Does Sport Science need counseling?

  • Martin Kopp Department of Sport Science, University of Innsbruck
  • Justin S. Lawley Department of Sport Science, University of Innsbruck
Keywords: sport science, development, perspectives


Sports science is an emerging discipline in the field of science (Block, 2016). Traditionally sports science has been recognized as simply educating secondary school teachers in physical education. However, this notion has mostly passed as researchers within the field of sport and exercise sciences have contributed significantly to our understanding of the totality of the human condition. A good example as to the importance of modern day sport science is the large body of scientific evidence that regular and optimized physical activity can increase strength and endurance, substantially reduce the risk of diabetes, heart attack, stroke, cognitive decline and development of Alzheimer’s disease, and improve quality of life over the entire life span, with little or no side effects. A notion that is now immortalized in the concept that “exercise is medicine” (Berryman, 2010).
In this context, some aspects of the modern day sports science department should be considered, in order not to jeopardize the great developments that have been made and future developments of the discipline.

How to Cite
Kopp, M., & Lawley, J. S. (2019). Does Sport Science need counseling?. Current Issues in Sport Science (CISS), 4, 009.