Department of Sport Science

Sport Science is a relatively young discipline, which has spread rapidly and developed in different directions across the world, including in Austria. Beginning in the middle of the 19th Century with a Sports Teacher course at the University of Vienna, the institutionalisation and recognition of the discipline was achieved after 1945. 

The Department of Sport Science at the University of Vienna currently compromises of five professors, focusing variously on; Education and Sports Culture; Biomechanics, Kinesiology and Computer Science in Sport; Sport and Exercise Physiology; Sociology of Sport and Sport Psychology as well as Training Science. Close cooperation with the Organizations of sport, health and economy, along with other scientific disciplines underlines Sport Science’s position as an integral and multifaceted discipline.

Around 2000 students are currently enrolled, being trained for both teaching and non-educational professions. Research-led teaching takes centre stage, with education focusing on the dynamic connection between theory and practice. Research and teaching go hand in hand as the role of sport in modern society continues to develop and take on growing importance.

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