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Sport Science

Sport is a popular leisure pursuit among girls and boys as well as among many adults in Sweden. In addition, physical education has been a compulsory subject in Swedish schools since the establishment of public schooling in 1842. Sports has also become a part of the entertainment and tourist sectors which have created new sport related synergies with commercial actors including media.

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Sport is a popular leisure pursuit among girls and boys as well as among many adults in Sweden. In addition, physical education has been a compulsory subject in Swedish schools since the establishment of public schooling in 1842. There is a strong societal belief in sport as a fostering environment for children and youth, for public health and for promoting democracy and social integration. Sports has also become a part of the entertainment and tourist sectors which have created new sport related synergies with commercial actors including media.

It is therefore reasonable that the research community focuses on the large field of sport. In the research field of Sport pedagogy educational processes in all forms of sports is put on focus. This research has had a rapid national and international development during the last decades. At the Department of Education at Umeå University, Sport pedagogy has been pursued since the 1970s. Today this research milieu consists of about 20 teachers and researchers, which makes it one of the largest in Sweden within the humanities and social sciences in Sweden.

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