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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.