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8th Asia Pacific Conference on Exercise and Sports Science 2017

Keynote Speaker 

Name: Peter Schantz
Position: Professor, Dr
Adress: The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Box 5626, SE-114 86 Stockholm, Sweden
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Peter Schantz, born in April 28, 1954 in Stockholm, Sweden, graduated as doctor in medical sciences at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm in 1986, became associate professor in human movement sciences at the University of Örebro in 2005, professor in human movement sciences at Mid-Sweden University in 2008, and professor in human biology, including the multidisciplinary field of movement, health and environment, at The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, in 2013.

Schantz was recruited as PhD student by his teacher, professor Per-Olof Åstrand, at the Karolinska Institute. He got the basic training as researcher within the field of exercise physiology, primarily studying the adaptation in human skeletal muscle with physical training and detraining. He then gradually expanded his research interests into the multidisciplinary field of physical activity, public health and sustainable development, with focus on different issues related to outdoor life and on physically active transportation in Greater Stockholm, Sweden.

Schantz was involved as expert at the Swedish National Institute of Public Health, (2009-2013), and was advisor for WHO in the development of the WHO Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT) for cycling and walking in 2007, 2010 and 2012.


Physical activity, public health and sustainable development: A new role for physical education and sports


The fields of physical education and sports as well as its teacher and trainer educations have a long tradition of an individually oriented focus. In our times it is important to broaden this to also include a perspective of physical activity (PA) in relation to public health. In taking such a step, different dimensions of factors external to the individual become relevant. For example, the fact that all physical activities require a physical space for their execution leads us to dimensions of physical planning for physical activity, which in turn leads us to the dimension of power and politics at local, regional, and national levels.


Including a public health perspective also prompts a wider analysis of the consequences of behaviors in physical activity. Is it, for example, possible that some aspects of such behavioral practices could be negative in relation to public health? For example, if there is an environmental burden connected to PA behaviors, there may be a negative effect on public health in a local, regional, national, and global perspective.


The presentation will frame issues of physical activity and public health with perspectives from the agenda of sustainable development as originally defined by the UN World Commission on Environment and Development in 1987. It will lead forward to illuminating a new role for physical education in our global society, strengthening the importance of physical education as a subject in the school system. The same perspectives will be applied on sport clubs and sport federations.


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