OSAKA UNIVERSITY OF
HEALTH AND SPORT SCIENCES
University that Contributes to “Creating a Tranquil Society”
Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences (OUHS) is the first physical education university established in the Kansai region in 1965. Its founding spirit is to “cultivate mind, virtue, and body through ceaseless effort in order to serve society.” In 1992, to further develop sports science research, our university established a graduate school to obtain a master’s program and in 2001, we were the first to offer a doctorate program in western Japan out of all physical education and sports universities. Since then, our research capabilities have greatly improved. In 2015, OUHS marked the 50th anniversary, and created two systems, the Faculty of Physical Education, and the Faculty of Sports Education, to focus on elementary school and special needs education.
OUHS has focused on training people with a wide range of education and expertise thus far. Currently, about 25,000 graduates are active in various areas such as school education, government, corporations, and sports institutions, and so on. Furthermore, on our 50th anniversary, we formulated the “OUHS Vision 2024” centered on the three prospects of “educational ability”, “research ability”, and “training and support ability” of athletes to meet at the global level. We are also focusing on the promotion of university sports and established the “Sports Bureau” in 2018 that aims to be an organization to promote and supervise at our university.
On the other hand, the worldwide pandemic of Covid-19 has changed not only the political economy but also the landscape of sports. We have also studied to coexist with Covid-19 by mandating to wear masks regularly and implementing sanitary practices such as washing and disinfecting our hands as part of our lifestyle. As vaccination becomes prevalent in our daily lives, we expect the society and the economy to normalize, returning to the world of physical education and sports. We also foresee that we will be living in a society where people will dramatically become more health and hygiene conscious, participating in exercise and sports in order to boost their immunity compared to the society before the pandemic. I believe that Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences will play an even more important role as a university aiming to “Create a Tranquil Society” post Covid.
Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences offers education and training in physical and general education, and sports. Our two undergraduate schools and one graduate school respond to the needs of the times.
Approaching sport and physical education from a variety of perspectives, the School of Health and Sport Sciences strives to produce specialists in these fields. The School of Education strives to produce educators who can ensure the healthy growth and intellectual development of our children, who hold the future of society in their hands. The Graduate School of Sport and Exercise Sciences cultivates human resources with the broad perspective and high level of knowledge needed to respond to the advancement and diversification of physical education and sports science. With a deeper grasp of the fields of sport, health, welfare, and education, a reinvigorated Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences will, through the combined efforts of our two undergraduate schools and graduate school, devise courses to suit the times.
Nurtures instructors who have mastered the practical theories and guidance methods needed to analyze sport from a scientific perspective, and who can provide effective instruction in a variety of settings.
Designed to produce instructors who can respond to the needs of students at a variety of levels, from community sports to competitive sports.
Designed to produce physical education teachers who have studied both general and specialized pedagogy deeply, have acquired teaching skill, are well-rounded individuals, and are trustworthy.
Designed to produce instructors who have acquired a broad base of psychological knowledge and techniques, and who can approach instruction from the perspectives of both mind and body.
Nurtures instructors who can support the people and organizations involved in sport, in areas such the creation of sports environments, athlete support, and health promotion.
Designed to produce specialists who are well-versed in various aspects related to the creation of sports environments, such as the instructors, facilities, funds, and planning required for sporting events.
Designed to produce human resources who have acquired the latest knowledge and techniques in areas such as the conditioning of athletes and injury prevention, and can effectively apply their expertise where needed.
Designed to produce specialists with knowledge of sports medicine and sport science pertaining to health maintenance and promotion, and who can apply their expertise in medical and welfare environments.
Nurtures education specialists equipped with a mastery of specialized elements of physical education.
Designed to produce teachers who can provide not only instruction in all elementary school subjects, but also a particularly high level of instruction in health and physical education and support to children with special needs.
Designed to produce educators who possess specialized knowledge and a high level of teaching ability, who have a particularly good mastery of the theory and practical techniques of adaptive sports, and who have a deep understanding of special needs education.
Nurtures specialists with advanced knowledge of sport and exercise sciences who can provide practical instruction and researchers who can perform original research backed up by a high level of specialist knowledge.
A two-year course that nurtures scientific sport practitioners with a mastery of sport science theory and applied methodology.
A three-year course that nurtures creative, scientific specialists with the ability to construct sport science theories and develop innovative methodologies.
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Athletic Field(Class 3)
Engage in more effective practice with the latest equipment, such as force plates installed in four locations to enable scientific study. There are also two sand pits for the long jump where eight people can practice simultaneously. Additionally, the all-weather 400-meter track has a polyurethane surface. There is also a viewing area featuring a photo finish device. Records set during track meets are officially certified here.
Soccer Field(Artificial Turf)
This was the first all artificial turf soccer field in western Japan. In the 2008 school year, the turf was completely replaced, and stands were installed. There are, of course, lights for evening matches.
Rugby Field(Artificial Turf)
This field was officially certified by the International Rugby Board, the highest authority in rugby, as the world’s first rugby ground with artificial turf.
It has the same cushioning as a natural rugby field in optimal condition, and offers both safety and a competition surface that is friendly to the body. Equipped with mist sprinklers, optimal ground condition is maintained even in scorching heat.
Eight all-weather courts with lights. The combination of artificial turf and natural sand means that the courts retain the appropriate degree of slipperiness and springiness in wet or dry conditions, easing the stress on players’ legs. It also features excellent drainage.
With a distance of 90 meters from home base to the fences in left and right field, and 120 meters to the centerfield fence, this is a regulation-size field. There are also lights (300 lux for the infield and 200 lux for the outfield) for evening games. Additionally, there is a bullpen that can accommodate up to eight people and a rainy weather practice field as well as a large scoreboard behind centerfield.
Indoor Baseball Practice Field
Completed in 2008. Made of reinforced concrete (45 × 45 meters; infield only), the dome roof allows for training in the evenings, in rainy weather and during the winter. There are also six of the latest-model pitching machines, which include conventional wheeled machines as well as arm-style machines that allow individual practice.
Located at the highest spot of any of the university’s facilities, the view from this field is grand. It’s used for various sports, including American football, ultimate frisbee, softball and field hockey.
The first floor is for judo and kendo practice, and the second floor is for basketball. The judo dojo uses tatami mats that meet international standards. They have excellent cushioning and offer superior safety. The kendo dojo features flooring that is suited to barefoot movements. There are two basketball courts, and they are on their own floor.
The first floor is used for dance, table tennis and karate. The wall on one side is covered in mirrors. This gym also has sound equipment, making it perfect for dance practice. The second floor is used for badminton, rhythmic gymnastics and trampolining, so it has a high ceiling.
There are training and locker rooms and showers on the first floor. The training room is large enough for more than a hundred people to train simultaneously. There is a free weight zone and many new model training machines to enable effective training of specific body parts. The second floor is for gymnastics and features equipment that meets international standards.
This gym is for volleyball, and has a high ceiling. The floor features a special structure that reduces stress placed on the body by repetitive jumping.
This gym is for handball. There is an all-weather handball court fully renovated in September 2012.
There are ten lanes in a regulation-size 25-meter indoor pool on the first floor. The second floor has lecture rooms where you can hold lectures looking out at the pool. The multipurpose arena on the third floor is the size of two basketball courts. Additionally, there are 292 spectator chairs that can be arranged freely. There is also a climbing wall that can be used as part of your training.
The indoor pool is 25 meters long and has ten 2.5-meter-wide lanes. The depth can be adjusted between 1.35 meters for domestic regulations and two meters for international regulations, and the direction of the lanes and depth can be changed according to the purpose. The pool is scheduled to be used for official meets as a regulation-size pool..
Athletic Training Room
There are four areas: taping, whirlpool, sports evaluation beds and athletic rehabilitation. There is also an isokinetic dynamometer and motion analysis system. Faculty and trainers with specialist qualifications provide instruction.
Staffed by specialists who are faculty of the university, the clinic can be used not only for sports injuries but also for internal illnesses such as colds or diarrhea
There is a wide selection of offerings on the menu, from a daily set menu to rice bowls and small dishes. Nutritional balance and calorie counts are taken into consideration.
OUHS Seminar House
This five-story facility can accommodate 160 people. It can be used as a lodging house for athletes visiting from other universities for away games or other events. There are also large and small multipurpose halls that can be used for meetings, seminars and exchanges with other universities. The bright and spacious open café on the first floor is used as a space for students to relax.
A facility for exercise physiology and sports medicine research. There are various labs–including a sports medicine lab, a biochemistry lab and a physiology lab–for conducting effective experiments.
Scanning Electron Microscope Room
Scanning electron microscopes are effective for tectological research in the fields of physical education and sports medicine, including the vascular system, respiratory system, skin and neuromuscular system.
Coaching Laboratory(Strategy Analysis)
Used to analyze sports strategies and techniques through digital image analysis using a video coordinate reading system. Enables objective and accurate analyses.
Sports Psychology Laboratory
Comprised of four blocks: laboratory, data processing room, package room and counseling room. Used to measure and analyze interactions between the mind and body in athletes.
Sample Analysis Room
This facility allows quantitative and qualitative analysis of biogenic components, blood, tissue cells, etc., using precision analysis equipment. Used primarily for analyzing biological reactions to exercise and sports activities.
This laboratory has an environmental control room where the temperature can be adjusted. Specific environments can be created, so you can study differences based on the environment through various experiments for things like precautions for exercise in hot or cold environments.
You can check your own movements in a room with mirrors on all four walls and equipped with a high-speed camera. You can study/analyze muscle activity during exercise and the relationship between muscle or tendon movement and the brain or spinal cord.
The library is on the fourth and fifth floors of the OUHS central building. Physical education, sports and welfare-related books, educational materials and information software are available in this bright and open space. There are also Internet-connected computers available for individual use, making the library a storehouse of knowledge and data.
After graduating from the Faculty of Physical Education at the Tokyo University of Education (now Tsukuba University), President Iwagami worked for Gunma Prefecture as a teacher and as a member of its board of education before being appointed to the Physical Education Bureau at the Ministry of Education (now MEXT) as a specialist. He then went on to hold positions such as Head of the Health and Physical Education Division at the Wakayama Prefectural Board of Education, Head of the Competitive Sports Division at the Ministry of Education’s Physical Education Bureau, and Head of the Sports-for-All Division at MEXT’s Sport and Youth Bureau. In 2010, he was appointed Head of the Japan Institute of Sports Sciences and Facility Manager at the National Training Center. In February 2014, he was appointed as both Vice-President of Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences and a professor at its School of Health and Sport Sciences before being appointed President in April of the same year.