The Department of Athletic Performance was first conceived in 1999. Preparatory meetings and planning work began as early as 2000. The official establishment plan was submitted to the Ministry of Education in August the same year, and was approved subsequently. In September, the department began to execute both funding and student admission-related tasks, and finally became an official body on August 1st, 2001. Also, the graduate institute was established in 2006. Currently, the Department of Athletic Performance is developing athletic activities, such as archery, badminton, basketball, competitive gymnastics, female soccer, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, track and field and volleyball. The department aims to develop excellent athletes and professional coaches, and concentrate on scientific research in athletics. In August, 2012, the department was integrated with the Graduate Institute of Exercise and Sport Science, with the expectation of strengthening the athletic performance with the sport science supports. It’s still called the Department of Athletic Performance ,which includes 2 master programs: athletic performance and exercise and sport science.
Professional advisory personnel for competitive sports.
PE teachers with a certain sports specialty
Improving the career productivity and longevity of elite athletes.
Integrating sports cluster theory into scientific training to enhance competition.
Utilizing the teaching resources and equipment to cultivate excellent sports coaches.
Exercise and Sport Science
To train exercise and sport science researchers for further academic pursuits.
To train sport equipment and material technology specialists to promote research and development for the sports industry.
To prepare sport science support personnel to assist coaches and elite athletes.
To prepare exercise and fitness personnel to promote fitness and sport for all.
1.Reflect the international tendency
Modern sports competition has already become an important subject in the world. In addition to the cultural exchanges between different countries, sports competition is a great opportunity to demonstrate the power of a country. Sports Affairs Council, Executive Yuan has now regarded the enhancement of athletic performance as a main policy and invested lots of resources in related projects. Accordingly, the curriculum of this department is oriented towards improving our athletes’ performance.
2.Integrate theory and practice
Nowadays, successful cultivation of athletes relies on not only traditional training but also scientific research to maximize performance. This department integrates theoretical framework, practical training experiences, specialists and facilities to assist our athletes in achieving peak performance.
3.Provide further study and enrich professional ability
National Taiwan Normal University, consisting of six colleges, has a diversity of learning environment and teaching faculty. In addition to the master program in our department, there are both master and Ph. D. programs in the Department of Physical Education. We also provide advanced courses in competitive sports training, in conjunction with other specialized courses, to enrich professional knowledge.
To cultivate elite athletes and improve their career longevity
To cultivate sports coaches and promote the standard of training
To emphasize sports profession and integrate theory and practice
To work with national policy and improve athletes’ performance in international competitions
To integrate both academic and industrial resources and benefit greatly in sports industry