SUSL Staff Directory

Mr. Sanjaya Othalawa



Bachelor of Physical Education and Sport (EIEFD, Cuba)

MSc in High Performance Sport: Strength and Conditioning (UCAM, Spain)

PhD in Sport Science - Reading (UCAM, Spain)

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

Member of Kodokan Judo Institute

Sport Advisor - Shotokan karate academy international 

Training Consultant - Entrarenforma, Murcia, Spain

Research Interests

Neuroscience and control of human movement

Physiological training adaptations

Optimization, control and assessment of training

Performance analysis and process of coaching (theory and methodology) in sport

Current Research Projects

Long term adaptations and mechanisms of different type protocols of "concurrent" training in young athlete


Research Grants/Research Awards

Cuban undergraduate scholarship on physical culture and sport award in 2006

Participation in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programmes/Extension Courses/Short Courses/Visiting Lectures

Short Courses

Cardiopulmonary resucitation (CPR) and use of semi-automatic defibrillator (AED). According R. D. 349/2007, 2016, Spain

Acute and chronic in vivo adaptations of human tendon to exercise and envirmoent, 2016, Spain 

Visiting Lectures

Visiting lecturer (2014/ 2015) University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

Visiting lecturer (2013/ 2014/ 2015) National Institute of Sport Science, Sri Lanka


Research Publication in Indexed Journals

Ramos-Campo, D.J., Martínez-Guardado, I., Rubio-Arias, J.A., Freitas, T.T., Othalawa, S., Andreu, L., Timón. R. and Alcaraz, P.E. (2019). Muscle Architecture and Neuromuscular Changes After High-Resistance Circuit Training in Hypoxia, J Strength Cond Res, DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000003275

Published in abstract/Extended abstract at the National/International Conferences/Symposium

Othalawa, S., Rubio Arias J.A. and Alcaraz P.E. (2020). Haematological and body composition adaptation after three distinct protocols “concurrent” training in recreationally trained men. VI doctoral research conference. UCAM, Spain.

Othalawa, S., Freitas T.T., Carlos-Vivas, J., Rubio Arias J.A. and Alcaraz P.E. (2019). Long term adaptation of different protocols: high intensity resistance circuit-based training (HRC) and sprint interval training (SIT) and traditional concurrent training (TCT). V doctoral research conference – ciencia sin frontera. UCAM, Spain.

Othalawa, S., Freitas, T.T., Carlos-Vivas, J., Rubio Arias J.A., Maffiuletti Nicola, A., Blazevivich Anthony, J., and Alcaraz P.E. (2018). Long-term neural adaptations of two different training protocols: high intensity resistance circuit-based training (HRC) and sprint interval training (SIT), 1stSCS Annual conference – New Horizon on Strength and Conditioning Science, Rome, Italy.

Rubio Arias J.A., Ramos Campo D.J., Marin-Cascales E., Freitas T.T., Andreu L., Othalawa S. and Alcaraz P.E. (2018). Effect of high-intensity resistance circuit-based training in hypoxia on repeat sprint ability, 6thNSCA International Conference, Universidad Europea de Madrid, Spain.

Othalawa, S., Rubio Arias J.A. and Alcaraz P.E. (2018). Relationship between physiological parameters and special Judo fitness test. IV doctoral research conference – women in Science. UCAM, Spain.

Othalawa, S., Rubio Arias J.A. and Alcaraz P.E. (2017). Long term adaptation and mechanism of different type protocols of “concurrent” training (strength and resistance) in athletes. III doctoral research conference. UCAM, Spain.

Weerakoon, D.G.A.W.S.C., Hapuarachchi, H.A.C.S., Othalawa, S., Senanayake, W.D.W. 2014. Motives and Participation in Exercise of People in Colombo City: A Survey on Participants in Fitness Centers. Proceedings of the Peradeniya University International Research Sessions, Sri Lanka, Vol. 18, 4th & 5th July, 2014. pp 358.

Othalawa, S., González, O. U. and Cepero, N. J. (2012). Psycho-pedagogical intervention actions to enhance the initiative during the tactical performance in judokas of the Jinaraja Maha Vidyalaya from Sri Lanka. UCCFD,Cuba.


Any Other


2nd runner up Elegance Hong Kong International Judo Tournament 2003

5th place of India Cup International Judo Championship - 2001

1st place National Sports Festival (Judo) - 2000/ 2001/ 2002/ 2003/ 2004/ 2005

1st place all island school national (Judo) - 1997/ 1998/ 1999/ 2000/ 2001

1st place School national/ National Sports Festival (Wrestling) - 1995/ 1996/ 1998/ 1999/ 2000/ 2001


Individual Awards / Colours 

Sri Lanka Schools Sports Colures 2001 

Best Judo Player of All Island School 2001