Physical Education

The Faculty of Physical Education embraces five chairs: the Chair of Natural Sciences, the Chair of Social Sciences, the Chair of Physical Education, the Team Sports and Martial Arts, the Chair of Individual Sports.

THE CHAIR OF NATURAL SCIENCES

The Chair of Natural Sciences embraces nine units: the Unit of Anatomy and Anthropology, the Unit of Biochemistry, the Unit of Physiology, the Unit of Sports Medicine, the Unit of Biomechanics and Sports Engineering, the Unit of Physical Strain, the Unit of Biology and Ecology, the Unit of Physiotherapy, the Unit of Biological Regeneration.

The Unit of Biochemistry study interests comprise: reactive oxygen species in exercise, aging,  nutrition and pathology, energy metabolism in human skeletal muscle from children, adults and the elderly, the role of c-jun terminal kinase in regulation F-reactive oxygen species production and iron metabolism, the effect of exercise-induced changes in mitochondrial cholesterol pool on mitochondrial bioenergetics, apoptosis and oxidative stress, the effect of exercise and pyruvate supplementation on oxidative stress and muscle metabolism in type II diabetes.

The main aims of biochemistry teaching is to increase knowledge of students to the level which would enable them to: a) acquire skills of using physical training as a factor causing desirable, well-defined adaptive changes in the body b) prepare for teaching and educational work and c) promote health and physical activity at work and the local community.

The Unit of Biochemistry conducts lectures, classes and seminars on the subjects of: Introduction to Biochemistry, Biochemistry of Exercise.

The Unit of Biomechanics and Sport Engineering – the overall didactic goals are:
 - to acquaint students with the issues from the fields of mathematics, physics and engineering as well as natural sciences translated into human body functions and various forms of physical activity (e.g. physical education in general, sport, recreation, qualified tourism, physiotherapy.);
- to teach interdisciplinary application of both the acquired knowledge and multiple skills while dealing with different aspects of man’s physical activity,  
- to acquaint students with research methods, techniques and tools which are used to diagnose, specify and test human power potential and  motion abilities as well as  motion techniques;

Didactic field of activity: lectures, classes and workshops for students of physical education, sport, public health and physiotherapy of the following types of studies: Bachelor’s degree (first degree), Master’s degree (second degree), postgraduate courses, PhD studies, in both regular and non-regular courses.

Physical education students and sport students are offered the following subjects: Biomechanics and Sport Engineering; Public Health students – Biomechanics; and Physiotherapy students – Biophysics, Clinical Biomechanics, Ergonomics, and Kinesiology. The Unit staff conduct seminars for all  types of courses (first and second degree graduate studies, postgraduate and doctoral studies).

Research field of interest embraces the following: body structure in terms of  biodynamic , in particular,  body geometry as well as inertia; research on various forms of human motion with the focus on sport dynamics; the biodynamic of sport tactics in a kinematic aspect in such disciplines of sport as: team games/game sports, alpine skiing, light athletics races, rowing and swimming; sport engineering issues, and ergonomics with the particular focus on the safety of labour.

THE CHAIR OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

The Chair of Social Sciences embraces four units: the Unit of Pedagogy, the Unit of Philosophy and Sociology, the Unit of Psychology, Unit of IT and Statistics.

The specific didactic goals are to familiarize the students with the current social phenomena and to present these issues in terms of culture and civilization changes.

The Chair offers lectures and classes for the students of both Faculties and various specializations in the following subjects: Philosophy, Philosophy and Ethics, History of Philosophy, Ethics, Sociology of Health, Sociology of Education, Psychology, Introduction to Philosophy, Philosophy, Statistics, Pedagogy, Physical  Education Pedagogy, Pedagogy of Leisure, General Psychology, Psychology of Sport, Educational Psychology, Information Technology, Statistics and – recently introduced – Sociology of Sport,  Sociology of  Leisure .

The main field of research concentrates on humanistic sciences. The research is conducted within such areas as: political sciences, sociology, philosophy, psychology and pedagogy, which is reflected in numerous articles published in specialist periodicals as well as monographs included in larger comprehensive studies.

The field of research is determined by the individual research aims of the Chair members and the Chair’s statutory goals.  Interdisciplinary nature of the Chair allows the researchers to penetrate, describe and analyze vital scientific questions within the area of widely understood physical education.

THE CHAIR OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION

The Chair of Physical Education embraces five organizational units: the Unit of the Theory of Physical Education, the Unit of Health Promotion, the Unit of Posturology and Methodology of Correction Exercise, the Unit of Methodology of Physical Education, the Unit of Internships and Camping.

The Unit of the Theory of Physical Education – the field of academic research embraces: socio-educational and personality determinants of the efficiency of educational influence on pro-social attitudes – including fair play behaviour – as well as pro-health attitudes at schools, and the issues of extra-school physical education. Other areas of interest concentrate on the models of moral and health values and behaviours in different forms of healthy lifestyle and physical exercise.

The Unit offers lectures, classes and seminars for the students of the Faculty of Physical Education.

The major didactic goals are: to acquaint students with the rudimentary terminology in the field of the scientific discipline of theory of physical education, to awake the awareness of the need for shaping pupils’ right attitudes towards their body, to introduce the students to the complexity of issues involved in a teaching career, to familiarize our students with the specific characteristics of physical education in comparison with other disciplines of culture, and to inform the students about opportunities and threats which can be involved in using physical education values and anti-values as a powerful means of social impact on a wider audience.

The Unit of Health Promotion – the didactic field of activity: lectures and tutorials in Health Promotion and Health Practices aim: to spark the students’ interest in widely understood health issues, to stir the students’ awareness of the fundamental role of physical education in a healthy lifestyle, to apply health education in physical education process, to promote physical activity and other forms of pro-health behaviour, to promote a healthy lifestyle among the adults. Hygiene and Nutrition aims: to explain to the students the role of nutrition/nourishment in proper development and sustaining fundamental functions of human body; to acquaint our students with the basics of balanced nutrition, its implications for health, prevention, and related issues; to teach the students how to make decisions on proper diets/ nourishment, how to diagnose and critically assess dietary patterns of different groups of consumers.

The Unit offers lectures, classes and seminars in the following subjects: Health Promotion, Health Practices, Hygiene and Nutrition.

The field of scientific research of the Unit embraces the following problems:  the tendencies and implications of somatic development and physical activity in the case of children; the issues of overweight and obesity in terms of their implications and recent tendencies; the role  of physical activity and nutrition in health education, the intensification of  health promotion-oriented efforts.

The Unit of the Theory of Physical Education – the field of academic research embraces: socio-educational and personality determinants of the efficiency of educational influence on pro-social attitudes  –  including fair play behavior –  as well as pro-health attitudes at schools, and the issues of extra-school physical education. Other areas of interest concentrate on  the models of moral and health values and behaviours in different forms of healthy lifestyle and physical exercise.

The Unit offers lectures, classes and seminars for the students of the Faculty of Physical Education.

The major didactic goals are to: acquaint the students with the rudimentary terminology in the field of the scientific discipline of the theory of physical education, to awake the awareness of the need for shaping pupils’ right attitudes towards their body, to introduce the students to the complex issues of numerous roles involved in teaching careers, to familiarize our students with the specific characteristics of physical education in comparison with other disciplines of culture, and to inform the students about opportunities and threats which can be involved in using physical education values and anti-values as a powerful means of social impact on a wider audience.

THE CHAIR OF TEAM SPORTS and MARTIAL ARTS

The Chair of Team Sports and Martial Arts embraces seven units: The Unit of the Theory of Olympic Sport, the Unit of Football, the Unit of Handball, the Unit of Volleyball, the Unit of Basketball, the Unit of Martial Arts, the Unit of Tennis.

THE CHAIR OF INDIVIDUAL SPORTS

The Chair of Individual Sports embraces: the Unit of the Theory of Sport and Motorics, the Unit of Gymnastics, the Unit of Athletics, the Unit of Dance and Music and Exercise, the Unit of Swimming, and the Unit  of Physiotherapy.