Relevance to sport

Sport can be broadly defined as, “all physical activity in which individuals consciously engage for reasons including the maintenance and improvement of health and performance, competition or recreation.”

The Swedish Research Council for Sport Science supports research into sport. In the current financial situation, when resources are very limited, the Board has drawn up definitions of “relevance to sport”, which define the types of research which it supports. By doing so, research aimed at treating disease through sports can not currently be financed.

Relevance to sport: the humanities and social sciences

In humanities and social sciences studies of activities regarded as sports by society as well as participants are relevant. Studies of movement cultures that are usually not referred to as sports, but is nevertheless included in the definition of sport given above are also relevant.

In addition, relevant studies should aim at problematizing and developing sport activities in relation to for example performance, accessibility and diversity.

Relevance to sport: physiology, medicine and biomechanics

The starting point of the research must be physical activity of importance to health or physical performance or both. The research will deal with biological functions, as well as mechanisms and methods that promote health and sporting performance.

Relevance to sport: traumatology, rehabilitation and orthopaedics

Research aims at prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries, and includes projects focussing on mechanisms of injuries and methods related to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of importance for sports performance.