Francisco Tavares

Performance Coordinator at Sporting Lisbon Football Club

“I have deeply explored scientific literature in recovery from training while I was doing my PhD. The topic of the study was the recovery of elite rugby athletes. It is well established the importance that sleep plays not only for athletes recovery but also to promote adaptations from training. There is a growing body of research exploring the effects of CBD on sleep, demonstrating controversial yet promising results. Personally, I have been using Pure sport CBD with great success. Pure sport CBD not only increased my sleep time but also improved my sleep quality.” – Francisco Tavares


Dr Francisco Tavares is currently working with Sporting Lisbon Football club as the performance coordinator for their professional athletes.

After spending several years studying for his PhD in the recovery of athletes, Dr Francisco Tavares is at the forefront of alternative and best practices for professional athletes in the area of recovery.

Career Highlights

After working as technical director at Holmes Place from 2009 to 2011, Tavares moved to be a strength and conditioning coach in rugby union. He was given the job of Asst. Strength and Conditioning coach at the Portuguese Rugby Federation. He remained there until 2013. Moving back to Portugal, he became the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Cascais Rugby Linha.

In 2015 he moved to New Zealand to be the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Chiefs. In 2016 he became Head of Strength and Conditioning for Portuguese Rugby Federation. He started as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for Glasgow Warriors in June 2017.

He now holds a position of Performance Coach at Sporting Club Lisbon and has recently completed his PhD.

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