Els Dom obtained a master’s degree in Physical education/Sports management in 2006 at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, she has also obtained a coaches degree (A) in judo. After a short first period working as a researcher at the VUB she started in 2007 at the Flemish judo federation as sports manager and evolved in 2008 to elite sport manager. During this period she obtained also a BOA (Belgian Olympic Academy) certification. Els worked in 2007 also for a research project in cooperation concerning the competencies of coaches in general, and judo in particular in Flanders. Since February 2013 Els is employed by the Flemish Sports federations as project manager for the Risk martial arts platform which is a knowledge, support and a communication centre for all stakeholders involved in risk martial arts in Flanders. Her office is located at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and she is interested in research about (risk) martial arts.