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Institute for Sports Research

About the Institute


To be the research institute of choice for sport and corporate clients in the province, the country, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region and on the African continent.



To deliver excellent biokinetic, exercise science and sports science services to developing and elite athletes, provincial and national sports federations, other sports structures, as well as the corporate sector through coordinated, specialised, multi-disciplinary research, real-world practical academic training, high quality commercial sports and rehabilitation services and community outreach.



The Institute for Sports Research was established in 1979. The Minister of Sport of the time, said in his message that the establishment of the “Institute for Sports Research” (ISR) – the first of its kind in South Africa - in the Department of Physical Education at the University of Pretoria reflected exceptional initiative and vision. For self-preservation the SA Sporting Community would have to depend on knowledgeable and inspirational leadership and that sport should be accessible to the masses to ensure a healthy balance between selected- and mass participation.  He urged national sporting bodies to support the ISR and furthermore encouraged the establishment of more institutes.