Kristaps Petrovs, MSc, BSc, CSCS
Kristaps was born and raised in Ventspils, Latvia. He played basketball for the Latvian Academy of Sports Education in Riga, Latvia in for 3 years, as well as semi-pro basketball for 4. In addition to playing, he coached basketball and taught physical education for 10 years. In 2009, he moved to Calgary and started working as a Personal Trainer and Strength & Conditioning Coach in 2010.
In 2015 Kristaps went back to Europe to pursue a Master’s degree in sports science with emphasis on strength and conditioning. He got accepted to Cardiff Metropolitan University in Wales and began his master’s program in sports science. In his dissertation research project Kristaps examined the differences of gender training load, wellness and the effects on injury and illness in collegiate basketball players. His goal is to get his first publication in International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching by 2018 to reach a wide audience of sports scientists, as well as coaches.
Since 2001, Kristaps has accumulated extensive coaching experience working with a variety of athletes including the U16 Latvian National Basketball team; YMCA Canada; Volleyball Canada; Olympic Wrestling Canada; Canuck Volleyball; Professional basketball club Valmiera / ORDO in Latvia; Senior Men’s Wales National Basketball Team in Cardiff, Wales and the Ospreys Rugby in Swansea, Wales as S&C Intern/Sports Scientist. Most recently in 2016/17, he worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach with U of C Women’s Dinos Basketball Team and with the U18 Latvian National Basketball Team as lead Strength & Conditioning Coach during the European Basketball Championships throughout the summer of 2017.
To Kristaps, success is not just measured by achieving a goal, but by being successful every day, with everything, no matter what you may be doing. For him, it’s about finding something you love and enjoying it.
When he isn’t working, Kristaps enjoys traveling and activities like beach volleyball, surfing, wakeboarding, biking, hiking as well as cross country and downhill skiing in winter.