The Poznan University of Physical Education

The Poznan University of Physical Education, which nurtures future physical education teachers, sports coaches and trainers, physiotherapists, tourism and recreation specialists, is the oldest Sports University in Poland and the third oldest such institution in Europe following Physical Education Chairs in Ghent and Copenhagen. It has its roots in the tradition of the Chair of School Hygiene and Physical Education Theory which was established at newly founded Poznań University in 1919.

The Chair was organised and headed for many years by Professor Eugeniusz Piasecki, the creator of Polish school of thought on physical education. In 1922 the Chair became part of the Poznań University Medical School as the Department of Physical Education, and in 1950 it was transformed into the Higher School of Physical Education.

In 1968 the university gained the right to award doctoral degrees in physical culture sciences and in 1993 it obtained the right to grant habilitation (post-doctoral recognition of excellence in research) in the same field. Since 2013 the Faculty of Physical Education, Sport and Rehabilitation has been authorised to award doctoral degree in health sciences.

The scholars at the University of Physical Education in Poznań combine academic achievements expressed by publications in high-ranking journals with coaching work preparing leading athletes to participate in major sporting events. Throughout its nearly 100 years of history the university has educated many world-class athletes who excelled in their disciplines winning medals at Olympic Games and World Championships.

The university conducts both scientific and implementation research projects and collaborates with numerous international research teams and scientific centres.

The Poznan University of Physical Education is one of the most frequently chosen institutions by students seeking higher education in sports universities in Poland. Currently, nearly four thousand undergraduates are studying in three Faculties with available majors in Physical Education, Sport, Tourism and Recreation, Physiotherapy, Human Nutrition, Neurobiology, Dance in Physical Culture.Additionally, the university offers postgraduate studies, coaching and instructing courses as well as training classes at two levels: general and specialist. The University employs in the region of 520 academic staff.

Anna Nadolska Phd

graduate of the Motor Rehabilitation Faculty of the Poznań University of Physical Education. Working at the Chair of Theory and Methodology of SportDepartment of Adapted Physical Activity. Scientific interests concern the determinants of sports activity of people with intellectual disabilities and psychomotor support of people with developmental disorders in the field of adapted physical activity. Furthermore dealing with the implementation of inclusions through the sport of children and teenagers with intellectual disabilities.

Cooperating with the Special Olympics Poland for 25 years, first, a speed skating coach for 15 years, currently – as the National Clinical Feet Fit Coordinator of the Healthy Athletes Special Olympics Program, supporting the scientific activity of the Special Olympics Regional Research Collaboration Center and participating in research projects carried out during the World and European Special Olympics Summer and Winter Games. In the project, I am responsible for coordinating the research and communication.