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Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation (PhASRec)

About us

PhASRec is the research focus area for Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation in the Faculty of Health Sciences on the Potchefstroom Campus of the NWU.  Research performed in PhASRec focus on the role of physical activity, exercise and recreational activities over the life span of humans for motor development, health, prevention and management of chronic diseases, orthopaedic injury and high performance in sport.

The results obtained from the research are applied in the training of human movement specialists that include biokineticists, kinderkineticists, sport scientists and managers of recreational programmes. Consequently the new knowledge that is generated is also used to address challenges faced by the community, the country, the continent and the world. It is also used to influence policy on physical activity related to the health and wellness of the nation.

PhASRec has three NRF rated researchers and an additional 11 researchers with doctoral degrees. The researchers from this entity are considered the leaders in the field of physical activity, sport and recreation based on the international and national standing they have in the field. This is evident through the citations in peer reviewed publications and the national media in electronic and printed format. Many of the researchers serve on the governing bodies of professional associations and serve as external examiners to various other universities in South Africa.

The strategic aims of PhASRec are:

  • To be leaders in the production of relevant research in the field of physical activity, sport and recreation in South Africa.
  • To disseminate knowledge gained with research locally and internationally in order to influence future policy.

VISION: To pursue research excellence in the understanding of Human Movement across the lifespan

MISSION: Dissemination of quality research on physical activity, sport and recreation across the lifespan with national and international relevance.