Sport Literature, History and Philosophy
The aim of Sport Literature, History and Philosophy is to use sport as a vehicle to understand how the modern forms of exercise and sports have developed that reflect the past. It not only help us to understand political, social and economic conditions which affected sports culture, but also centers on human relationships, morality, and ethics that intertwined with sport activities. One of the major goals is to examine historical development of Taiwanese sports and leisure since the inception of Japanese colonialization, which brought modern physical education to the island. There are several academic staff who devote their research in such area. For example, Hsu Kuang-piao and Yu Jun-wei. The former obtained his PhD from National Taiwan Normal University, while the latter attained his PhD from Warwick University in England.
Sport and Exercise Psychology
Aims of sport and exercise psychology research focus on behaviors, as well as cognition and emotion problem, during the sport and exercise participation. Under the goals of our PE department, the current research interests of sport and exercise psychology mainly focus on individuals' attitude and motivation whose involved in competition, exercise training and physical education setting. One of the major goals of such research interests is on promotion of physical activity involvement, engagement and maintance on several different groups, such as PE students, senior citizen, people who are not regular taking exercise. Those goals were fulfilled by two lecturers on PE department, Dr. Chiao-Lin Nien and Dr. Hsiu-Tin Wu. Dr. Nien was graduated from University of Birmingham, UK. and Dr. Wu was graduated from National Taiwan Sport University in Taoyuan.
Biomechanics is the study of the movement of biological system through the methods of mechanics. The performance of motor skill could enhance and the rate of sport injury could reduce after the biomechanical information provide to athlete or coach. Recently, there are many issue explorations of aging, motor control, motor learning, and motor development by the approach of biomechanics. The site of biomechanics research laboratory is on the sixth floor of the building of Sport Science. The size of the laboratory with dimensions of 23 m in length by 17 m in width and 6.3 m in high. There are two 5 m reserved pits of the force platforms for runway. The acquired and analysis systems in laboratory includes Vicon 3D motion analysis system (8 high-speed cameras), Kistler piezoelectric 3D force plate (8 pieces), BTS wireless EMG recording system, Noraxon foot pressure measurement system, and Biodex System 4 Pro dynamometer. It is the best and the most advance biomechanical laboratory in Taiwan.