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Julián Álvarez García

M.D., Ph.D. – Member, Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board
Julián Álvarez García

Dr. Julián Álvarez García is a member of the Nutrition Advisory Board who specializes in sports medicine and sports physiology in Spain.

Dr. Álvarez García has spent his life advising professional teams, national teams, and individual athletes in a range of disciplines, including weightlifting, triathlons, mountain biking, football, and basketball. He has served as head of medical services for the Spanish Federation of Weightlifters, was the doctor of the Spanish Olympic Expedition in the 1993 Mediterranean Games, and was a member of the medical team testing and preparing the Spanish athletes for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Dr. Álvarez García also served as the head of the medical service of the Sierra Nevada CAR (International High-Performance Altitude Training Center) from 1995 to 2000, working with elite athletes and teams from around the world in several disciplines. He served as team doctor for the Spanish National Mountain Bike Team during the 2000 World Championship, in which they won five medals, three of them gold. He served as team doctor for a professional basketball team in the Spanish Major League (ACB) from 2000 to 2004, and as head of the medical services and national team doctor for the Spanish Triathlon Federation from 2004 to 2008. He served as team physician of Second and Third Spanish League football teams in 2007 and 2008 and acted as the head of the medical services of sports medicine in the High-Performance Training Center in Alicante from 2009 to 2010.

Dr. Álvarez García has lectured in sports medicine and physical education throughout Spain, coordinating study programs and lecturing to master’s programs in sports physiotherapy at the European University in Madrid and on postgraduate courses in sports nutrition. He was an associate professor of Sports Medicine at Miguel Hernandez University in Alicante, Spain, and now is directing and teaching special courses about fitness at Alicante University.

An active researcher and publisher, Dr. Álvarez García has also contributed to and written books on the physiology of exercise, supplements in sport, and the biological aspects of an athlete’s nutrition. He’s a regular contributor to both radio and television broadcasts on health, nutrition, and sport. He’s also a founding member of the Spanish Association of Specialists in Sports and Physical Education Medicine and a member of the Spanish Association of Basketball Doctors.

He earned a degree in human nutrition and dietetics and a medical degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Alicante, and a Ph.D. in medicine and surgery from the University of Madrid. His healthy, active habits include rowing, cycling, participating in triathlons, and traveling.

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