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Course of Health Care and Sports 健康スポーツ学専攻

Course of Health Care and Sports
Course Chair, Professor Tetsuro Suzuki

Pursuing the Possibilities in Culture of Sports and Health Promotion for Improving the Quality of Life (QOL) in Society and for Extending Healthy Life Expectancy

Message from the Course Chair

Supporting Japan as it currently faces a decrease in the number of children, aging population, and declining population by improving the health of society through sports
At the Course of Health Care and Sports, we will investigate the phenomena of health and sports by drawing on the following disciplines: applied health science, sports science, and bodily education science. While enhancing academic expertise in each of the above disciplines, we will also collaborate with experts from different fields on research into improving the health of all people regardless of whether physically challenged, old or young, or male or female. While searching for ways to develop the culture of sports even further, we aim to cultivate professionals with a broad perspective who are able to apply professional expertise on the spot as well as researchers to support them.
In 2006, Japan’s fertility rate, which is based on the fertility rate of women aged from 15 to 49, recorded 1.26—the lowest ever. While it then increased to 1.45 in 2015, this is still far below the rate needed to maintain Japan’s population, which is somewhere between 2.07 and 2.08. The stagnant fertility rate is causing not only a decline in Japan’s population and number of children but also a sharp increase in its ratio of senior citizens.  In 2015, Japan recorded one of the world’s highest, with 26.7% of the population being citizens over the age of 65. With the increasing ratio of senior citizens, in FY 2015, Japan’s medical expenses totaled \ 41.5 trillion—about \ 1.5 trillion more than that of FY 2014. In addition to soaring medical costs, the increasing ratio of senior citizens causes an increase in expenditures for long-term care.  While the average life spans of Japanese men and women in 2013 were 80.21 and 86.61, respectively, the average healthy life expectancy (years without requiring external support in  everyday life) were 71.19 and 74.21, respectively. The difference between the average life spans and healthy life expectancy is therefore, the number of unhealthy years with limitations in everyday life, which for men accounted for 9.02 years and women 12.4 years of requiring nursing or medical care.
The major aim of the Course of Health Care and Sports is to cultivate people by applying various approaches to improving the QOL and extending the healthy life expectancy years of society. Students will be trained in a way to contribute to achieving the above aim by effectively applying their special expertise in areas of society including sports, fields related to health care, using governmental facilities, and education institutes. They will become able to do so by specializing in one of the following research methodologies to pursue studies in a relevant academic discipline: 1) experimental methodology to pursue anatomy & histology, exercise biochemistry, or exercise physiology; 2) survey methodology to pursue health promotion sciences, cultural anthropology, or health enhancement studies; and 3) applied methodology to pursue athletic training sciences, adapted sports studies, or aerobic dance exercise theoretical studies. The Course also offers the following two academic disciplines for students to specialize in: physical education sciences, and school health education.
We look forward to assisting you in pursuing research studies at the Course of Health Care and Sports so that you can put professional expertise into practice and help us achieve our aim of extending the healthy life expectancy years of society.

Summary and additional details on the Course

The Course of Health Care and Sports aims at cultivating people who can contribute to improving the QOL and extending the healthy life expectancy years of society by effectively applying professional expertise in areas of society including sports, fields related to health, and governmental facilities. The Course does this by assisting students to specialize in one of the following research methods and academic disciplines: 1) experimental methodology for disciplines focusing on humans and animals; 2) survey methodology for disciplines including epidemiology; 3) applied methodology for studies focusing on children, the elderly, the disadvantaged, and athletes. The Course also offers academic disciplines within the field of teaching, which focus on studies into educational environments.

Admission Capacity: 10 students (Master’s Program)
Lecture Times: Daytime & evening courses (lectures held mainly in the daytime)
Campus: Asaka
Degree: Master of Health Care and Sports
Program Applicable for Education and Training Grant System: Master's Program

Faculty Members of the Course of Health Care and Sports (in Japanese)

 

健康スポーツ学専攻長 鈴木哲郎教授

生活の質(QOL)の向上と健康寿命延伸実現のための健康づくりとスポーツ文化を探求する

専攻長メッセージ

健康スポーツ学は体育学を起点として発展した学問分野で、応用健康科学、スポーツ科学、身体教育学の3分野で構成されます。また、これらの学問分野はいわゆる「自然科学系、社会科学系、人文科学系」も包括しています。本専攻では基礎学問として、ヒトの構造・機能を扱う組織・解剖学、生理学、生化学、運動生理学、スポーツ選手の健康管理を含むコンディショニングやトレーニングを扱う自然科学系、健康を社会現象から扱う健康社会学や現代の情報の発展を社会学から扱う情報社会学などの社会科学系、文化から健康やスポーツを扱う健康文化学、スポーツ文化学、スポーツ人類学からなる人文科学系など多くの基礎学問から3構成分野を構築しています。

この様な学問体系の健康スポーツ学は健康とスポーツに係る事柄を広く深く扱います。例えば、最近盛んになってきた「e-スポーツ」は情報社会学の一つの手法としてのデジタルとアナログの視点から考えるとe-スポーツはデジタルです。自然科学の立場からスポーツは本来アナログですからe-スポーツをスポーツの範疇ではないとします。しかし、スポーツ文化学ではスポーツをデジタルやアナログの分類では捉えず、文化現象としてスポーツとして捉えます。一方、運動生理学ではスポーツを「ルールと競技を包括した身体運動」と定義し、アナログと捉えます。したがって、e-スポーツはスポーツではないと捉えます。このように、現代のスポーツに係る現象を分析する場合、学問によって扱い方が異なります。一面的なとらえ方でなく広く深く専門分野を学ぶことが重要なことです。e-スポーツはスポーツ科学分野で扱いますが、身体教育学や応用健康科学にも関連します。そのために本専攻のカリキュラムでは知識を広く深めるための「健康スポーツ学総合演習」などの科目により、総合的に健康スポーツ学を捉える能力を養う授業もあります。また、自身の専門性を深く学ぶために研究指導を始め専門科目も充実しています。本専攻では学問的・実践的なスキルを高め専門的職業人、それを支える研究者の養成を行います。

健康スポーツ学は発展途上の学問で、非常に速い速度で発展し、広範囲に及ぶ学問分野です。学部教育で学び切れない学問分野です。そこで、大学院教育で専門的職業人としてのキャリアアップをしてもらいたいと思います。 

概要

ヒトや動物を対象とした実験的研究分野、疫学などを用いた調査的研究分野、子ども・高齢者・障がい者・アスリートを対象とした応用的研究分野、教育現場を研究対象とした教職系研究分野などの中から専門的分野を選んで研究することにより、社会のスポーツや健康関連分野、行政施設などで専門的知識を生かしてQOLの向上と健康寿命の延伸に貢献できる人材を育成します。

入学定員:修士課程10名
開講時間:昼夜開講(昼間主)
キャンパス:朝霞
学位:修士(健康スポーツ学)
教育訓練給付制度指定講座:修士課程

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