Santiago Veiga

Degree in Sport Sciences and PhD on Sports Performance.

Santiago Veiga was born in Lugo (Spain) in 1982 and is presently living in Madrid (Spain). Having been a competitive swimmer at the national level until 2002, he was the head coach of Youth Spanish Swimming Team (2017-2021) and coach of the Olympic Semifinalist (2016) and World Junior Champion (2015 and 2017) Hugo González de Oliveira, besides other international medalists. In 2015, he was awarded the 2015 Best Swimming Coach by the Spanish National Swimming Coaches Association.

Academic training

His academic background includes a degree in Sport Sciences (2005) from the University La
Coruña (Spain) (where he was awarded for the Outstanding Graduate of the Year 2005) and a PhD (Hons.) on Sports Performance (2010) for the University Castilla-La Mancha (Spain), besides the level 3 certified Swimming Coach for the Spanish Swimming Federation (from 2005). During the undergraduate studies, he enjoyed three 9-month scholarships in national and international universities (Chieti (Italy) in 2003, Barcelona in 2004 and Madrid in 2005) as well as a 3-month period working as swimming teacher in USA (summer 2005).

Professional background

During his technical leading task at the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation, Madrid Swimming Federation (from 2007-2008 to 2017) and also directly coaching the top group (youth to senior) at the Madrid Training Centre (2011-2012 to 2017), he was part of the Spanish coaching staff in more than 50 training camps and in the last 9 European Junior Championships, the 2015 European Short Course Championships (Netanya), the 2015-2017-2019 World Junior Championships (Singapur), the 2015 Baku European Games and the 2014 Youth Olympic Games (Nanging) among several other open international competitions.

Sport Scientist background

At the same time of his professional background on the swimming coaching, he
developed an academic career as a part-time Associate Professor at the Technical University of Madrid from 2011 to present, in the areas of sports biomechanics and skill acquisition. This allowed him to participate in different research projects like the official competition analysis of the 2012 London Paralympic Games and the 2013 Barcelona World Swimming Championships and also to commence a new research line, with several international publications both on scientific journals (see the list below) and informative publications (see the following links):

Some of the main publications on the swimming topic are:

  • Xiao Qiu, Santiago Veiga, Alberto Lorenzo, Armin Kibele & Enrique Navarro (2021) Differences in the key parameters of the individual versus relay swimming starts, Sports Biomechanics, DOI: 10.1080/14763141.2021.1878262
  • Stosic J, Veiga S, Trinidad A, Navarro E. How Should the Transition from Underwater to Surface Swimming Be Performed by Competitive Swimmers? Applied Sciences. 2021; 11(1):122.
  • Veiga S, del Cerro JS, Rodriguez L, Trinidad A and González-Ravé JM (2021) How Mixed Relay Teams in Swimming Should Be Organized for International Championship Success. Front. Psychol. 12:573285. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.573285
  • María Peralvo-Simón, Santiago Veiga & José A. Navia (2021) A temporal analysis of the swimmers’ coordination in the relay start, Sports Biomechanics, DOI: 10.1080/14763141.2021.1921249
  • Xiao Qiu, Santiago Veiga, Alberto Lorenzo Calvo, Armin Kibele & Enrique Navarro (2021) A Kinematics Comparison of Different Swimming Relay Start Techniques, Journal of Sports Sciences, 39:10, 1105-1113, DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2020.1860296
  • Qiu X, De la Fuente B, Lorenzo A, Veiga S. Comparison of Starts and Turns between Individual and Relay Swimming Races. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(9):4740.
  • Rodríguez L, Veiga S, García I, González-Ravé JM. Stroking Rates of Open Water Swimmers during the 2019 FINA World Swimming Championships. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(13):6850.
  • Veiga S, Rodriguez L, González-Frutos P and Navandar A (2019) Race Strategies of Open Water Swimmers in the 5-km, 10-m, and 25-km Races of the 2017 FINA World Swimming Championships. Front. Psychol. 10:654. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00654.
  • Rodriguez, L., and Veiga, S. (2017). Effect of the Pacing Strategies on the Open Water 10 km World Swimming Championships Performances. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 13, 1–19. 10.1123/ijspp.2017-0274.
  • Javier Pérez-Tejero, Santiago Veiga, Alberto Almena, Archit Navandar & Enrique Navarro (2017) Effect of functional classification on the swimming race segments during the 2012 London Paralympic Games, International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 17:4, 406-417, DOI: 10.1080/24748668.2017.1348059
  • Veiga, S., Roig, A. (2017) Effect of the starting and turning performances on the subsequent swimming parameters of elite swimmers, Sports Biomechanics, 16, 34-44.
  • Veiga, S., Roig, A., Gómez-Ruano, M.A. (2016). Do faster swimmers spend longer underwater than slower swimmers at World Championships? European Journal of Sport Science. pp. 1 – 8.
  • Veiga, S., Roig, A. (2016). Effect of the starting and turning performances on the subsequent swimming parameters of elite swimmers. Sports Biomechanics. pp. 1 – 11.
  • Veiga, S., Roig, A. (2015). Underwater and surface strategies of 200 m world level swimmers. Journal of Sports Sciences. pp. 766 – 771.
    Veiga, S., Cala, A., González-Frutos, P., Navarro, E. (2014). Comparison of starts and turns of national and regional level swimmers by individualized-distance measurements. Sports Biomechanics. 13 – 3, pp. 285 – 295.
  • Veiga, S., Mallo, J., Navandar, A., Navarro, E. (2014). Effects of different swimming race constraints on turning movements. Human Movement Science. 36, pp. 217 – 226.
  • Veiga, S., Cala, A., Mallo, J., Navarro, E. (2013). A new procedure for race analysis in swimming based on individual distance measurements. Journal of Sports Sciences. 31 – 2, pp. 159 – 165.
  • Veiga, S., Cala, A., Mallo, J., Navarro, E. (2013). Kinematical Comparison of the 200 m Backstroke Turns between National and Regional Level Swimmers. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. 12, pp. 730 – 737.
  • Veiga, S., Cala, A., González Frutos, P., Navarro, E. (2010) The Validity and Reliability of a Procedure for Competition Analysis in Swimming Based on Individual Distance Measurements. Proceedings of the XIth International Symposium on Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming, Oslo 16th-19th June 2010, pp. 182-185. ISBN 978-82-502-0439-3.
  • Veiga, S. (2016). Técnica de los Estilos. Fase Común I. 5-113, Escuela de Entrenadores de Natación, 2016. (Official book of the Swimming Coaches Diploma at the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation)