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Thibault Besson


Post-doctoral fellow, Jean Monnet University Saint-Etienne (France)

11/2021 – 08/2022 : Post-doctoral fellow, LIBM, Jean Monnet University Saint-Etienne (France)

03/2018 – 11/2021 – PhD student “Biomechanical and physiological differences between males and females in endurance running” (Principal Supervisor – Co-Supervisor : Dr Jérémy Rossi)


Dr. Thibault Besson is currently a Post-doctoral fellow in the Inter-university Laboratory of Human Movement Biology (LIBM, EA 7424) at Jean Monnet University in Saint-Etienne, where he is pursuing research on sex differences in endurance running. He has also been a member of the ActiFS Chair on Physical activity, Fatigue and Health since 2018.

Thibault Besson did his PhD from 2018 to 2021 on “Biomechanical and physiological differences between males and females in endurance running” under the supervision of Prof Guillaume Millet, Dr Jeremy Rossi and Dr Cédric Morio. Prior to his PhD, he obtained a Bachelor degree in Sports Sciences (sports training) in 2015 and his Master’s degree in Sport Performance Evaluation and Engineering in 2017. Thibault spent 7 months of his Master’s training at the University of Calgary where he joined the Human Performance Laboratory and became a member of Guillaume Millet’s research group (Neuromuscular Fatigue laboratory). Under the supervision of Prof Millet, Dr Lapole and Dr Souron, he conducted a project on the effect of local vibration on neuromuscular function. During his 2nd year of his Master’s degree, he worked at the LIBM in Saint Etienne on the effect of shoe-drop on running biomechanics in women, in partnership with Decathlon®.

Dr. Besson has published 15 scientific articles, four of them as a first author. He has co-supervised 4 Master students and taught at the university more than 200 h for both Master and Undergrad students. He has participated in 7 national and international congresses, and is also involved in popularizing science via the publication of an article in a web magazine and the recording of two podcasts.

During his early career, Thibault Besson conducted research in two main areas: neuromuscular physiology and biomechanics. He investigated the effects of a training period or acute fatiguing exercise (e.g. ultra-endurance running race) on neuromuscular function. In biomechanics, he has mainly focused on running, particularly how men and women adapt their running pattern to a given shoe or following a fatiguing task.

Thibault likes practicing outdoor sports (running, biking, skiing and climbing) and has been practicing swimming for 15 years, including competition at the regional level.