The International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance (IJSPP) publishes authoritative research in sports physiology and related disciplines that has direct application in enhancing sport performance, preventing declines in performance, and enhancing recovery of athletes. IJSPP is an international peer-reviewed journal dedicated to advancing the knowledge of sport and exercise physiologists, sport performance researchers, sport physicians, coaches, students, and other sport scientists. While other journals focus on exercise physiology research in controlled settings, IJSPP bridges a gap in the literature between theory and practical application.
IJSPP publishes original investigations, case studies, technical reports by submission, letters to the editor, brief reviews, and invited commentaries. The journal includes articles pertaining to individual and team sports, aspects of environmental physiology, applied sport nutrition, strength and conditioning, biomedical science, and applications of sport technology. Recent issues of IJSPP have focused on periodization paradigms, talent identification and specialization, effects of clothing and physical treatment, quantification of training load, altitude training, monitoring of fatigue and recovery, and anaerobic capacity in sports. Future issues of IJSPP will continue to offer the latest research in sports physiology and showcase articles that enrich the field.
IJSPP is also published in a digital format, providing online subscribers with the same authoritative content as the print edition but with additional advantages, including the ability to search entire issues in seconds and access to all back issues. The content of the online version of IJSPP is accessible weeks before the print version arrives by mail, and subscribers can receive each issue’s table of contents by e-mail when a new issue is published.
Ralph Beneke earned a licence to practise medicine at the University of Cologne, Germany, in 1987; a doctoral degree from the University of Cologne in 1988; and a diploma (equivalent to a master’s degree in the British or American academic system) in sport and exercise science at the German Sports University in Cologne in 1988. After a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the department of training science and motor control at Free University in Berlin and the Olympic Training Centre in Berlin, he became assistant professor in sports medicine and exercise physiology and later deputy chair of the department of sports medicine and exercise physiology at the Medical School of the Free University, where he habilitated in 1999. As professor of sport and exercise science, he was head of research and director of the Human Performance Unit at the University of Essex, England, before moving to his current position as chair and director of the department of medicine, training and health at Philipps University in Marburg, Germany, in 2011.
Ralph’s clinical experience as a physician includes working with transplant patients as well as elite athletes. He has an extensive record of sport science support and coaching of world-class athletes with and without physical impairments. His wide-ranging research has appeared in refereed sports medicine and exercise physiology publications and book chapters. Ralph has been active in a number of professional societies, including the American College of Sports Medicine, German Society of Sports Medicine and Prevention, British Association of Sport and Exercise Science, German Society of Sport Science, and Society of Pediatric Sports Medicine, for which he currently serves as president.
Ralph has been IJSPP’s editor in chief since 2013. He was an associate editor for IJSPP since 2011. From 1994 to 1996 he was foreign consulting editor, and from 1996 to 2000 he was associate editor of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Ralph has served on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Sports Medicine and the Deutsche Zeitschrift für Sportmedizin.