Department of Sports Kinanthropology
Faculty of Physical Education and Sport
Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia
Prof. Dr. Erika Zemková is a professor in the Department of Sports Kinanthropology, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport (FPE&S), Comenius University in Bratislava. For two and a half years (2012–2015) she was a vice-director of the Hamar Diagnostic Center at the FPE&S. She also works as a senior researcher at the Technological Institute of Sports, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava.
She completed her Masters Degree in Professional Coaching in 1994, and a Doctoral Degree in the Sports Kinanthropology in 1999. In 2004, she received advanced IIa Scientific Qualification Degree at the Slovak Academy of Sciences. In 2007, she became associate professor of Sports Kinanthropology and in 2013 full professor of Sports Kinanthropology. In 2008, she graduated at the Institute of International Relations and Law Approximation, Faculty of Law, Comenius University in Bratislava.
Prof. Zemková began her scientific career in the Department of Sports Medicine of the Institute of Sport Sciences under the guidance of prof. Dušan Hamar, MD, Ph.D., where her research centred on issues dealing with the sport-specific exercise testing. Her early interest focused on specifying the limiting factors of sport performance in elite athletes. She then developed research which mainly concentrated on understanding the physiological mechanisms of post-exercise balance impairment. She also explored methods for objectively evaluating sensorimotor performance following exercise programs in various groups. In recent years, she has investigated the power performance under stable and unstable conditions. Currently, she is working on functional assessment of core stability and strength in athletes and individuals with motor control disorders.
She has authored and co-authored monographs, books, book chapters, university textbooks, numerous peer-reviewed articles and abstracts, which have been cited in scientific journals. She has given several presentations at scientific congresses and seminars including invited lectures. Two presentations were awarded at scientific conferences for postgraduate students (1998) and two achieved Fulbright Occasional Lecturer Program Award (2006). More information on publications and citations can be found at
She has been a principal investigator and co-investigator of many research projects. So far, projects conducted under her supervision were completed with achievement of excellence results. She has served on the grant review board of the Scientific Grant Agency of the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic and the Slovak Academy of Sciences (2005–2012). Since 2014 she has been an independent expert for the evaluation of research proposals for the European Commission under Horizon 2020. She is also a member of scientific council of the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport (2008–present) and a member of various professional societies (1997–present).
Her academic appointments and duties include teaching university courses, advising under- and post-graduate students, co-authoring study programs, supervising coaching specializations, and serving on institutional committees. She has trained several Bachelor, Master, and PhD students. She has been a lecturer at the Post-graduate Academy of Sport Medicine, Coaching Academy and various Sporting Associations. Coventry University Research Committee awarded her a Visiting Professorship in Physical Education and Sport at the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Coventry University (2012–2015).
During the past 15 years, she has received fellowships for conducting research at foreign universities, including the Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professional Development Award (College of Engineering at University of Michigan, 2009), Fulbright Award (NeuroMuscular Research Center at Boston University, 2005–2006), Aktion Österreich – Slowakei Stipendium (Faculty of Sports Science and University Sports at University of Vienna, 2005), NATO Expert Visit Award (College of Life Sciences and Medicine at University of Aberdeen, 2005), CIMO Fellowship (Research Institute for Olympic Sports in Jyväskylä, 2003), as well as for teaching activities through the Erasmus Program (2004–2013) and visits based on bilateral agreements between Universities (2012 and 2013).
Her scientific and academic work was noted for merit by the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport (2011 and 2012). More information can be found at National Encyclopedia of Sport and Who is Who in Slovak Science.