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Sports Science and Coaching

Sports Science contributes significantly to the enhancement of sports performance and holistic development of people.Sport, whether at a recreational, competitive or administrative level, provides a significant learning experience promoting awareness of a healthy life-style, fostering leadership and organizational skills, building positive character traits and creating opportunities to excel.The development of sport in Zimbabwe should be informed by a clear commitment to transforming sport at all levels and in all sporting disciplines through a scientific approach. A comprehensive sport sciences service needs to be backed up by an effective broad-based participation programme that should have close ties with the community in which it operates. This is bound to promote capacity building and the empowerment of sports people and bodies throughout Zimbabwe.The BSc (Hons) in Sports Science and Coaching Undergraduate is offered. The programme is designed to provide students with in depth knowledge and understanding of Sport and Exercise Sciences.The department offers opportunities for study and research in various sporting disciplines and the disciplinary sciences which form the basis for training methods, training management, coaching strategies and performance improvement 

Vision

The department of Sports Science and Coaching envisions becoming a centre of excellence in the delivery of innovative education, training, service and research that is appropriate to the needs of Zimbabwe and the whole world. 

Mission

The department of Sports Science and Coaching aims to produce innovative and enterprising graduates with appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes to adequately contribute to both general and elite sporting needs of the country.In addition the department’s programmes are designed to enhance the lifelong learning skills of the learner for continuous research and development integrating existing and emerging technologies. 

Objectives

To provide a high level of intellectual challenge through the study of biomechanical, physiological, psychological;sports and exercise applications and research dimensions of sport and exercise sciences.

  • To apply scientific methods and techniques to the study of sport and exercise sciences.
  • To equip students to work independently and as part of a team to examine theoretical and practical issues in sport and exercise sciences.
  • To help the student critically evaluate coaching and training requirements in relation to exercise and human performance
  • To prepare graduates to undertake, lead and develop sport and exercise sciences and related areas.
  • To promote the advancement of teaching and research in sports within the academic environment and the sporting industry
  • To promote the growth and the application of the highest quality research and professional application of sports science in health promotion, disease prevention, rehabilitation and sports fitness training.
  • To promote the exchange of scientific information between the department other institutions and organizations with an interest in sports.
  • To be a dynamic and action- oriented institution for solutions related to sports science and coaching.
Potential Future Niche Areas
  • Inter-university collaboration in teaching and research.
  • Development of an Institute of Sport Science to service and enhance Sports Science in Zimbabwe.
  • Consultation in the Development of Sport and Recreation Education Centres.
  • The scientific testing of national athletes
  • The development of Sport Management Manuals for sport organizations.
  • The development of sport based subjects at Primary schools, Secondary schools and other interested tertiary institutions.
  • Presentation of short courses through the Centre of Continuing Education.
  • Offer Block Release Degree Programmes
Career Opportunities

Graduates from this programme are equipped to provide leadership and expertise in sport and exercise, and related areas.NUST is the only University pioneering Sports Science degree programmes in Zimbabwe so graduates should expect both challenges and an abundance of unexplored opportunities.Experience in other countries shows potential areas for employment opportunities include:

  • Sports Science consultants with National Sports Agencies.
  • Sports Science advisors with policy making boards in the areas pertaining to health, exercise and fitness
  • Development officers/coaches/administrators with national sports agencies.
Sport and exercise research and development

Health and fitness advisors, including fitness testing, exercise prescription, fitness consulting, exercise rehabilitation for specific populations, management of sport and fitness centres and corporate fitness programmesLeisure, recreation and tourism based on sport and exercise activities,Sport journalism and Radio/TV sport product,Research and marketing with sport and exercise manufacturing and other commercial industries (e.g.equipment, clothing, footwear, food, drink etc).

College and University teaching and research

Some find employment in areas outside those of sport and exercise. Employers recognise that having undergone a rigorous intellectual training, such graduates have abilities, knowledge and skills, which can be applied in a variety of other fields.

Departmental Staff

  • Name:Mrs Sipho Helen Rutsate
  • Designation:Lecturer/Chairperson
  • Qualifications:-MSc in Adapted Physical Activity, Katholieke Univesitiet, Leuven, Belgium,MSc Sports Science and Coaching, NUST, ZIM/NSA, Bulgaria-BA (Human Movement Studies), Rhodes University, Grahamstown, RSA.-Post Graduate Dip Human Nutrition & Functional Foods, Gent University, Belgium-ISAK Level 3PhD Student, Kenyatta University, Kenya
  • Courses Taught: SSC1108 – Principles of Human Physiology SSC1213, SSC2113, SSC2213, SSC4113, SSC4213 – Sports Speciality Module Swimming ,SSC1220 – Functional Anatomy,SSC2206 – Exercise Physiology and Biochemistry
  • Research Interest: Overweight & Obesity,Physical Activity,Nutrition & Health, Swimming, Rehabilitation & Adapted Physical Activity
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  • Name:Mr Bernard Njekeya 
  • Designation :Lecturer
  • Qualifications: MSc Sports Science and Coaching, NUST, ZIM/NSA, Bulgaria Licenciate (BSc Education Honours in Geography), Havana, Cuba ,Certificate in IT (Israel) PhD Student at Kenyatta University.
  • Research Interest :Biomechanics,Sports Tourism , Weight Abnormalities, Karate, Theory of Sports Training, Sports Science
  • Publications: 2 publications in Sports Science Journals and Physical Education
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  • Name: Mr Morgan Patrick Dube Gundani
  • Designation: Lecturer
  • Qualifications: -MSc Sports Science and Coaching, NUST, ZIM/NSA, Bulgaria-B Tech Education Management Tshwane University of Technologies,FETD Masvingo , PhD Student NUST
  • Research Interests: Biomechanics, Sport Heritage Studie, Physical Education
  • Publications: 7 Publications in different Sports Journals
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  • Name: Mr Bhekuzulu Khumalo 
  • Designation: Lecturer
  • Qualifications:-MSc in Adapted Physical Activity, Univesitiet, Leuven, Belgium, BSc Physical Education and Sport, Certificate in Education, University of Zimbabwe, PhD Student, University of KwaZulu Natal
  • Research Interest:-Adapted Physical Activity, Paralympic Sports ,Exercise Physiology
  • Publications: 3 Publications
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  • Name: Mr Daga Makaza 
  • Desination : Lecturer
  • Qualifications: -MPhil in Sports Science and Coaching, NUST, Zim, Bachelor in Education Biology, UZ, Zim,BSc Physical Education and Sport, ZOU, Zim, ISAK 3, PhD student – University of KwaZulu Natal
  • Research Interests: Kinanthropomentry, ICT Pedagogy, Children Nutrition and Physical Activity

Publications:

  1. M.P.D Gundani, D. Makaza, L. O. Amusa, S.C. Mugandani, M. Kanji & E. M. Tapera. Mngqwayi: A stick throwing game of the Kalanga people of Zimbabwe. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance. Volume 14 No Dec 2008 Available : http://www.ajol.info
  2. M.P.D Gundani, D. Makaza, L. O. Amusa,. E. M. TaperaMugandani&. M. Banda. Nyunga : A Clay Figurine Game of the Kalanga People of Zimbabwe. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance. Volume 16 No3 September 2010 Available : http://www.ajol.info
  3. Chitanana, L., Makaza, D., &Madzima, K. (2008, July 
  4. The current state of e-learning at universities in Zimbabwe: Opportunities and challenges. International Journal of Education and Development using ICT [Online], 4(2). Available: http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/viewarticle.php?id=450
  5. DagaMakaza,Lateef O. Amusa, Daniel T. Goon, Morgan P. Gundani, Sam. C. Mugandani .Body Composition and Somatotype of Male Zimbabwean League Basketball Players. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance (AJPHERD)Vol. 17, No. 1 (March) 2011, pp. 81-95. Available : http://www.ajol.info
  6. Amusa, L.O., Makaza, D., Goon, D.T., McCallum, A. &Ndaba, L.K. (2011). Integrating Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to enhance Problem Based Learning. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, September (Supplement 2:2): 138-147.
  7. DagaMakaza, Lateef O. Amusa, Daniel T. Goon, Morgan P. Gundani, Sam. C. Mugandani. Physical and Physiological Performance Characteristics of Male League Zimbabwean Basketball Players. Medicinadello Sport 2012 June;65(2):199-210. Available: http://www.minervamedica.it/en/search.php
  8. DagaMakaza, EberhardTapera, Morgan P Gundani, Daniel Goon, L.O. Amusa,. Body Composition and Somatotype of Male Zimbabwean Junior Soccer Players. Medicinadello Sport 2012 March;65(1):63-74. Available: http://www.minervamedica.it/en/journals/medicina-dello-sport/article.php?cod=R26Y2012N01A0063
  9. D. Makaza, P. Makoni, E.M. Tapera, L. Charumbira, M.P.D. Gundani, B. Khumalo.Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Survey: Olympism in Zimbabwe. Report to the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee. July 2012 (Principal Investigator)

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  • Name : Mr Eberhard Munetsi Tapera
  • Designation: Lecturer
  • Qualifications : MPhil in Sports Science and Coaching, NUST, Zim., Bachelor of Physical Education, UZ, Zim 
  • Research Interests: Physical Education, Sports Biomechanics, Sports Injuries, Sports Pedagogy

Publications :

  1. Tapera, E.M., Amusa, L.O., Gundani, M.P.D., Makaza, D. and Goon D.T.2011. Release parameters of the basketball jump shot among elite Zimbabwe league basketball players. Published in the Proceedings of the 9th Biennial Conference for African Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance (AFAHPER-SD) in 2011. Available online at http://www.kyu.ac.ug/index.php/sports/biennial-conference-afahper-sd.
  2. Gundani M.P.D, Makaza D., Tapera E.M, Amusa L.O.& Banda M. Nyunga: a clay figurine traditional game of the Kalanga ethnic group of Zimbabwe.
  3. Published in the Proceedings of the 9th Biennial Conference for African Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance (AFAHPER-SD) in 2011. Available online at http://www.kyu.ac.ug/index.php/sports/biennial-conference-afahper-sd.
  4. Tapera, E.M., Amusa, L.O., Gundani, M.P.D., and Goon D.T. Release parameters across jump shot jumps shot success among Zimbabwe league basketball players. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance (AJPHERD) Volume 20(3:1), September 2014, pp. 928-938.
  5. Tapera, E.M., Amusa, L.O., Gundani, M.P.D., Makaza, D & Goon D.T. Release parameters across player position in elite male Zimbabwe basketball players. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, 20(1), 145-152.
  6. Makaza D. 1, Amusa L.O. 2, Goon D.T. 2, Tapera E.M. 1, Gundani M.P .Body composition and somatotype profile of male Zimbabwean junior soccer players. Medicina dello Sport 2012 March; 65(1):63-74.
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  • Name:Tholumusa Favoured Mlalazi
  • Designation: Staff Development Fellow
  • Qualifications :Licenciate BSc Honours in Physical Education and Sport, International School of Physical Education and Sports (EIEFD), Cuba.
  • Research Interest: - Injury Management in Physical Activity, Technology in Physical Education and Health, Kinanthropomentry and Nutrition for Health and Performance,Contemporary Issues in Sport and Exercise
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  • Name:Mr Joseph Siyakhuluma Sibindi 
  • Designation:Teaching Assistant
  • Qualifications:-BSc (Hons) Sports Science and Coaching, NUST, Zim, CAF A, B and C International Soccer Coaching Course, Dip in Education
  • Research Interest :Talent Identification in Soccer , Psychological 
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  • Name: Mr Mxolisi Ndlovu
  • Designation:Lecturer
  • Qualifications:-MSc Sport and Exercise Science (Teesside University, UK), PGCE (PE), Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
  • Research Interests:-Talent Identification in Soccer,Psychological,Coaching,Imagery,Practice Structure,Physical Education,Observational Learning
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  • Name: Miss Khanyile Dlamini
  • Designation:Demonstrator
  • Qualifications:-BSc Honours Degree in Sports Science and Coaching, NUST, Zim,Dip in Education
  • Research Interests:
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  • Name: Mrs Netsai Phiri
  • Designation: Senior Secretary
  • Qualifications: -Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree in Management, NUST, Zim,Dip in Management, NUST,Dip in Secretarial Studies.
  • Research Interests:
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  • Name: Mr Morris Banda
  • Designation:Technician
  • Qualifications: BSc Honours Degree in Sports Science and Coaching, NUST, Zim,BSc Physical Education and Sport, ZOU
  • Research Interests:
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