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Carolina Franco Wilke

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Carolina Franco Wilke

About Research



Carolina joined St. Mary`s as a Post-Doctorate Researcher in August 2022, developing a project in partnership with FIFA aiming to translate scientific evidence into actionable global policy in women’s football.

Carolina holds a dual degree PhD in Sport and Exercise Science, specifically looking at post-training recovery profiles in futsal (UFMG - Brazil and University of Technology Sydney - Australia, 2019); a masters’ degree on Sport Sciences looking at training load monitoring (UFMG, 2016); and a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education.

Carolina developed academic career while working in high-performance sports' organization. More recently (2018-2022) worked as head of performance at Flamengo (Brazil), coordinating strength and conditioning, nutrition, psychology, and sport science services for Olympic sports’ athletes from academy to professional level.

Carolina has previous experience as a field sport scientist for different sports in national and international level.


Research profile

Key research Interests

  • women’s and men’s football (performance and health)
  • knowledge translation
  • athletes’ recovery
  • athletes’ monitoring

Journal articles

Wilke CF, Wanner SP, Penna EM, Maia-Lima A, Santos WHM, Müller-Ribeiro FC, Mendes TT, Bruzzi RS, Ramos GP, Nakamura FY, Duffield R. Preseason Training Improves Perception of Fatigue and Recovery From a Futsal Training Session. Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 2021 Apr 1;16(4):557-564. doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2020-0071. Epub 2021 Jan 13. PMID: 33440337.

Wilke CF, Wanner SP, Santos WHM, Penna EM, Ramos GP, Nakamura FY, Duffield R. Influence of Faster and Slower Recovery-Profile Classifications, Self-Reported Sleep, Acute Training Load, and Phase of the Microcycle on Perceived Recovery in Futsal Players. Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 2020 May 1;15(5):648-653. doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2019-0201. PMID: 31896076.

Wilke CF, Fernandes FAP, Martins FVC, Lacerda AM, Nakamura FY, Wanner SP, Duffield R. Faster and Slower Posttraining Recovery in Futsal: Multifactorial Classification of Recovery Profiles. Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 2019 Sep 1;14(8):1089-1095. doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2018-0626. PMID: 30702357.

Ramos GP, Nakamura FY, Penna EM, Wilke CF, Pereira LA, Loturco I, Capelli L, Mahseredjian F, Silami-Garcia E, Coimbra CC. Activity Profiles in U17, U20, and Senior Women's Brazilian National Soccer Teams During International Competitions: Are There Meaningful Differences? J Strength Cond Res. 2019 Dec;33(12):3414-3422. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002170. PMID: 28767483.

Ramos GP, Nakamura FY, Pereira LA, Junior WB, Mahseredjian F, Wilke CF, Garcia ES, Coimbra CC. Movement Patterns of a U-20 National Women's Soccer Team during Competitive Matches: Influence of Playing Position and Performance in the First Half. Int J Sports Med. 2017 Sep;38(10):747-754. doi: 10.1055/s-0043-110767. Epub 2017 Aug 7. PMID: 28783847.

Wilke CF, Ramos GP, Pacheco DA, Santos WH, Diniz MS, Gonçalves GG, Marins JC, Wanner SP, Silami-Garcia E. Metabolic Demand and Internal Training Load in Technical-Tactical Training Sessions of Professional Futsal Players. J Strength Cond Res. 2016 Aug;30(8):2330-40. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001321. PMID: 26808850.

Wanner SP, Wilke CF, Duffield R. Nutritional strategies for maximizing recovery from strenuous exercise in the heat: An important role for carbohydrate (sago) supplementation. Temperature (Austin). 2016 Jul 22;3(3):366-368. doi: 10.1080/23328940.2016.1214335. PMID: 28352144; PMCID: PMC5079213. 

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