EuroLeague Players’ Association represents the players’ unified voice in regards to EuroLeague Basketball and assists their members in achieving their goals, on and off the court. ELPA’s specific intention is to defend and pursue the rights of professional basketball players in the EuroLeague. Through Collective Bargaining with Euroleague Basketball and the EuroLeague clubs, ELPA will seek to achieve a higher level of protection of players’ individual and collective rights and to improve the working conditions, economic benefits, and job security of all its members.
In collaboration with specialists in various sports fields, ELPA provides support for players’ physical and mental well-being. ELPA also engages in organisational, financial, educational, and marketing activities which advance the economic stability and security of its members. Furthermore, through charity and personal development programs, ELPA strives to connect its members with the wider community.
Head of Player Relations
TJAŠA PAVLIČ BUCIK
JOSÉ LASA AZPEITIA
(Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein)
The mission of ELPA Performance Advisory Board is to help improve players’ professional lives by interpreting and sharing the newest practical, scientific and methodological information about training, recovery, rehabilitation, performance management, psychology, nutrition and any other aspect that can serve the main goal – maximising the length and success of each player’s professional career.
As an inclusive and independent group of specialists, ELPA Performance Advisory Board will openly share their experiences, studies and researches with the aim to build mutual beneficial relationships with EuroLeague clubs and a wider basketball community. The Performance Advisory Board’s newsletter is available here.
Performance Advisory Board can be contacted at email@example.com
Strength & Conditioning
was the first European Head Strength & Conditioning Coach in the NBA (Toronto Raptors). He worked with Benetton Treviso and Virtus Bologna, and was the Head S&C coach of the Russian and Italian national teams. As consultant, he shared his expertise with CSKA Moscow, Fenerbahce Istanbul, AX Armani Exchange Milan. He is teaching Training methodology for team sports at the University of Udine, and is director of the Scientific Department and manager of Research and Innovation at Technogym. He is founder/member of the Executive Board of the European Physical Conditioning Association (EPCA).
Ph.D., is a chair professor in sports training at university of the Basque Country (Spain). As an international lecturer in more than 30 countries, he is one of the most recognized specialists in sports recovery. Currently, he works for the Spanish Olympic Committee and is also the personal performance scientist of Serge Ibaka (NBA Champion, 2019). He is a member of the European College of Sports Sciences (ECSS), and founder/member of the Executive Board of the European Physical Conditioning Association (EPCA).
Ph.D., is a university professor, international lecturer, and high-performance specialist in sport. As a strength and conditioning coach, Igor worked with the Croatian national senior and youth basketball teams from 1994-2006, and with the Croatian national football team from 2014-2016. He was head of performance in the Baskonia-Alaves group. He founded Biotrening Ltd., a company related to high performance in sport, which supports top-level athletes and teams around the globe. He is a founder of the Executive Board of the European Physical Conditioning Association (EPCA).
is a professor in Sports Psychology at Tecnocampus-Pompeu Fabra University (Spain) and has 17 years of experience as a professional basketball player. She obtained her BA (honors) in Psychology at University of Barcelona and Masters in Sports Psychology at U.N.E.D. Madrid. As a Sports Psychologist she worked with countless sports clubs (including F.C. Barcelona) and top-level professional athletes from basketball, MotoGP, soccer, tennis, swimming and others. She is the founder of Themoove, a company that helps professional athletes in their transition to retirement and second career.
Sports Data Science
Ph.D., is director of the Research Center for Sports, Health and Human Development (CIDESD), where he heads the Creative Lab and SporTech, with a focus on performance analysis in team sports and technological applications in sports. His main interests and field of expertise are performance analysis and statistics, complex and dynamical systems, cooperative learning, collective behavior, and creativity. He produced more than 230 publications in international peer-review journals and textbooks and is currently a professor with tenure at the UTAD for teaching and researching.
Sergej M. Ostojić
Sports and Clinical Nutrition
Ph.D., received medical degree at the University of Belgrade School of Medicine and obtained MSc in Medical Sciences, Medical Specialist degree, and Ph.D. in Medical Sciences at the University of Belgrade. His postdoc and CME education include training in mitochondrial medicine (Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science), and nutrition and metabolism (Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health). He is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Society for Nutrition, the American Physiological Society, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the Nutrition Society.
is a professor of orthopedics and sports medicine at Acibadem University (Faculty of Medicine) in Istanbul, Turkey. He made his sports medicine fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic, Iowa City. He gave lectures at Penn State University, Cleveland Clinic, Campbell Clinic, Stanford University, Houston Texas University, and HSS Hospital. He is the leading editor of multinational basketball sports injuries book with the mission of collaboration between American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery & Arthroscopy.