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Sport Science

Sport plays an increasing part in today’s society, spanning from public health activities - through organised sport and teaching in physical education and health in preschool and school - to professional elite sports organisations.

There are expectations on that sports should have a major impact on health, democracy, and integration, but also on experiences, entertainment, and growth. Sports are currently undergoing exciting changes through the growing globalisation, professionalisation and commercialisation.

The aim of the department of Sport Science at Linnaeus University is to through research and education contribute to the development and distribution of knowledge concerning the wide and ever-changing field of sports. The research conducted examines aspects of for instance education, leadership, learning, training, and social changes in relation to practicing sports, teacher competence, physical activities and health. Research is also conducted in close cooperation with the surrounding society.

Sport science offers an extensive range of educations where theoretical knowledge is combined with a practical understanding and competence in taking actions. We offer attractive study programmes and courses 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 organisations within leisure and health to develop its activities. This takes place by means of collaborating with local, regional, national, and international actors on for instance research and development assignments, different forms of education, conferences, and evaluations. In terms of the collaboration within sports, the department has set up a Centre for Sports Development which has an office located in the so called Arenastaden in Växjö, close to a number of sports clubs and organisations, for more information, see “Collaboration”.


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

For us to meet the needs of our society – to understand and analyse the role and consequences of sports in relation to the society and the individual – and to in a qualitative manner develop social institutions, sports, and their associated organisations – research in sports science is required.

Sport is an important part of all sectors in society, and it is within this span that the sport science at Linnaeus University pursues its activities. In addition to the value to the individual health as well as public health, sport also contributes to education and integration in society. Sport is considered a significant growth factor and co-creator of new lifestyles, markets, and job opportunities, which also entails that we must be able to critically reflect on and highlight this field. On one hand, sport is part of the market economy and on the other hand it is supposed to contribute to democratic education and should be available and sustainable for all children in our society. The aim of the knowledge development being pursued within the field of sport science is that it should be made use of in the development of the activities in several areas. This concerns for instance areas such as coaching/leadership, sports management, talent development, sports medicine, prevention of the use of performance enhancing drugs, and the importance of outdoor recreation activities, physical activities and health for all kinds of groups in society.

The environment includes a variety of research groups, that for instance are related to external projects, collaborations with other knowledge environments at Linnaeus University, or to first-cycle courses and study programmes. The following groups are linked to first-cycle education, collaboration and research and they work in an operational manner in the daily activities within the faculty:

  • Sports culture, development, and management (ID-KUL)
  • Physical activity, health and sports medicine (FAHIM)
  • Physical education and sport in transition

Colleagues are through this offered support within the environment in their scientific and educational competence development. The environment offers weekly research seminars, and in addition to discussions on research papers and applications, doctoral students are offered support in their research processes.

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