The Centre for Human Performance Sciences was formally established by the Stellenbosch University Council in December 2007, as a special entity within the Faculty of Science. The Centre is designed to be a postgraduate, interdisciplinary organisation that systematically increases collaboration, cooperation, synergy and joint ventures within the University as well as with other tertiary, public and private institutions.
To enhance the position of Stellenbosch University as a leader in innovation in scientific study and the translation of knowledge into relevant practices in the field of human performance, focusing on sport, exercise and wellness.
1. To capitalise on the interdisciplinary potential that exists within Stellenbosch University in order to pursue interdisciplinary research, education and community interaction projects.
2. To optimise the interface between the academic resources and expertise of the University in sport, exercise and wellness with Maties Sport.
3. To implement innovative projects that will advance our understanding of how sport, exercise and physical activity can be mobilised to help meet the diverse development needs of Sub-Saharan Africa.
We have identified the following 5 core values to guide all Centre activities, based on our adaptation of the 10 principles described in "High-Performance Ethics" by Wes Cantrell and James R. Lucas (2011).
1. Align with Reality
Respond with innovative solutions in a dynamic academic environment where both physical and human resources shape opportunities to achieve vision & mission fulfillment.
2. Do First Things Only
Maintain constant focus only on those activities that align closely with the Centre’s vision & mission in order to optimize the efficient and effective investment of time, effort and resources.
3. Spread the Wealth
Find ways to establish win-win relationships with colleagues, other institutional entities, partners and clients that will ensure mutually beneficial outcomes from all activities.
4. Commit to Authentic Relationships
Develop academic, professional and personal networks that are founded on a shared passion for producing value in a climate of mutual respect, inclusivity and transparency.
5. Strive for Truth
Actively pursue translational research and implement evidence-based practices as part of a broader commitment to seek accuracy, candor and honesty in all relationships with colleagues, partners and clients.
OUR RESEARCH ASSOCIATES
THE FOLLOWING RESEARCHERS CONTRIBUTE TO THE ACADEMIC PRODUCTIVITY OF THE CENTRE:
DR. PIERRE VIVIERS (SPORTS MEDICINE)
DR. JO-ANNE KIRBY (SPORTS MEDICINE)
DR. GLEN HAGEMAN (SPORTS MEDICINE)
DR. MICHELE VAN ROOYEN (GAME ANALYSIS)
PROF. MAUREEN WEISS (SPORT AND EXERCISE PSYCOLOGY - UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, USA)
DR. PAUL RYAN (SPORT MANAGEMENT - NEWCOMB UNIVERSITY, UK)