Principal Lecturer, Exercise Physiology
Department of Life & Sports Sciences
School of Science
Dr Monèm Jemni is known as the world’s leading expert in physiology of gymnastics following careers as an international coach as well as a scientist. He has helped to coach Olympic medal winners, carried out research and has received awards in different universities in France, Tunisia, USA and the UK.
His research areas includes the enhancement of physiological aspects of human performance and more recently health-related issues (obesity, type 2 diabetes, diet and hormonal regulation in relation to exercise).
- PhD and MSc Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Rennes II (France)
- BSc Sport and Exercise Science, University of Paris V (France)
- BSc Sport and Exercise Science, University of Sfax (Tunisia).
Responsibilities within the university
Research, Development and Enterprise
Outreach and Internationalisation
Area of expertise
- Exercise physiology: effect of exercise on health conditions and performance
- Academic writing
- Sport science consultancies and support for teams & individuals
- International relations
- Organising international events
Membership of professional bodies
- Associate chief editor: International Scientific Journal of Kinesiology - Sport Scientific And Practical Aspects - http://www.sportspa.com.ba
- Associate chief editor - The International Archive of Research on Fitness (www.iarfonline.com)
- Section editor - MJSSM: Montenegrin journal of sports science and medicine (http://mjssm.me/?sekcija=page&p=10)
- Section editor - Applied Research in Gymnastics: (http://www.fmh.utl.pt/science-gymnastics/index.php/en/)
- Section editor - Journal of Sport Science and Law www.rivista.scienzemotorie.unipa.it/
- Section editor - Elite Gymnastic Journal. http://www.gym.net/useca/
Membership and responsibilities
- Chair ISAFA: International Science And Football Association www.isafa.info
- Artistic gymnastics / higher academy scientific expert for London Olympics 2012; http://www.games-experts.com/search/?q=jemni
- Since June 2011: Member at the Diabetes Group within the South Asian Health Foundation (SAHF) http://www.sahf.org.uk/Members.aspx?role=Working&wgid=13
- Since 2005: Member of the European College of Sport Science
- Since 2004: Member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science.
- Since 2000: Member of the United States Elite Coach Association (USECA).
- Since 1997: Member of the French Association for Research into Gymnastic and Acrobatic Activities [Association Française pour la Recherche en Activités Gymniques et Acrobatiques (AFRAGA)] in charge of the International Relations; member of the scientific committee.
- Research in Physiological aspects of Football
- Research on vibration training
- Research on Exercise and metabolic disorders: obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular conditions
- Collaborative research with France, Italy, Spain, Tunisia, USA: health and exercise; monitoring and enhancement of human performances
- Research on physiological aspects of gymnastics
Consultancy and Academic Activities
Invited visiting professor in 2013-14 at the Franche-Comté, Besancon, France. Postgraduate teaching (under process)
Invited visiting professor in 2013 at the Chinese Institute of Sport Science www.ciss.cn/ 2 weeks postgraduate teaching and research (under process)
Invited keynote speaker: 15th Annual Conference of the South Asian Health Foundation. Nov 2014 – Birmingham, UK www.sahf.org.uk
Invited keynote speaker (opening talk): 10th International Sport Science and Physical Education Conference. Podgorcia, Montenegro, 4-7 April 2013. www.isafa.info/news/html
Invited to attend the public consultation meeting organized by NICE to discuss the “Physical activity advice for adults in primary care (PH2)”. http://guidance.nice.org.uk/PHG/73
Invited keynote speaker (opening talk): AGU Scientific Symposium, 13 Nov 2012, Putian, China: Science of Gymnastics. http://www.agu-gymnastics.com/index.php/2011-04-23-20-34-01/389-agu-scientific-symposium-science-of-gymnastics-2012
Invited visiting professor: Master Degree in Sport Science, School of Sport Science and Physical Education - University of Manuba, Tunisia. May 2012
Invited keynote speaker: Fifth International Scientific Congress "Sport, Stress, Adaptation". National Sport Academy Vasil Levski, Sofia, Bulgaria. 23-25 April 2010 http://ssa.nsa.bg/en - http://www.nsa.bg/
Chair of the Scientific Symposium held in parallel to the Asian Rhythmic Gymnastics Games and Keynote, 14-20 February 2010, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. http://www.agu-gymnastics.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=162:agu-organized-the-2nd-scientific-seminar-in-tashkent&catid=40:main-news&Itemid=50
Invited keynote speaker (opening talk) and member of the scientific committee. International Congress of Gymnastics. 23-25 October 2009. Lisbon, Portugal. http://icgymnastics-ing.webnode.com/
Chair of the Scientific Symposium held in parallel to the Asian Gymnastics Games and Keynote, Doha, Qatar, 14 Nov 2008. http://www.agu-gymnastics.com/
Invited keynote speaker International Symposium in Gymnastics. National Sport Academy Vasil Levski, Sofia, Bulgaria. 28 - 30 May 2008.
Invited keynote speaker (opening talk): World Gymnastics summit. Rio De Janeiro – Brazil, 18 - 20 July 2007. State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and Social Commerce Service Organisation (SESC – Rio) Barão Geraldo - Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. http://www.fef.unicamp.br/sigrac
Invited speaker: Sport Injury Symposium. Anglia Ruskin University, 19 May 2007, Chelmsford.
Chair of the First International Sport Science Symposium and Keynote. Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, 20 June 2006
Chair of the 5th International Congress of the AFRAGA (Association Française de Recherche en Activités Gymniques et Acrobatiques) and Keynote. Tunisia, 11-13 April 2005. http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/carnegie/afraga/
Organising events and consultancy
Creator ISAFA: International Science And Football Association www.isafa.info
London 2012 Olympic Games expert in Gymnastics http://www.games-experts.com/search/?q=jemni.
International Consultant: The Adolescents Surveillance System for Obesity (ASSO). Funded by the Italian Ministry of Health in conjunction with the World Health Organisation. http://www.assoproject.info
Consultant with the South Asian Health Foundation (SAHF) www.sahf.org.uk
Sport Science consultant – Gillingham Football Club, Kent
Scientific consultant with the Asian Gymnastics Union 2011-12 http://www.agu-gymnastics.com/
Co-Director of “Power Plate Research Institute” for vibration training in conjunction with the University of Greenwich and Power Plate Company. 2010-2012. http://www.powerplate.com
Chair and organiser of the International Week of Football. 15-17 April 2011, Palermo, Italy www.scienceandfootball.org
Sport Science consultant with Charlton Athletic Football Club 2009-10 http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/sport/2382184.addicks_stars_get_set_for_new_campaign/?act=login
International relations consultant: The Second International Conference in Information and Communication Technology and Accessibility. (ICTA 2009) May 7-9, 2009, Hammamet – Tunisia http://www.icta.rnu.tn/
Manager of the “International Conference on Mental Health” organised by Bedfordshire Centre for Mental Health Research in association with University of Cambridge. Churchill College, Cambridge. UK. 11 - 13 October 2007:
International relations consultant: The first International Conference in Information and Communication Technology and Accessibility (ICTA). April 12-14, 2007, Hammamet – Tunisia http://www.esstt.rnu.tn/utic/tica2007/accept_paper.htm
Invited lecturer and curriculum consultant: Master Degree in Sport Science, School of Sport Science and Physical Education - University of Sfax, Tunisia. 5-8 April 2007. http://www.issepsf.rnu.tn/eng/default.asp
Co-Director of the “Science in Gymnastics Symposium” held in conjunction with the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships and USA Gymnastics, 23 August 2003, Anaheim, Los Angeles, USA.
Consultant with the French national men gymnastics team (pole INSEP).
Responsibilities: Physical preparation, periodization and physiological monitoring. 1996 – 2000, 2012
Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise
International Scientific Journal of Kinesiology
Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
Journal of Sports Sciences
Journal of Sport Science and Medicine
European Journal of Applied Physiology
European Journal of Sport Science
Journal of Physical Activity and Health
Elite Gymnastic Journal” edited by the USECA
The European Institute for Exercise Mental and Metabolic Disorders (in process).
ISAFA: International Science and Football Association
International Week of Football
Asian Gymnastics Union
Jemni. M. (2011) The Science of Gymnastics. Routledge, Francis and Taylor Group Edition. ISBN-10: 0415549912.
Jemni M, Bianco A, Palma A. Proceeding of the 1st International Conference Science and Football. Palermo, Italy 15-17 April 2011. CONI publications (ISBN 978-88-905268-2-4)
Jemni M. (2010) Proceeding of the Scientific Symposium “The latest Research in Rhythmic Gymnastics” held parallel to the Asian Rhythmic Gymnastics Games, 14-20 February 2010, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Jemni M. (2008) Proceeding of the Scientific Seminar “The latest Research in Artistic Gymnastics”. Held in parallel to the 4th Asian Artistic Gymnastics Games. Aspire Academy, Doha, Qatar, 14th Nov 2008.
Jemni M, Robin JF. (2005) Proceeding of the 5th International Conference of the AFRAGA (Association Française de Recherche en Activités Gymniques et Acrobatiques), Hammamet, Tunisia, 11 - 13 April. AFRAGA Editions.
Full Peer-Reviewed Articles
Marina M, Jemni M. A two-season longitudinal follow-up study of plyometric training in well-trained pre-pubertal female gymnasts. (modification required J Strength Cond Res. Impact factor 1.83)
Jemni M, Asllani A, Mkaouer B, Nnadi U, Sands WA (2013) Acute vibration-induced stretching enhanced hamstring and quadriceps viscoelasticity but did not affect maximal voluntary contractions in footballers. (modification required J Strength Cond Res. Impact factor 1.83)
Tabacchi G, Amodio E, Di Pasquale Ma, Bianco A, Jemni M, Mammina C (2013) Validation and reproducibility of dietary assessment methods in adolescents: a systematic literature review. (modification required - Public Health Nutrition Journal. June. Impact factor 2.169)
Marina M, Jemni M. (2013) A two-season longitudinal follow-up study of jumps with added weights and counter movement jumps in well-trained pre-pubertal female gymnasts. (accepted, in press J Sport Med Physical Fitness. Impact factor 0.85).
Marina M, Jemni M, Rodríguez FA. (2013) Comparison of the Squat Jumps and Counter-Movement Jumps with progressive added loads’ performance between elite gymnasts and a matching control group. (accepted, in press J Sport Med Physical Fitness. Impact factor 0.85)
Mkaouer B, Jemni M, Amara S, Chaabèn H, Padulo J, Tabka Z (2013) Kinematic and kinetic analysis of three different techniques of arms’ swing during standing back somersault (accepted, in press Human Movement Science Journal. Impact factor 1.8)
Mkaouer B, Jemni M, Amara S, Chaabèn H, Tabka Z (2012) Kinematic and kinetic analysis of counter movement jump versus two different types of standing back somersaults. Sc Gym J. 4(3):61-71
Filingeri D, Jemni M, Bianco A, Zeinstra E, Jimenez A. (2012) The effects of vibration during maximal graded exercise: a pilot study. J Sports Sc & Med. 11, 423 – 429. (Impact factor 0.6)
Marina M, Jemni M, Rodríguez FA, Jimenez A. (2012) Plyometric jumping performances’ comparison between elite male and female gymnasts and similar age groups. J Strength Cond Res. 26(7):1879-1886 (Impact factor 1.83)
Bianco A, Mammina C, Paoli A, Bellafiore M, Battaglia G, Caramazza G, Palma A, Jemni M. (2011) Protein supplementation in strength and conditioning adepts: knowledge, dietary behaviour and practice in Palermo, Italy. Int Soc Sports Nutr. 29;8(1):25. (Impact factor 1.65)
Bianco A, Pomara F, Jemni M, Paoli A, Petrucci M, Bellafiore M, Palma A. (2011) Influence of family history of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus on basal metabolic rate in sedentary and active women. Panminerva Med. 53(4):253-9. (Impact factor 1.3)
Zaman J, Jemni M. (2011) South Asians, physical exercise and heart disease. Heart. 97(8):607-609. (Impact factor 4.3)
Sands W, McNeal J, Jemni M, Patenti G. (2011) Thinking Sensibly about Injury Prevention and Safety. Sc Gym J. 3:43-58
Ftaiti F, Jemni M, Kacem A, Zaouali MA, Tabka Z, Zbidi A, Grélot L. (2008) Effect of hyperthermia and physical activity on circulating growth hormone. Appl Physiol, Nut, and Met, (33)5: 880-887. (Impact factor 1.8)
Sands W, McNeal J, Stone M, Kimmel W, Haff G, Jemni M. (2008) The Effect of Vibration on Active and Passive Range of Motion in Female Elite Synchronized Swimmers. Eur J Sport Science 8(4): 217 – 223 (Impact factor 0.98)
Abstracts published in peer reviewed conference proceedings
Jemni M, Vahedi A. (2013) The ISAFA Aerobic Fitness Test. A trial into the validation of a cardio-respiratory endurance test for football players. Eur College Sport Sc Congress. Barcelona, Spain, June 2013.
Sands W.A, McNeal J.R, Alumbaugh B, Penitente G, Jemni M, Murray S.R, Chinyang C, Sole C.J, Stone M.H. (2013) Tumbling Take-Off Foot Contact Comparisons – Two Types of Gymnastics Spring Floors. American College of Sports Medicine annual Congress. May, Indiana, USA.
Jemni M. (2012) Eastern vs Western Champions… Science, coaching, or magic?! Asian Gymnastics Union’ Scientific Symposium: Science of Gymnastics. Fujian, China http://www.agu-gymnastics.com/index.php/2011-04-23-20-34-01/389-agu-scientific-symposium-science-of-gymnastics-2012
Tabacchi G, Morici M, Alessi N, Censi L, Bianco A, Amodio E, Jemni M, Mammina C. A web-based surveillance system for adolescents lifestyles and obesity prevention. The ASSO Project. 45th National Congress SITES (Italian Society of Hygiene) "The Prevention and Public Health at the service of the country. 3-6 October 2012, Cagliari, Italy
Tabacchi G, Morici M, Bianco A, Jemni M, Alessi N, Censi L, Amodio E, Mammina C. (2012) A methodology development for a web-based surveillance system of adolescent food habits and lifestyles – The ASSO Project. 8th International Conference on Diet and Activity Methods (ICDAM 8), 14-16 May 2012, Rome, Italy.
Tabacchi G, Bianco A, Jemni M, Amodio E, Mammina C. (2011) A web-based system for nutritional surveillance. The Project ASSO – Adolescents and Surveillance System for the Obesity prevention. 11th European Nutrition Conference FENS, 26-29 October 2011, Madrid, Spain. Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism 2011, 58(suppl 3): 416
Filingeri D, Bianco A, Jemni M, Mammina C, Paoli A, Palma A, Tabacchi G. (2011) A web-based surveillance system for nutritional and physical activity in adolescence: The ASSO Project. III Annual Congress SISMES (Italian Society of Motor and Sport Sciences), 29 September - 1 October 2011, Verona, Italy. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness September 2011, Vol. 51 – Suppl. 1-3: 57
Asllani A and Jemni M. (2011) The effects of vibration stretching and passive stretching on the hamstring flexibility and strength in football players. In: Jemni M, Bianco A, Palma A, Eds; Proceedings of the 1st International Conference in Science and Football. International Week of Football. 15-17 April 2011, Palermo, Italy. CONI publications ISBN 978 - 88 - 905268-2-4
Beattie D, Jemni M. (2011) Comparing phase II of the VO2 kinetics during cycling with and without vibration. In: Jemni M, Bianco A, Palma A, Eds; Proceedings of the 1st International Conference in Science and Football. International Week of Football. 15-17 April 2011, Palermo, Italy. CONI publications ISBN 978 - 88 - 905268-2-4
Filingeri D, Matharoo J, Jemni M. (2011) Do football players need altitude training? A review. In: Jemni M, Bianco A, Palma A, Eds; Proceedings of the 1st International Conference in Science and Football. International Week of Football. 15-17 April 2011, Palermo, Italy. CONI publications ISBN 978 - 88 - 905268-2-4.
Vahedi A, Jemni M. (2011) Developing a cardio respiratory endurance fitness test for football players. In: Jemni M, Bianco A, Palma A, Eds; Proceedings of the 1st International Conference in Science and Football. International Week of Football. 15-17 April 2011, Palermo, Italy. CONI publications ISBN 978 - 88 - 905268-2-4
Filingeri D, Jemni M, Matharoo J, Jimenez A. (2011) Physiological responses during maximal incremental cycling test on the power BIKE™ – a Case Study. FIBO, 17 April, 2011, Essen, Germany.
Filingeri D, Jemni M, Matharoo J, Jimenez A. (2011) The effects of power BIKE™ on oxygen uptake and heart rate. FIBO, 17 April, 2011, Essen, Germany.
Bianco A, Mammina C, Paoli A, Bellafiore M, Battaglia G, Jemni M, Palma A. (2010) Awareness of Childhood Obesity as a health hazard amongst a sample of parents living in inner city area of Palermo, Italy. Obesity 2010, Proceeding of the 28th annual scientific meeting, San Diego, California, 8-12 October 2010.
Bianco A, Jemni M, Paoli A, Battaglia G, Caramazza G, Bellafiore M, Mammina C, Palma A. (2010) Use of dietary supplements and dietary behaviour among people attending commercial gyms in Palermo, Italy. The J. Sport Medicine Physical Fitness: Vol. 50- suppl. 1 to issue No. 3. 2010
Jemni M, Bianco A, Fazlani T. (2010) Recovery modalities: Effects on hormones’ balance and performance. 5th International Scientific Congress "Sport, Stress, Adaptation". National Sport Academy Vasil Levski, Sofia, Bulgaria. 23-25 April 2010
Jemni M. (2010) Coaching high level gymnasts – any health issues? Scientific Symposium - Asian Rhythmic Gymnastics Games, 14-20 February 2010, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Jemni M. (2009) Physiological aspects and health issues in High level gymnasts. International Congress in Gymnastics. 23-25 October 2009, Lisbon, Portugal.
Jemni M. (2009) Physiological profiling of high level male gymnasts. International Congress in Gymnastics. 23-25 October 2009, Lisbon, Portugal.
Mkaouer B, Jemni M, Amara S, Tabka Z. (2008) Kinematics study of jump in backward rotation. In proceeding of the 1st scientific symposium of the Asian Gymnastics Union. Jemni M editions. November 14th 2008, ASPIRE Academy, Doha, Qatar.
Mkaouer B, Jemni M, Zouita C, Dziri Z, Amara S, Tabka Z. Effect of Artistic Gymnastics on postural balance in young gymnasts. (2008) In proceeding of the 1st scientific symposium of the Asian Gymnastics Union. Jemni M editions. November 14th 2008, ASPIRE Academy, Doha, Qatar.
Jemni M, Keiller D, Sands W. (2008) Are there any health risks associated to high training loads in highly trained gymnasts? 13th annual Congress of the ECSS. 10-13 July, Estoril, Portugal
Other papers / manuscripts
Jemni M (2011) Obesity levels are increasing in children younger than two. The Mercury, 19 January 2011- p3
Jemni M (2011) PowerBike validation – effects of vibration cycling on physiological components. Press conference, Paris 4th July 2011.