Academics

Faculty of Health Sciences
Department of Health and Sports

Objectives

Our department aims at nurturing practicing professionals with high level knowledge and skills that can promote Quality of Life (QOL) through sports and exercises. It is significant that people of all ages enjoy sports and exercises, as those activities play an important role in enhancing their physical fitness and healthy lives. This may further lead to a development of friendship among sportsmen. Sports and exercises are indispensable for people to live rich and vibrant lives. QOL supporters play an important role in helping people enjoy exercises and sports in their daily lives. In our department, students not only explore their potential in competitive sport fields, but also improve their expertise as QOL supporters. We aim to promote the talents that contribute to the improvement of QOL.

Characteristics of the curriculum

Coaching Sciences

The purpose of this course is to investigative sports and exercise from the viewpoints of physiology, psychology, biomechanics and nutrition. Students can gain basic knowledge of these subjects and coaching theory for providing better instruction in sports.

Health Medicine and Sciences

The purpose of this course is to investigative sport and exercise from the viewpoints of anatomy, physiology, psychology and medicine for health. Students can learn the basics of knowledge of health fitness programmers and athletic trainers, as well as having practical training in providing instruction in sport and exercise.

Sports Management

The purpose of this course is to conduct research on sports from the viewpoints of sports management, industry and culture so that we can nurture professionals in sports management in the next generation.

Sports Pedagogy

The purpose of this course is to learn pedagogy and adapted sports so that students can obtain licenses as physical education teachers and elementary teachers. We nurture instructors and teachers who have both pedagogical expertise and skills in sport materials.

Qualifications and careers

Qualifications we aim for:
  • License of Teacher of Physical Education, Class I
  • Qualification for Athletic Trainer authorized by the Japan Sports Association (JASA)
  • Qualification for Health Fitness Programmer and Instructor authorized by the Japan Health Promotion and Fitness Foundation
  • Qualification for Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) authorized by National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • JFA C-license authorized by the Japan Football Association (JFA)

Upon successful completion of our programs, students will obtain licenses of physical education teachers and be eligible for various licensure examinations, such as athletic trainers authorized by the JASA, health fitness programmers and instructors authorized by the Japan Health Promotion and Fitness Foundation, CSCS and CPT authorized by the NSCA, JFA C-license authorized by JFA, etc.

Our graduates have started their careers in various companies, schools, sports and health industries, manufactures, service businesses, and governmental offices. However, as the number of elderly people is increasing in Japan, experts for health and exercise are required in much wider areas, including private and public health service facilities.

Facilities

Training Room 1 and 2

The Room 1 and 2 are equipped with various training machines, such as treadmills controlled by computer, bicycle ergometers and strength-training machines, strength training for free weights.

Heated indoor pool (25m x 6 lanes)

This pool is authorized by the Japan Swimming Federation. We have introduced water clarification and a sterile filtration system by electrolysis. This pool is equipped with two underwater windows so that we can observe underwater movements of swimmers.

Athletic stadium (400m x 8 lanes)

This athletic stadium is authorized by Japan Association of Athletics Federations and is equipped with a pavement track suitable for even bad weather and night lighting so that we can practice all track and field events on 4th grade official ground.

Baseball stadium

This stadium is equipped with field suitable for natural grass and night lighting so that we can practice games and batting, and pitching skills.

Multipurpose Gym (Dance Studio)

This studio is a multipurpose gymnasium complete with air-conditioning facilities, lesson bars, and audio and lighting equipment. It is used by the dance club members for practice and also in PE classes to teach dancing.

Test kitchen for sport and exercise (Kitchen studio)

This is a fully-equipped test kitchen for cooking practice, where students can learn diet and cooking methods for athletes, and for those who enjoy sports and exercise.

Exercise physiology and biomechanics lab

Motor functions: The purpose of this lab is to evaluate a wide range of functions that enable humans to move. This lab is equipped with electromyography, transcranial magnetic stimulation devices and eye scoping devices so that students can examine the relationship between movements and the brain.

Metabolic and cardiopulmonary measurements: This lab is used to measure the aerobic metabolism at maximal oxygen intake, anaerobic threshold, the anaerobic metabolism as blood lactate and anaerobic power by treadmill and bicycle ergo meter. The lab is equipped with auto respiratory and metabolic analysis equipment, electrocardiogram and heart rate monitor devices, so that students can examine the relationships between exercise intensity, oxygen uptake, and heart rate.

Motion analyses: This lab is used to evaluate human motions and skills for sports and analyze movements during games by mainly kinematics. The lab is equipped with a three-dimensional analysis device, motion analysis treatment software, a high speed camera, and force plate of central body gravity so that students can learn methods of analysis of human efficiency of motion during various games.

International activities

In addition to various international conferences, the faculty held an exchange program (athletic trainer) with Arizona University. In this program, students attended the class of anatomy seminars, observed laboratory system of human performance and learned about trainer current status so that they could view athletes' support system from much wider perspectives.