prof. Ing. František Zahálka, Ph.D.

President of the Academic Senate of Charles University

+420 220 172 297

Rectorate of Charles University

The Secretariat of the Academic Senate

Ovocný trh 560/5

116 36 Prague 1


  • Agenda of the Academic Senate of Charles University

Professional profile:

Graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the CTU (1986), then obtained a teaching qualification at the then Research Institute of Engineering Studies (VÚIS CTU) and a Ph.D. at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport of Charles University (1996). He is a full professor of kinanthropology at Charles University. His scientific work focuses mainly on diagnosis and objectification of human movement in the field of elite sport and physiotherapy. Since 2002, he has been the head of the Human Movement Laboratory, which has become an important department in the field of sports sciences. In the field of academic self-government, he is one of the longest serving members of the Senate at Charles University: he has held positions in the presidency for seven years and has been the Senate chair for three years.

Work experience:

  • since 2002 to present - Head of the Department of the Human Movement Laboratory of the Faculty of Sports and Sports Sciences of Charles University

  • since 1996 - academic staff member of the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport at Charles University

  • since 1991 - researcher at Faculty of Physical Education and Sport at Charles University

  • 1986 to 1991 - Research Institute of Physical Education CU


  • 2018 - Professor (Kinantropology, CU)

  • 2012 - Associate Professor (Kinantropology, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport at Charles University)

  • 1996 - Ph.D. (Kinantropology, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport at Charles University)

  • 1991 - pedagogical qualification (VÚIS CTU)

  • 1986 - Ing. (microelectronics, FEL CTU)

Teaching activity:

Head/trainer of dozens of defended B.Sc. D. and M.Sc. theses, also seven defended Ph.D. dissertations;

Guarantor and teacher of many courses in Bachelor and Master’s studies;

Member of the Departmental Council of Kinanthropology.

International internships:

2016 - Seton Hall University (USA)

2015 - California State University (USA)

2014 - State University of Portland (USA)

2013 - University of South Florida (USA)

2004 - University of Calgary (Canada)

2004 - University of Montreal, Sainte-Justine Hospital (Canada)

2003 - INSEP Paris (France)

Publication and creative activities:

103 publications (90 of them registered by Web of Science) in international impacted journals and proceedings with 305 citations according to Web of Science (897 according to Google Scholar), h-index 11

11 books (author or co-author of chapters)

1 utility model

4 patents, including 2 US patents

Popularization activities:

➤ Educational and methodological videos, e.g. I want to be a footballer (1991, 90 min.), Go, you will do it (1999, 60 min.), Concept of offense in the game: Spain European champion (2008, 55 min.), etc.

Selected grants:

  • Since 2018 - Coordinator, UNCE, No. HUM032 "University Centre of Excellence for Sports Performance Research in Elite Sport"

  • 2018 to 2021 - co-investigator, GA Czech Republic, No. 19-12150S "Morphological, physiological and injury-related predispositions in elite football players"

  • since 2017 - Principal Investigator, SVV FTVS UK

  • 2017 - Principal Investigator, TA ČR, GAMA PP1 "Measuring device for muscle strength assessment"

  • 2016 to 2018 - co-investigator, GA CR, No. 16-21791S "Identification, differentiation and discrimination of maladaptive processes in children and youth"

  • 2008 to 2010 - Principal Investigator, GA CR, No. 19-12150S "Determinants of limit performance in children and youth"

Scientific profile (ORCID):


"Hard work, honesty, dedication and patience, success never comes instantly and without all these qualities success always disappears soon."

Interests, hobbies:

Enjoys music and culture in general. He likes travelling, but most of all he loves South Bohemia. His life's hobby, his job and his life's work was and is sport and movement. He considers it lucky when a hobby and profession can be combined.

prof. Ing. František Zahálka, Ph.D. – photo for download (.jpg; 2.46 MB)

Last change: February 16, 2023 15:24 
Share on: Facebook Share on: Twitter
Share on:  
Contact Us

Charles University

Ovocný trh 5

Prague 1

116 36

Czech Republic

CU Point - Centre for Information, Counselling and Social Services


Phone: +420 224 491 850

Erasmus+ info:



How to Reach Us