University of Zagreb

Faculty of Kinesiology

About employee

izv. prof. dr. sc. Sanja Šalaj

Title: Associate professor

Function: Vice dean for science


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Department of General and Applied Kinesiology
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Teaching duties

integrated undergraduate and graduate




Students' poll results

Academic Year 2018/2019, Number of Surveys = 136, Training Theory, V Semester, Grading Average = 4.43


Sanja Šalaj (Šimek) (Scientist Registration Number: 269391)
Born on September 24, 1978 in Zagreb. By ethnicity Croatian. Married, mother of two children.
She graduated from the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Zagreb in 2002 with the thesis "Training with load in women". She received her science master's degree from the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Zagreb in 2006 with the theme "Changes in the results of tests for the assessment of motor ybilities under the influence of proprioceptive training". PhD in 2011 with the subject "Bilateral deficit of lower extremity strength: influence of fatigue, speed and type of muscle contraction".
Scientific/Editorial work
Published over 20  paper on important topics from sport training and motor development (links below). Executive Editor of the Scientific Journal Kinesiology (IF2018=1.383). Chair of the International Scientific Conference on Kinesiology 2017 Program Committee.

From 2003-2015 editor of the professional journal Conditioning Training. She has participated in the organizing committee of several conferences: The Status and Perspectives of Zagreb Sport 2001, Supplementary Content for Sports Preparation 2002, Athletic Conditioning (2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). International Scientific Conference on Kinesiology (2005, 2008, 2011, 2014). 

Sports and coaching activities
She was actively involved in judo and was a member of the Croatian national selection team. Since 2003, she has worked as a fitness coach for women's basketball cadet selections and at the Montmontaža Basketball Clubs (2004) and Agram (2005 - 2008). Since 2014 fitness trainer / mentor at Jaska Jastrebarsko Judo Club, since 2016 Vice President of Jastrebarsko Judo Club.

Published papers recorded in the Croatian Scientific Bibliography Database (CROSBI)

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List of select projects

Head of the project "Development and implementation of a postgraduate specialist study program Prevention and rehabilitation of sports injuries in English" (European Social Fund Operational Program Effective Human Resources 2014-2020 Internationalization of Higher Education)
Head of the scientific project UIP-2014-09-5428 "Motor Skills in Preschool Children" funded by the Croatian Science Foundation 2015-2018.