Armando Cocca

Name: Post-Doc Armando Cocca, PhD


Phone number: (+43) 512 50745856

Office location: 115 (**add hyper link to contact page)

Tutorial hours: Tuesday 10-12; Thursday 10-12; Friday 10.30-12.

Address: Fürstenweg 185, 6020 Innsbruck

Faculty: Sports Science


Research group: Sport and Exercise Psychology

About the person - Research interests - Teaching - Publications    

About the person:

Armando Cocca, born in Italy in 1979, obtained his bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Florence (Italy), with focus on Movement Sciences. As a postgraduate student, he completed his Master degree in New Research Perspectives in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences at the University of Granada (Spain); he then obtained his PhD degree as a collaborative work between the Universities of Granada and Jyvaskyla (Finland), focusing on exercise and health in youth. His final PhD dissertation was awarded international recognition. Dr. Cocca completed postdoctoral training at Palacky University in Olomouc (Czech Republic), where he worked in an international project on physical activity, physical education, and health, supported by the European Social Fund. Dr. Cocca’s professional experience includes professorships at the University of Granada, Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon (Mexico) – where he also covered the positions of Head of the Academy of Physical Education and Director of International Affairs – and Texas A&M University in San Antonio (USA).   His research on physical, psychological, and social factors of health and exercise was supported by several governmental and non-governmental agencies, which allowed his teams to cooperate with schools in underserved communities with the aim to increase youth’s health-related behaviors and opportunities to be active.

Research interests:

Exercise and Health in youth

Dr. Cocca’s research focuses on understanding the intertwined association between social, psychological, and physical factors, and how they interact with active behaviors in youth. Additionally, he carries out school-based programs aiming at increasing youth’s health both within PE and through comprehensive in-school physical activity, which also incorporates analysis and intervention on PE teaching-learning quality and teachers’ competency. Among the most studied variables, Dr. Cocca’s research centers on physical fitness, PA levels/intensity, lipid profile, psychological wellbeing, or environmental barriers to being active.


Teaching at the Institute for Sports Science in Innsbruck (ongoing):

  • UE Bewegungsspiele
  • UE Ruckschlagspiele
  • VO Aktuelle Forschung in der Sportpsychologie, Sportsoziologie und Sportpadagogik
  • VU Aktuelle Forschung in der Trainingstherapie

Full publications:

Dr. Cocca’s publication list (web of science)

 Highlighted publications:

Cocca, A., Carbajal Baca, J., Hernandez Cruz, G., and Cocca, M. (2020). Does a multiple-sport intervention based on the TGfU pedagogical model for physical education increase physical fitness in primary school children? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17, 5532. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17155532.


Cocca, A., Espino Verdugo, F., Rodenas Cuenca, L., and Cocca, M. (2020). Effect of a game-based physical education program on physical fitness and mental health in elementary school children. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17, 4883. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17134883.


Cocca, M., and Cocca, A. (2020). Testing a four-factor model for the Teachers’ Sense of Efficacy Scale: an updated perspective on teachers’ perceived classroom efficacy. Psicologia Deportiva, in press


Frömel, K., Groffik, D., Chmelík, F., Cocca, A., and Skalik, K. (2018). Physical activity of 15-17 year-old adolescents in different educational settings: a Polish-Czech study. Central European Journal of Public Health, 26(2), 137-143. doi: 10.21101/cejph.a4521.


Cocca, M., Pérez García, J.A., Zamarripa Rivera, J., Demetriou, Y., and Cocca, A. (2017). Psychometric parameters of the Attitude/Motivation Test Battery in a Mexican environment. Journal of Sport Psychology, 26(S2), 149-155.


García Sandoval, R., Caracuel, J., Cocca, A., Cocca, M., and Ceballos Gurrola, O. (2017). Relation between body mass index and body image in Spanish and Mexican adolescents. Behavioral Medicine, doi: 10.1080/08964289.2017.1332303.


Peinado Pérez, J., Cocca, A., Solano Pinto, N., and Blanco Vega, H. (2017). Factorial invariance of the Self-Efficacy Scale on diet and physical health care in university students. Journal of Sport Psychology, 26(S2), 189-197.


Cocca, A., Liukkonen, J., Mayorga-Vega, D., and Viciana Ramírez, J. (2014). Health-related physical activity levels in Spanish youth and young adults. Perceptual & Motor Skills, 118, 247-260. doi: 10.2466/10.06.PMS.118k16w1.


Viciana Ramírez, J., Mayorga-Vega, D., and Cocca, A. (2013). Effects of a maintenance resistance-training program on muscular strength in schoolchildren. Kinesiology, 45, 82-91.


Mayorga-Vega, D., Viciana Ramírez, J., and Cocca, A. (2013). Effects of a circuit-training program on muscular and cardiovascular endurance and their maintenance in schoolchildren. Journal of Human Kinetics, 37, 153-160. doi: 10.2478/hukin-2013-0036.


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