Advance and Innovation

The Department encompasses 3 major fields in sports medicine, including sports injury prevention, physical fitness, and sports sciences.

We focus on the exercise prescriptions for management of chronic diseases, promotion of physical fitness in the elderly and women in community, prevention and management in sport injuries as well as certain orthopedic disorders, and also the research in sports medicine of our specialties. Through the clinical and practical training, re-enforced with solid knowledge in medical sciences and sport science research, we can offer complete, extensive, and multifaceted education and training for our students. This would the major strong point of ours that distinguishes us from other performance and physical fitness-based departments. 

The life style of us has been changed with the progress of medical sciences and technology. The government has been promoting the concept of healthy life style and encouraging people to exercise regularly to enhance physical fitness and daily life quality. Accordingly, our Department has offered a series of programs for the promotion of regular exercise, which include physical fitness assessment station, especially for the elderly and women. The students of our Department are all able to use the knowledge of sport medicine, together with the data of physical fitness test results, to prescribe individual personalized exercise prescription for the purposes of exercise therapy, sport injury prevention and management, health promotion, and establishment of a healthy life style.

Previous studies revealed that post-menopause syndromes are commonly observed in middle-aged female population, including cardiovascular disorders and anxiety or depression. The peripheral arterial diseases would interfere with the normal cardiovascular function during exercise and also would increase the incidence of other cardiovascular diseases in post-menopause women. The menopause age for women in Taiwan is about 48-50. However, with the increase in the life expectancy, the management of health of women after menopause would become an important issue. Therefore, the research of the Department also is focused on the relationship between measurements of certain physiological or physical parameters and the specific post-menopause syndromes, as well as the differences between different modes or behavior of exercise.

Motivation of choosing an exercise is one of important factors in promoting a healthy recreational life. With the wide prevalence of internet, the massive data platform can offer health information allowing people who have the interest in recreational exercise to incorporate healthy exercises into their leisure travelling journey and make the trip more meaningful. People are getting used to search on the internet for information, such as for shopping, dining, financial tips, or news. Apparently the internet has become one of the media for the satisfaction of one’s needs. Thus, many of regional touring centers have included exercise data into the information of their menu of special local foods or cuisine, pamphlets of attractions sites and websites, such as the calories burn for a specific trail, or total calories in a portion of food, so that the visitors/tourists could design or plan their trip with an extra touch of health promotion.

Low energy laser has been a tool for pain management in sport injury rehabilitation. The Department also involves in the research on this instrumental therapy in orthopedic disorders in sport injuries, such as in tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, or myofascial pain syndrome.

Many of the above mentioned studies of the Department have been published in the international journals. Inter-institute collaborating projects have been carried out. We also encourage the undergraduate students to involve in the research projects. With all these we are expecting to improve the quality and volume of the research of the Department on both the basic and the applied sport medicine.