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Dr. Luis Fernando Aragón-Vargas
Professor of Human Movement Science
University of Costa Rica

Luis Fernando Aragón-Vargas, PhD, currently serves as a professor of human movement science at the University of Costa Rica.

After completing his undergraduate studies in physical education at the University of Costa Rica in 1981, Aragón-Vargas earned an MS in physical education from the University of Michigan in 1983 and a PhD in kinesiology and exercise science in 1994. He first began his work at the University of Costa Rica in 1983, and in addition to years of experience in higher education has served in a variety of research and consulting roles, including as a consulting scientist for the Gatorade Sports Science Institute from 1997 to 2008. Aragón-Vargas served as director of the Human Movement Science Research Center from 2017 to 2021.

In addition to past participation in high school and college volleyball, Aragón-Vargas has completed several triathlons, is an experienced runner, and remains physically active.

Published Pieces


The Christian Athlete: Witnessing versus Privacy

How is the Christian athlete to embrace his or her podium in order to witness to the Gospel?

Dr. Luis Fernando Aragón-Vargas
Apr 26, 2023
An athlete resting

The Christian Athlete: You Are So Weak!

The qualities that make one a good athlete bring with them a unique set of vulnerabilities.

Dr. Luis Fernando Aragón-Vargas
Mar 29, 2023
Two rowers

The Christian Athlete: Me, Myself, and I

The life of an athlete is demanding, and the temptation to become overly focused on oneself is always present.

Dr. Luis Fernando Aragón-Vargas
Feb 15, 2023
An athlete dunking

The Christian Athlete: Ideals

Christian leaders, popes, and early Church Fathers have long recognized that Christians can imitate athletes in the way they train and compete.

Dr. Luis Fernando Aragón-Vargas
Feb 7, 2023

The Christian Athlete: Where is Your Strength?

Elite athletes are characterized by their self-discipline and willpower. Christian athletes know, however, that their true strength comes from the Lord.

Dr. Luis Fernando Aragón-Vargas
Oct 26, 2022

The Christian Athlete: Sports as a Tool

Christian athletes are often taught that their Christianity should help them be better athletes - but perhaps it's better to look at sport as a tool for becoming better Christians.

Dr. Luis Fernando Aragón-Vargas
Sep 7, 2022
Physical training

The Christian Athlete: Sports and Health

The Christian tradition offers insights into the importance of physical training and the need for an active balance in the lives of athletes.

Dr. Luis Fernando Aragón-Vargas
Aug 11, 2022
World Cup trophy on a field

The Christian Athlete: Me, an Idolater?

Nobody needs another idol: young people need leaders, role models, examples of human virtue. They need the true God.

Dr. Luis Fernando Aragón-Vargas
Jun 16, 2022
A sprinter on the blocks

The Christian Athlete: Sports Talent

Christians are called to use their talents for good, and this applies no less to Christian athletes. What does it mean for Christian athletes to use their talents well?

Dr. Luis Fernando Aragón-Vargas
May 26, 2022