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About Hacettepe University Faculty of Sport Sciences

Hacettepe University Faculty of Sport Sciences was established as the Department of the Faculty of Education in 1989 and accommodated education programs aimed at implementation of new approaches and current knowledge and skills into education of physical education teachers, coaches and recreation leaders. Following the establishment of Turkish Council of Higher Education in 1991, department started offering graduate degrees. It was the most important step towards transition from "Physical Education" to "Sport Sciences”. In 1992, as for the nation's leading departments, the name of “Department” has been transformed into School of Sport Sciences and Technology. On 10th November 2013, the school name has been changed to "Faculty of Sport Sciences" and institutional reorganization led to 3 different departments as follow;

  • Exercise and Sport Sciences
  • Physical Education and Sports Teacher Education
  • Recreation

Since its foundation, The Faculty of Sport Sciences, had put into practice the concept of "Sports Sciences" and used multi- and inter-disciplinary structure of the sport sciences for the first time in Turkey. Furthermore, in accordance with the Bologna process, The Faculty conducts graduate programs in Institute of Health Sciences.

1. Coaching
 The main objective of the program is to train students in sport sciences, coaching, conditioning, and performance analysis to work with different age groups. Students take courses related to general sports culture, ethics, and research methods as well as related with theoretical and practical aspects of sport sciences, coaching, conditioning, and performance analysis in sport. At the end of 4-year undergraduate program students are expected to have knowledge and expertise to develop critical, analytical, and creative thinking, problem solving skills. Learns how to use the relevant technology, communication tools, and leadership skills. Students are expected to become an expert in the fi­eld relevant to evaluation, analysis and performance development in different sports.
2. Physical Education and Sports Teacher Education
The main objective of the program is to train quali­fied teachers for physical education and sports. For this purpose pre-service teachers take courses on general physical education and sports culture, educational games, movement skills, theoretical and practical knowledge on different aspects of physical education and sports, educational games, movement skills and teaching. At the end of the 4-year pre-service teachers will have a knowledge on preparation of course syllabus, teaching-learning process, implementation, testing and evaluation, professional development, classroom management and leadership, communication, implementation of the technology, the importance of life-long exercise participation and sports culture.
3. Recreation
A key role of the program is to contribute to the healthy lifestyle of people by increasing physical activity in the community through recreation services. Recreation Program offers a wide range of knowledge, skills and ability which are required in designing, managing and delivering physical activity and recreation services aiming to make a contribution to physical, mental, emotional, psychological and social development and health protection of individual in different socio-cultural environments. The program provides scientific research and vocational experience based education through theoretical and practical courses, academic and vocational research projects and work experiences.
Hacettepe University Faculty of Sports Sciences is offering both Masters and Doctorate degrees at the Graduate School of Health Sciences.  Since sports sciences is multidisciplinary area, “Sports Sciences and Technology Graduate Program” is organized under several research areas.
B.1. Exercise and Sports Physiology
Exercise and Sports Physiology covers broad area of investigation including in both healthy people and elite athletes who are engaging physical activity, exercise and sports to improve not only their health and fitness but also to deal with high levels of physical stress. Exercise and Sport Physiology investigates adaptation mechanisms of organisms from molecular to system levels during acute and chronic exercise. Muscle Biochemistry and Exercise Physiology laboratory is focused on mechanisms of skeletal muscle atrophy. Specifically, the molecular mechanisms to prevent sarcopenia and adaptation mechanisms of both skeletal and cardiac muscles to exercise and various environmental stresses are the main research areas of the laboratory.
B.2. Sports and Coaching
“Sports and Coaching” research area has multidisciplinary approach to the athletic training. Sport and coaching is interested in evaluating physical and physiological effects of training on human organism, assessment and evaluation of performance and training variables in the evaluation and development of elite performance.
B.3. Sports Biomechanics and Motor Control
Sports Biomechanics involves research investigating mechanical parameters of human motion in sports. Multi-element design of the human body and degrees of freedom problem in the acquisition and execution of motor skills challenge our understanding of how central nervous system controls purposeful and coordinated movements. The study of motor control, therefore, has been approached from a wide range of disciplines, including cognitive science, biomechanics and neuroscience.
B.4. Exercise and Sports Psychology
Exercise and Sport Psychology involves study of human behavior in psychological point of view in sports and physical activity settings. Research in the area of exercises and sport psychology has accumulated considerable evidence showing that the characteristics of individual performer interact with factors in the social-environment to determine the individual’s behavior in specific sport or physical activity contexts.
B.5. Physical Education and Sports
Physical Education and Sport has multidisciplinary approach towards education of movement and sport skills and promoting healthy lifestyle. Physical education and sports is dealing with curriculum development, teaching and learning, sport pedagogy and supervision of teachers and programs. Upon completion of graduate program, students will be equipped with knowledge and skills to teach courses in curriculum design, methods of teaching, foundations in physical education and sport, sport pedagogy, promoting healthy life styles, designing and using technology, and supervise student teachers.
B.6. Nutrition and Metabolism in Exercise
"Nutrition and Metabolism in Exercise" is a theoretical and applied field of expertise examining the effects of nutrition and the use of ergogenic aid as well as strategies on human health and metabolism, body composition, exercise capacity and sports performance. In this context, studies in the field of Nutrition and Metabolism in Exercise require the integration of nutrition, metabolism, exercise physiology, and exercise biochemistry. Studies in the field mainly examine the metabolic effects of exercise and nutrition on health in different groups (children, the elderly, obese, athletes etc.) as well as the optimization of sport performance through nutrition and ergogenic aids from recreational to elite level.
B.7. Social Sciences in Sport
This research area  dealing with the social dimensions of participation in sports and recreational activities is a far-reaching social field structure including main areas such as sociology, anthropology, economics, history, philosophy, political science, management and also gender and media studies. The main topics of the area are production and consumption of sports in society, multiculturalism, social inequality, health and participation to activities, cross-cultural analyses and sports policies.
B.8. Physical Activity and Health
Physical Activity and Health provides students with the opportunity to further develop knowledge and understanding of both theoretical principles and practical techniques related to the physical activity assessment methods, promotion of physical activity for different populations and settings. The research area offers studying determinants of physical activity and inactivity, measuring physical activity behavior, the effectiveness of health and educational policies in increasing physical activity and decreasing physical inactivity in different communities.

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