Science & Research

HPALS RESEARCH CENTRE

The University of Cape Town’s Health through Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Sport (HPALS) Research Centre leads all scientific research conducted at the Sports Science Institute of SA. Within HPALS, UCT’s Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (ESSM) trains postgraduate students in Biokinetics, Exercise Science and Sport and Exercise Medicine.

Meet The Team

STUDY BIOKINETICS, EXERCISE SCIENCE AND SPORT & EXERCISE MEDICINE

Students at ESSM are enrolled in postgraduate (Honours, Masters or PhD) degrees in Biokinetics, Exercise Science, Sport and Exercise Medicine and other Biological Sciences. In addition, the staff at ESSM also teach on the Medicine, Sports Physiotherapy, Sports Management and Physiology courses offered by the University of Cape Town.

HOW OUR RESEARCH IMPACTS YOU

The HPALS Research Centre seeks to optimize human performance and to promote health and well-being, addressing the growing pandemics of obesity and inactivity, reducing the burden of disease and injury, through physical activity and sports participation.

Specifically, the objectives of our research agenda are to:

  • improve health and well-being
  • reduce the risk of injury
  • address the barriers to participation in physical activity
  • optimise human movement and sporting performance

UCT ESSM student, Sharon shares her experience and why she loves her field of study