Finnish Conference on Sport Science 2015

The featured articles contain three papers which highlight the achievements of the Finnish Conference of Sport Science 2015. The main theme of the 2015 event was not chosen by accident. Children's and young people's physical activity has long been an area of focus in domestic sports policy.

The Finnish Society of Sport Sciences has been known since its founding 1933 as a discussion forum between science and practice. Originally the purpose of the Society was to exchange information among members and to deal with questions concerning physical exercise and sport. The final incentive to found the entire Society was a desire to influence the organization of physical education in schools, which was a topic of major discussion at the beginning of the 1930’s (Heikkinen, 1983).

At the moment the mission of the Society is to promote physical activity, health and well-being among people living in Finland by means of Science Communication. The Society’s vision is that professionals and decision makers have access to reliable and timely information to their physical activity, health and wellness-promoting choices. The Society co-operates with expert networks, scientific communities, the Ministry of Education and Culture and Organizations that operate in the fields of physical culture and health.

Following our current mission and vision the Finnish Conference of Sport Science have been focusing on Science Communication serving both the members of the society as well as the state sports administration in their needs for reliable and timely information.

The main theme of the 2015 event was not chosen by accident. Children's and young people's physical activity has long been an area of focus in domestic sports policy. The promotion of physical activity within the Finnish school system will be emphasized during the next three years by encouraging Finnish schools with an extra 21 M€ to activate school days so that each student is moving for an extra hour a day. Within this framework the 2015 Conference was working real-time to provide all necessary parties with reliable and timely information.

The featured articles contain three papers which highlight the achievements of the Conference. The first paper concentrates on how researchers work for the benefit of children and young people. The second paper is presenting eight recommendations which were produced by the interaction between sport scientists and people from the state and municipal sport administration. The third paper is an analysis on how the Conference increased interaction amongst promoters of physical activity and sports researchers. Please, enjoy reading!

References:

Heikkinen Antero, 1983. Liikuntatieteellinen Seura 50 vuotta.  Liikuntatieteellisen seuran julkaisuja no 89. Etelä-Saimaan Kustannus oy, Lappeenranta 1983.

 

Kari L. Keskinen

kari.keskinen(at)lts.fi