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Sport Science

Sport plays an increasing part in todays society and involves everything from peoples health through organised and school sports, to professional sports.

There is a lot of expectations on sport to have a major impact on health, democracy and integration. But also experiences, entertainment and growth. Sports are at the same time undergoing an exciting period of changes through an increasing globalisation, professionalisation and commercialisation.

Our different areas within Sport Science at the Linnaeus University try to (through research and education) contribute to the development and distribution of knowledge regarding the wide and ever changing field of sports. The research is vast with both a social and natural scientific focus. It handles leadership issues, educational issues as well as the importance of physical activities. All of our research is done in direct connection with the surrounding society.

Sport science has an extensive range of educations where theoretical knowledge is united with a practical understanding and competence in taking actions. We offer solid programmes aimed at activities in schools, leisure, health sectors and areas of sport.

Sport science at the Linnaeus university cooperates closely with the sport society and with organizations within leisure and health to develop its activities. Within the theme "Academy meets Sports" we interact with local, regional, national and international actors in different forms of educations, conferences and evaluations.



The Department of Sport Science offers a variety of study programmes and freestanding courses generally asked for. Our programmes and courses can be studied at the first-cycle and second-cycle levels and as a part of teacher education. There is also the opportunity to conduct third-cycle courses and study programmes in the field of sports science.

Research in sport science

The research within sport science at Linnaeus University is diverse and important. It is based on an interdisciplinary sport science core and gathers its strength from different disciplines and other environments within the university as well as from the collaborations that are in place with the sports movement and other parts of society. In addition, there is also a fruitful collaboration with other higher education institutions both in Sweden and abroad.

The research has both a natural sciences specialisation and social sciences specialisation and is carried out primarily in three constellations that are closely linked to our degree programmes.

One environment works with coaching and sports management with focus on development, management and learning questions within sports. Another environment focuses on questions relating to physical activity and outdoor life, in particular in relation to health and health development. There is also a research group that focuses on the teacher education in sport and health, in particular the relationship between the school subject sport and health and the teacher education.

At the department of sport science, successful research is also being carried out within areas like identity, culture, gender, and ethics.

Collaborate with us

Sport science carries out extensive collaboration within education and research. Collaborations are in place with the sports movement – from national level in the form of The Swedish Sports Confederation, SISU Idrottsutbildarna, and various special sports confederations to district and club level – as well as with a number of sectors of relevance to health work. There are also well-developed collaborations in different forms with schools and pre-schools. In addition, there is also a well-established collaboration, both nationally and internationally, with higher education institutions and several of our researchers within sport science take part in national and international research bodies.

Information about the department's members of staff and their area of competence.
Folder about Centre for sports development (only in Swedish).

If you are interested in collaborating with sport science at Linnaeus University, please contact Mats Glemne on +46470-70 87 29 or