Johann Wolfgang von Goethe University, Department of Sports Medicine, Frankfurt am Main, Germany:
The activities of the Department of Sports Medicine lie in three domains: education (undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level, continued professional education), clinical and applied research, as well as health and performance related services.
Founded in 1914 as a public research university, the institution belongs to the large German universities: 38 000 students (4000 international students among them) are taught by an academic staff of more than 600.
The Department of Sports Medicine does government- and third-party funded scientific research. It has been involved as a project leader or as an associated partner in national and international projects covering various aspects of health enhancing physical activity and structured exercise. The Department of Sports Medicine is one of the leading research groups on physical activity and cancer in Germany, and is member of the national MiSpEx (physical activity and exercise in the prevention and therapy of back pain) consortium funded by the German Federal Institute for Sports Sciences. The currently launched, multi-partner research project SMART examines the cognitive effects of structured exercise in the elderly. Further research includes assessments of the impact and dose-effect-correlation of exercise interventions specific to different target groups and examinations of the influence of physical activity on personal risk profile.
The Sports Medicine Academy of Continued Professional Education offers high quality praxis oriented courses for students, physicians, physiotherapists and other health and exercise related professionals in the fields of prevention, therapy and rehabilitation.
Strategic partners of the Department include bodies of the organised sports in Germany, such as the German Olympic Sports Confederation and the Sports Federation of the Federal State of Hessia. The Department of Sports Medicine was involved in the development of the nation-wide German „Sport for Health“ quality seal. As of now more than 18.000 exercise courses of primary prevention have been certified.
The Department of Sports Medicine has extensive experience in developing curricula for trainers, exercise and health professionals. Prof. Banzer was member of the EU Expert Group on Physical Activity Guidelines. The Department of Sports Medicine is a leading member of the national consortium developing the National Physical Activity Guidelines and Action Plan, funded by German Federal Ministry of Health.
Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania:
The Kaunas University of Technology is the largest technical university in Lithuania. The University is known for its linkages with business, leadership in scientific research and flexible interdisciplinary study programmes.
The interdisciplinary approach, internationally acknowledged research, focus on talent development of students and scholars, integration of principles of sustainability in all parts of university life are among the top priorities of Kaunas University of Technology.
The Sport Center of Kaunas University of Technology is the structural part of the university aiming to serve the goals of students sport. The Sport Center has been founded in 1950 under the scope of the Lithuanian Sport Law and since then it is continuously responsible for students’ physical education and sport, well-being and wellness, organises and promotes sports events and competitions. It has 32 employees who are constantly building the international relations of the university
Lately the staff has been involved in scientific research in the field of sport.
The Sport Center in KTU has aims to pursue the following goals:
- Providing the university community with a sporting experience that is adaptable and responsive to new ideas across the entire sports development continuum.
- To raise the profile and the reputation of the university and enhance its contribution to the local, regional and national sporting community. Supporting the expansion of sport activities to provide opportunity for the students and other members of the university to participate in sport competitions.
- Managing a Sports Development Programme to actively encourage participation under the policy of “Sport for All”. Opening up the opportunity to take part in any sport at any level. Encouraging individuals to be physically active, with the objective of supporting a healthy life style, and providing opportunities for individuals “to be the best they can be”.
University of Ljubljana is the largest and the oldest public university in Slovenia, with 23 faculties and 3 academies, 53,000 students and 6,000 teachers and researchers. It is also the central and largest research institution with as much as 30 % of all registered researchers in Slovenia. The University of Ljubljana implements and promotes basic, applied and developmental research and is pursuing excellence and the highest quality as well as the highest ethical criteria in all scientific fields and art.
Faculty of Sport is the only institution in Slovenia which has been educating specialist physical education teachers since its establishment in 1960. It currently educates over 800 students of three separate study bachelor and M.A. programmes: physical education, kinesiology and sport training. The faculty has a well-developed access to all Slovenian primary and secondary schools and has always been actively involved in the formation of national policies in the area of enhancing physical education curriculum. Throughout its existence the faculty has been providing life-long learning courses to its graduates in order to keep professional work of PE teachers in Slovenian school up to date with the latest developments in the fields of PE didactics, pedagogy and other related fields.
The Faculty of Sport has a very rich and highly developed programme of health-oriented physical activities and strongly encourages cross-curricular activities. It operates the Laboratory for Physical and Motor Development of Children and Youth, which manages the largest database of physical and motor development of children in Slovenia, called SLOFit. The database currently contains more than 6 million sets of three anthropometric measurements and eight motor tasks from 1982 onwards for almost all children and adolescents in Slovenia and serves as an excellent tool for evaluation of intervention programmes and policies. The laboratory employs experienced researchers who have been developing research tools and successfully carried out researches on physical activity and physical development of children as well as on children’s lifestyles. The researchers also have a lot of experience in pedagogical experiments through which they developed and tested the effects of various cross-curricular teaching models in physical education.
The Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs is divided into several Directorates. The Directorate of Physical Education was founded in 1975 and is a vital component of the strategic planning of Sport Education in Greece, managing and promoting school sports.
The Directorate of Physical Education has set the below action principles:
– Planning, promoting and managing school sport championships
– Planning, promoting and managing school sport games
– Spreading of sport disciplines
– Cooperation with national and international sport organisations
The Directorate of Physical Education is a member of the International School Sport Federation (ISF). Currently five executives from Greece have a management position or technical position in ISF, including Mr. Daskalakis who is the Vice-President of the organisation.
Furthermore, the Directorate of Physical Education has adapted strategies for international presence. Every year school teams and national teams take part in ISF Championships. In March 2014, “1st ISF World School Sport Educational Games” took place in the city of Athens. The city will continue to host the annual event in the upcoming years.