A brief description of the area
The content of the field of physical education can be described as a constant process of knowledge enrichment and development of skills and qualities, as well as an important means of formation of personality and inter-individual relationships. The field of research of physical education refers to the study of the problems of modern lifestyle and the development of children and adolescents in the aspect of physical activity and education. These problems are manifested in different ways, for example in the general decrease in the amount and intensity of physical activity of children and adolescents and in weight gain. It is important to monitor the development of motor competencies and the acquisition of physical skills and knowledge.
In the process of physical education, physical education teachers have a responsible task. They contribute to the quality of physical and motor development of children and youth through appropriately structured physical activity in schools and other educational institutions. They also promote the significance of properly developed motor and physical skills. This helps to improve the quality of life and strengthen general health, as well as encourage an active lifestyle at all ages.
A brief description of major research
Research on the effect of different interventions for protecting health in children and youth.
Research in physical characteristics, movement patterns and motor abilities of children and youth.
Research in the physical education and training process of children and youth
- Assist. Prof. Matej Plevnik (SICRIS, ResearchGate)
- Assist. Prof. Jernej Rošker (SICRIS, ResearchGate)
- Prof. Nejc Šarabon (SICRIS, ResearchGate)
- Assist. Prof. Urška Čeklić (SICRIS, ResearchGate)
- Assist. Marina Dobnik (SICRIS, ResearchGate)
- Assist. Andrej Kocjan (SICRIS, ResearchGate)
- Luka Kejžar, M.Sc. (ReserchGate)
- Assist. Irena Kleibencetl (SICRIS)
- Assist. Prof. Milan Hosta (SICRIS)
Research in the field of physical education is carried out in the field and in kinesiology laboratories.
The head of the kinesiology laboratories is Assist. Prof. Žiga Kozinc
|3D motion capture system||The system is used to capture 3D kinematical data, which we use to assess movement technique in sports and ergonomics. In addition to the central unit, 3 camera sensors are available to ensure good visibility of the kinematical markers.|
|Running treadmill Woodway 4 front||Woodway 4 is a motorized running treadmill, which enables the assessment of gait at different speeds. It features precise speed determination, and can also monitor the heart rate.|
|Wireless muscle activity measurement system||The EMG system is used to track muscle activity during different tasks or movements. It can be synchronized with other devices, such as force plates and dynamometers.|
|Accelerometers ActivPAL, for evaluation of sedentary behavior and physical activity levels||ActivPAL is an accelerometer, used to assess the amount of physical activity and sedentary behavior in different populations. The sensor’s size is 3x2x0.5 cm. It is affixed to the thigh of the subject. These sensors are used in research, when the purpose is to objectively track the physical activity of the subjects throughout the day.|
|System for assessment of neuromuscular functions of the trunk|
|Anthropometric set with calipers||The anthropometric set is used to measure human body dimension. It is comprised of stadiometer, caliper, measuring tape, pelvimeter and different compasses.|
|Additional accessories: digital inclinometers, goniometers, etc.|
|System for balance assessment – Balance Tracking|
|Ultrasound apparatus Resona 7||Resona 7 ultrasound is used to assess the structure of various tissues, the flow of the blood and tissue stiffness.|
|Mobile oxygen consumption meter||The portable oxygen consumption meter is used to measure energy consumption outside the laboratory, where standard devices cannot be used. The use is very simple; the device is controlled by a smartphone.|
|Exercise platform with free weights|
|System for bilateral isometric strength assessments|
|Multi-purpose hip dynamometer||This state-of-the-art dynamometer is used to measure isometric strength of all hip muscle groups. The main pros of this device are its mobility and ease-of-use (it can be controlled via a tablet).|
|2x portable force plates||The force plates are used to evaluate movement kinetics (jumps, landings, etc.) and balance (body sway during quiet standing).|
|Linear motion breaking system|
|Pupil Headset – Eye tracker||This device enables us to track the user’s gaze (eye tracking). This is a novel approach to studying visual perception and sensory-motor integration.|
|Isokinetic dynamometer for muscle strength and power assessment||This dynamometer is used to assess the strength and the power of different muscle groups. It can be used in static (isometric) and dynamic (isokinetic and isotonic) modes.|
|Wireless 16 channel EMG system for muscle activity assessment|
|ActiGraph – Sensors for assessing physical activity and sedentary behavior||ActiGraph is an accelerometer sensor, used to assess the quantity of physical activity of users of all age groups. The sensor size is 3x3x3 cm. It is affixed to the ankle, thigh, waist or wrist with a band. ActiGraph sensors are used in research, when the purpose is to objectively track the physical activity of the subjects throughout the day.|