Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Human Performance
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Vision & Mission

CIPER’s mission is to promote human functioning through sport and physical activity across the lifespan.

This mission focuses on:

  1. Generating Internationally Impactful Knowledge: Producing cutting-edge research on human functionality, including developing measures, conducting experimental observations and interventions, constructing models, and refining algorithms to understand how physical activity and sport behaviors influence functioning throughout life.
  2. Translating Research Outcomes: Applying research findings to health policies and practices for physical activity and sport, using tailored approaches for individuals and communities to maximize real-world impact and promote healthier lifestyles.
  3. Empowering Interdisciplinary Research: Fostering collaboration across diverse fields from the start of research careers, cultivating advanced research capacities among young and mid-career investigators, and driving innovation in human kinetics.

CIPER’s vision focuses on a paradigm shift recognizing human movement as pivotal for functioning across all life stages and contexts. CIPER’s research is conducted across key life stages (children, adolescents, adults, elderly) and addresses key aspects of human movement, focusing on:

  1. Data Validity: Developing advanced methods to measure physical activity, sport, and related movement variables, integrating multiple reliable measures, and creating new variables for ecological and precise measurement.
  2. Observations: Capturing goal-directed movement according to task environments, understanding facilitators and inhibitors, and identifying pathways of physical activity and sport behaviors for targeted interventions.
  3. Modeling and Algorithm Selection: Using complex models and AI tools for better understanding functions, integrating measurements, informing interventions, and developing interactive tools for monitoring and personalized support.
  4. Interventions: Designing and implementing tailored interventions for different population groups to improve functioning through modifications in physical activity and sport behaviors.

CIPER aims to enhance interdisciplinary research resources and international collaboration, focusing on:

  1. Expertise in advanced human movement measurement.
  2. Expertise in intervention development and implementation.
  3. Fostering research leadership among younger researchers.
  4. Enhancing funding acquisition capabilities.
  5. Communicating and disseminating scientific information effectively.
  6. Developing PhD programs guided by the Human Kinetics framework.


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