

External Responsibilities

Editorial Advisory Board: rendimientodeportivo.com
Editorial Advisory Board: eb.com
Scientific Committee member: V International Congress of Strength and Conditioning in Top Level Basketball. Sept 2007, Madrid, Spain
Scientific Committee member: III International Congress of Strength and Conditioning in Top Level Basketball. Dec 2005, Vitoria, Spain
Scientific Committee member: V Congreso Iberico de Baloncesto. Oct 2009. Cartagena. Spain
Course Director: Nuevas Perspectivas del Entrenamiento de la Fuerza en los Deportes Colectivos. Leon. Sept 2000
Clinic Director: Baloncesto de Alto Nivel en ACB. Leon. April 2011
Clinic Director: Training in Basketball. León. May 2013
Course Director: New tendencies in Basketball Training. León. Sept 2014