Remco Polman’s initial training was in the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences at the ‘Vrije Universiteit’, Amsterdam, The Netherlands where he gained a ‘Doctorandus’ qualification (1992). Following this, he completed a PhD degree at the University of York, England.
Prior to commencing his current post as Professor and Research Leader in Active Living at Victoria University (Melbourne, Australia), Remco was Professor of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Director of the Centre of Applied Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston UK. He is a chartered psychologist by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and an accredited sport and exercise psychologist by the Health Professions Council in the UK. He is also accredited for psychological research by BASES and for practice, research and teaching by the Dutch Association of Sport Psychology (VSPN). Remco has fulfilled a number of roles with the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP) of the BPS, including chair, chair elect and honorary secretary. His research interests are diverse and include stress, coping and emotions in sport and exercise, the psychology of (sport) injury rehabilitation; personality and sport and exercise (Mental toughness, Type D personality), exercise psychology (special populations, exercise prescription) and ageing (interaction between psychological and biomechanical factors).