School of Sport SciencesWaseda University

About the School


Learning System/School Introduction

What can you investigate thoroughly and master in the School of Sport Sciences?

Compete. Coach. Support. Watch. The people who are interested in sport, and who are involved in sport in a variety of ways are the ones who create the cultural and social phenomenon of sport. The subjects of research and education in the School of Sport Sciences are found in the relationships among this wide variety of sport.

Through the learning and research on the theme of sport that can be regarded as common sense in the 21st century, we cultivate the scientific approach, communicative competence, specialized knowledge, and skill so that human resources can respond to a new era and be active in society. This is the thought that flows through the education in the School of Sport Sciences.

Learning Style

Comprehensive and interdisciplinary educational research

Many of the names of the subjects and disciplines in the School of Sport Sciences begin with the word “sport,” like Sport Physiology and Sport Psychology. This indicates that educational research is conducted diverse genres of sciences, with the theme of sport. You can learn comprehensively and interdisciplinary a wide range of academic disciplines through the theme of sport–including the natural sciences such as medicine and physiology, methodologies of humanities and social sciences such as sociology, psychology, education, and the like– That is characteristic of our department.

Language education with an eye toward international exchange

Globalization has progressed in the world of sport in anticipation of a borderless society, and a lot of people today enjoy overseas professional sport leagues. International exchange through sport will be increasingly important going forward. We will focus on communication through sport and particularly devoted study to develop foreign language ability in our department. Through small classes with English conversation coaching, practical educational programs in Oregon, U.S., and the like, students can improve their communicative competence in our original curriculum.

Broad Cooperation with Society

Sport Medicine and Science Clinic

We will set up a sport medicine clinic in the School of Sport Sciences to facilitate more practical and effective learning. The Sport Medicine and Science Clinic will comprise five clinics—conditioning, medical, reconditioning, nutrition, and mental—and we will strive to integrate education and research.

Cooperation with society

In order to foster smooth development in educational research, we partner with Tokyo Women’s Medical University, and the Oregon State University system. We also partner with foreign and domestic sport institutions as well as private enterprises related to sport, propose measures for the promotion of sport, and conduct practical educational research.

Department of Sport Sciences

The School of Sport Sciences was founded at Waseda University in 2003, conducting education and research related to sport sciences, with the Department of Sport Sciences primarily working in the natural science fields and the Department of Sport Humanities working in the humanities and social sciences.

Looking at the trends in students taking the exams and students enrolling over the past few years, however, questions emerged as to whether it was necessarily appropriate to have a two-department system. At that point, we did away with the two-department system and started anew as one department (the Department of Sport Sciences).

As a result of this change, all students study sport sciences from a wide variety of perspectives in their first year, and then they use these studies as a base and choose the specialized fields that they would like to pursue from their second year (seven courses: Medicine and Science in Sport, Health Promotion, Athletic Training Conditioning, Sport Coaching, Sport Education, Sport Business, and Sport Culture).

There are a variety of ways to be involved in sport, including to “do,” to “watch,” and to “support.” In the first year, all students engage in a thorough introduction to these types of involvement and over the year they slowly and carefully investigate the course that they should take going forward.

Course of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine

Students engaged in theoretical studies of the natural science fields in sport sciences–including sport medicine, sport physiology, biomechanics, sport psychology, and the like–training and researching the mechanisms of exercise.

b04_01Deepening the fundamental knowledge of Sport Medicine and Science, and exploring the significance of physical exercise.

Understanding the structures and motor functions that humans have—such as muscles, skeletal structure, nerves, and the like—from lectures and practical training on anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and the like. Learning how to measure these, scientific methods to improve muscle strength and exercise capacity, and the correct ways to use the body. And by acquiring knowledge about sport nutrition and sport medicine, students can learn about the necessary nutrition balance needed for sport, how to help those who are injured in the field, and further, about preventing disease and promoting health. Graduates have the fundamental knowledge to carve out a healthy future related to physical exercise.

Field of study (Example)

  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Sport psychology
  • Sport nutrition
  • Sport medicine
  • Training science

Course of Health Promotion

Students learn about the role of sport on the mind and body from a broad range of academic disciplines in the natural sciences. They engage in training and research on specific methods to realize lifelong health promotion and improve quality of life.

b04_02Students learn the techniques for promoting health that are needed to become leaders in health promotion.

In the Health and Sport Course, students learn a wealth of information on how to help people live active and healthy lives, as well as the scientific perspective and leadership ability for health promotion in order to establish rich and active lives. We aim to develop coaches beginning with health and exercise trainers, not only in simple sport coaching in the field, but rather engaging in a business in a variety of industries, with the goal of developing a great many human resources with the perspective of realizing a great society through health promotion.

Field of study (Example)

  • Exercise prescription
  • Health and exercise coach
  • Health and sport psychology
  • Preventive care

Course of Athletic Training Conditioning

Students engage in training and research on specific practical techniques—such as sport injury prevention, rehabilitation, training, conditioning, and the like—based on their fundamental knowledge of sport medicine and science.

b04_03Students learn the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to be athletic trainers as well as strength and conditioning specialists.

In the Athletic Training Conditioning Course, students learn sport anatomy and sport injury assessment as fundamental studies, as well as athlete performance improvement, injury prevention measures, and reconditioning toward recovery after injuries are sustained. Going forward, this flowing series of improvement, prevention, and return can be applied not only to athletes, but rather it is knowledge and technology that can be applied in health care for people of all ages, including the elderly and children during their growth period. Another feature of this course is that the fundamental abilities for members of society—such as communicative competence and coordination—are cultivated through practical training.

Field of study (Example)

  • Sport anatomy
  • Sport injury evaluation
  • Taping
  • Conditioning
  • First aid

Course of Sport Education

The field where sport education is deployed extends far beyond the classroom and into society at large. Students engage in learning a wide range of knowledge and coaching techniques related to sport science with the aim of developing human resources that conduct training and coaching in a variety of situations of lifelong sport.

b04_06Students learn a broad range of knowledge and coaching techniques to conduct training and coaching in a variety of situations of lifelong sport, including junior high school and senior high school teachers.

Sport has diverse educational value, not only in the form of exercise, but extending to social and cognitive development, and to the development of stamina as well. In Courses of Sport Education, students acquire a broad range of knowledge and coaching techniques related to sport so that people can enjoy such diverse value, and we aim to train human resources that can conduct the proper training and coaching in the actual fields of sport. In addition, we aim to foster education, problem solving abilities, and communicative competence that will be useful in society, through practical training along with sport education lectures, with an eye toward social issues centered on health and education.

Field of study (Example)

  • Sport pedagogy
  • Physical education studies
  • Physical education curriculum
  • Sport coaching
  • Fair play
  • Olympic training

Corse of Sport Business

Students engage in practical training on social research and management as well as acquiring a broad range of knowledge related to sport. We aim to cultivate human resources who can succeed in a variety of sport business, including marketing,



We develop human resources who can succeed in a variety of sport business, including marketing, media, events, and the like.

Based on the fundamental studies related to courses such as economics and business administration, students learn about professional sport teams, sport leagues, sport events, sport manufacturers, sport media, sport facilities, comprehensive local sport clubs, and the like. While they take in the latest information about sites in “sport business” that manufacture and provide products and services related to sport, they not only learn about sport business, but rather they also acquire the conceptual skills, technical skills, and human skills required for general organizational management.

Field of study (Example)

  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Sport event
  • Laws and contracts
  • Local sport clubs
  • Sport tourism
  • Sport organization
  • Sport policy

Course of Sport Culture

Regarding sport in the broadest sense, we take an approach from a wide range of academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Students train and research on the significance and culture of sport and physical expression, games, and the like.

b04_04Culture defines human life altogether. We consider the role of sport and physical expression in culture as comprising time and space.

Students in the Culture Course are trained to think freely with conceptions outside the box. They think of sport from a variety of perspectives including history, sociology, anthropology, and the like. Students learn how to collect and comprehend literature, data collection and analysis, discussions, and expertise such as how to write theses. The strength of liberal arts is adaptability. Students learn the approach and techniques to continue learning for life. In the Sport Culture Course, we place special emphasis on “thinking” of sport.

Field of study (Example)

  • Sport anthropology
  • Sport sociology
  • Sport history
  • Martial arts theory
  • Media theory
  • Dance theory

Course of Coaching

Students learn the structure of sport skills and the mechanisms of improvement, coaching theory and methods, technical and tactical analysis methods and the like related to improving performance in top athletes, as well as practical knowledge, and then develop human resources that can be deployed in the field of competitive sport education as a result.

b04_07We develop human resources that can work in the field of sport–having learned the theoretical background to improve sport skills from the three standpoints of athlete, coach, and analyst–and we cultivate the practical ability to collect and analyze information needed toward that end.

In this Course, we aim to develop human resources that can make use of their sport sciences knowledge and techniques in the field, from the three standpoints of athlete, coach, and analyst. “Intuition” and “know-how” are important in training athletes, and we deal in class with the methods to calculate and interpret the scientific data used to capture this “intuition” and “know-how,” analysis of the techniques, tactics, and strategies, and the like. By gaining a better understanding not only on the side of doing sport but also role of the support side and environmental improvement on the basis of this practical training, students can gain insight not only into sport but also into a variety of social phenomena, and they can acquire the ability to deal with problems.

Field of study (Example)

  • Athlete
  • Coach
  • Analyst
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