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Overview

The Centre for Biokinetics, Recreation and Sport Science is the youngest establishment in the School of Health Sciences, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa. The Centre was established in 2002 and started functioning in 2003. The Centre has a unique advantage as the only place that offers academic and professional degree qualifications in Biokinetics, Recreation and Leisure Studies and Sport Science beyond Pretoria to the northern boarders of South Africa and in Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces. Since its inception and apart from the academic responsibilities, the Centre has been engaged in researches, community services and outreach programmes/projects, organising workshops and seminars, assisted in assessing national and provincial athletes for various levels of competitions, conduct clinic for health promotion and wellness and fitness assessment as well as promote the broader intellectually and culturally enriching roles of university education.

The Centre in addition to the three qualifications also offers Certificate in Sport Coaching and Certificate in Sport Management. In line with the University mandate to convert to Comprehensive University, the Centre has developed one professional, career-focused programme – the one-year Advanced Diploma in Sport Management. The programme is ear-marked to commence as from the 2014 academic year. During the next 5-year plan, the Centre plans to offer the Master’s degree in Biokinetics, Recreation and Master’s degree in Sport Science.

The Centre graduated its first cohort of graduates in 2007 for students who completed their training in 2006. The student enrolment has progressively increased since 2003. The present student enrolment stands at 208. The Centre is well equipped with a functional Biokinetic and Sport Science laboratory and equipment for training in Recreation and Leisure Studies. The Centre boasts of excellent records of success, throughput and graduation rates. The introduction of the Problem-Based Learning methodology, integrated with Community-Based Learning has further added impetus to the academic performance and success of the students. The Biokinetic programme is accredited by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as well as overseen by the Biokinetic Association of South Africa (BASA).

Post graduate and Diplomas

  • BSc Biokinetics - 4 years
  • BSc recreation and Leisure studies - 4 years
  • Bsc Sports Science - 4years

Level 1

Module Code
Module Description
KOP 1842 Orientation PBL
KFH 1842 Orientation PBL
KOE 1843 Outdoor Education
KSS 1844 Sports Skills Fundamentals
KPC 1845 Physical Conditioning
KNS 1846 Nutrition for Sports and Exercise

LEVEL 2: Biokinetics/Sport Science)

Module Code
Module Description
KNS 2841 Neuromuscular and skeletal systems in Sport & Exercise
KCS 2847 Cardio-respiratory systems in Exercise & Physical Activity
KAM 2842 Adapted Movement
KEP 2844 Exercise and Physical Activity for diverse populations
KTR 2845 Therapeutic Recreation
KML 2846 Motor Learning

LEVEL 3: Recreation and Leisure Studies

Module Code
Module Description
KAL 3842 Adventure Leadership
KTR 3842 Therapeutic Recreation
KRL 3843 Recreation & Leisure Activities
KRM 3844 Research Methods
KCR 3845 Commercial Recreation
KRD 3846 Recreation Delivery
KLW 3847 Leisure, Wellness & Education
  Competency Exam

LEVEL 3: Biokinetics/Sport Science

Module Code
Module Description
KKB 3841 Knowledge Bases of Sport and Exercise Science
KBP 3841 Biokinetic Practice and Profession
KEP 3842 Exercise (Applied) Physiology
KAE 3843 Assessment & Evaluation Techniques
KAB 3844 Applied Kinesiology & Biomechanics
KRM 3845 Research Methods and Biostatistics
KSM 3846 Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation
  Competency Exam

LEVEL 4: Recreation and Leisure Studies

Module Code
Module Description
KCE 4841 Clinical Exercise Physiology & Orthopaedic Rehabilitation
KSB 4842 Seminar in Biokinetics
KBP 4843 Research Project: Data Collection and Analysis
KBP 4844 Biokinetic Practicum
KES 4845 Exercise & Sport Psychology

LEVEL 4: Sport Science

Module Code
Module Description
KSE 4841 Kinanthropometry in sport
KSE 4842 Seminar in Exercise & Sport Science
KEP 4844 Exercise & Sort Science Practicum
KES 4845 Exercise and Sport Psychology

Departmental Publications

The following is a list of journals and publications done by staff members of the centre:

Goon, D.T., Toriola, A.L. & Musa, D.I. (2011). Body weight disorders among female primary schools teachers in Makurdi, Nigeria. Gazetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche, 170(1): 41-45.

Makaza, D., Amusa, L.O., Goon, D.T., Gundani, M.P., Mugandani, S.C. & Toriola, A.L. (2011). Body composition and somatotype of male Zimbabwean league basketball players. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, 17(1): 81-95.

Amusa L.O., Goon, D.T. & Agbonjinmi, A.P. (2011). Correlates of leg and abdominal fitness in female students. Medicina Dello Sport (Italy) 64(1): 1-8.

Goon, D.T., Toriola, A.L., Shaw, B.S. & Akinyemi, O. (2011). Can waist circumference be estimated from BMI in Nigerian children? Gazetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche, 170(4): 225-228.

Amusa, L.O. & Goon, D.T. (2011). Blood pressure among overweight aged 7-13 years in 10 rural communities in South Africa: The Tshannda Longitudinal Study. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 27(3): 664-667.

Goon, D.T., Toriola A.L., Musa, D.I. & Akusu, S. (2011). The relationship between arm span measurement and stature in Nigerian adults. Kinesiology, 43(1), 38-43.

Goon, D.T., Toriola, A.L., Shaw, B.S. & Akinyemi, O. (2011). Estimating waist circumference from BMI in South African children. Scientific Research and Essays, 6(15): 3104-3108.

Abaver, D.T., Nwobegahay, J.M., Goon, D.T., Iweriebor, B.C. & Anye, D.N. (2011) Prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections among HIV/AIDS patients from two health institutions in Abuja, Nigeria. African Health Sciences, 11(S1): S24-S27.

Amusa L.O., Goon, D.T. & A. K. Amey (2011). Body composition of South African rural school children aged 7-13 years: the Tshannda Longitudinal study. Minerva Pediatrica, 63(4): 263--270.

Goon, D.T., Toriola, A.L. Shaw, B.S., & Amusa L.O. (2011). Centripetal fat patterning in South African children. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences 27(4): 832-836.

Nambaka, J.E., Kamau, J., Amusa, L.O., Goon, D.T. & Mwisukha, A. (2011). Factors influencing participation in physical exercises by the elderly in Eldoret West District, Kenya. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, 17(3): 462-472.

Amusa L.O., Goon, D.T., Amey, A.K. & Toriola, A.L. (2011). Health-related physical fitness among rural primary school children in Tshannda, South Africa. Scientific Research and Essays, 6(22): 4665-4680.

Goon, D.T., Toriola, A.L. & Shaw, B.S. Amusa L.O., Akinyemi, O., Monyeki, M. A. & Alabi O. (2011). Anthropometrically determined nutritional status of urban primary schoolchildren in Makurdi, Nigeria. BMC Public Health, 11:769.

Amusa, L.O., Goon, D.T., Adeniran, S.A. & Mbhenyane, X.G. (2011). Does obesity occur in African children in a rural community? African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, September (Supplement 2:1): 212-221.

Goon, D.T., Toriola, A.L., Shaw, B.S., Amusa, L.O., Shaw, I. & Netshikweta, M.L. (2011). Prevalence of overweight and obesity among primary school children in Pretoria, South Africa. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, September (Supplement 2:1): 222-245.

Goon, D.T., Toriola, A.L., Shaw, B.S., Amusa, L.O. & Shaw, I. (2011). Body fat ratios in urban South African children. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, September (Supplement 2:1): 246-257.

Amusa, L.O., Goon, D.T., Akinyemi, O. & Mohlala, M. (2011). Estimating stature from arm span measurement in South African children. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, September (Supplement 2:2): 17-29.

Amusa, L.O., Goon, D.T. & Amey, A.K. (2011). Somatotype in 7-13-year-old South African rural school children. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, September (Supplement 2:2): 30-41.

Amusa, L.O. & Goon, D.T. (2011). Towards a social philosophy of achievement in sport. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, September (Supplement 2:2): 42-50.

Shaw, I., Shaw, B.S., Goon, D.T. & Erasmus, S. (2011). Total and abdominal adiposity changes in response to upper body resistance training. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, September (Supplement 2:2): 51-59.

Amusa, L.O., Goon, D.T. & Akinyemi, O. (2011). Hand grip strength of Tshannda rural school children, South Africa. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, September (Supplement 2:2): 60-69.

Toriola, A.L., Moselakggomo, V.K., Shaw, B.S., Goon, D.T. & Amusa, L.O. (2011). Musculoskeletal fitness in rural South African adolescent children. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, September (Supplement 2:2): 70-80.

Amusa, L.O., Goon, D.T., Adeniran, S.A., Ndaba, L.K., Mohlala, M. & Mbadamana, S.A.J. (2011). Anthropometric, tissue characteristics and performance profile of a South African paralympic female wheel-chair tennis player- A case study. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, September (Supplement 2:2): 81-88.

Amusa, L.O., Goon, D.T., Adeniran, S.A., Ndaba, L.K., Mohlala, M. & Mbadamana, S.A.J. (2011). Anthropometric, tissue characteristics and performance profile of a South African paralympic male wheel-chair tennis player- A case study. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, September (Supplement 2:2): 89-96.

Toriola, A.L., Moselakggomo, V.K., Shaw, B.S., Goon, D.T. & Amusa, L.O. (2011). Children’s perceptions about physical education in South African schools. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, September (Supplement 2:2): 126-137.

Amusa, L.O., Makaza, D., Goon, D.T., Mc Callum, 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.

Goon, D.T., Toriola A.L., Uever, J., Wuam, S. & O.M. Toriola (2011). Prevalence of body weight disorders among adolescent school girls in Wannune, Tarka, Nigeria. Minerva Pediatrica, 63(6): 467-471.

Shaw, B.S., Shaw, I. & Goon, D.T. (2011). Resistance training and blood lipid regulation: A review of the evidence. Medicina Dello Sport, 64 (4): 511-521

Amusa, L.O., Goon, D.T., Akinyemi, O. & Toriola, A.L. (2011). Gender difference in anthropometric variability of South African rural children. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, 17(4:1): 720-728.

Nambaka, J.E., Kamau, J., Amusa, L.O., Goon, D.T. & Mwisukha, A. (2011). Measures for enhancing the participation in physical exercises by the elderly in Eldoret West District, Kenya. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, 17(4:2): 805-812.


Edignton, C. R, Chin, Ming-Kai, Amusa, L.O. & Toriola, A.L. (2012). Health and Physical Education: A New Global Statement of Consensus; Perspectives from South Africa. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, 18(2), 434-441.

Amusa, L.O. & Toriola, A.L. (2012). Professionalisation Africa. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, 18(3), 628-642.

Amusa, L.O., Toriola, A.L. & Goon, D.T. (2012). Youth, Physical activity and leisure education: Need for a paradigm shift. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, 18(4:2), 935-959.

Rintangu, E.G., Mwisukha, A. & Amusa, L.O. (2012). Socio-demographic correlates of alcohol consumption among university athletes. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, 18(4:2), 939-954.

Gouthon, P., Falola, J.M., Falolo, S.M., M.M. Lawaning., Agboton, H.A., Tonou, B.A., Amusa, L.O. & Toriola, A.L. (2012). Non-hemodynamic predictors of blood pressure in recreational sports practitioners in Cotonou, Benin Republic. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, 18(1), 98-110.

Mohlala, M., Monyeki, M.A., Strydom, G.L. & Amusa, L.O. (2012). Leisure-time physical activity and some health parameters status among executive employees in selected African countries. South African Journal of Sports Medicine, 24(3), 98-99.

Fouries, M., Gilden huys, G.M., Shaw, I., Shaw, B.S., Toriola, A.L. & Goon, D.T. (2012). Effects of a Pilates programme on muscular strength and endurance in elderly woman. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, 18(2), 296-304.

Goon, D.T., Toriola, A.L. & Shaw, B.S. (2012). Using receiver operating characteristics (ROC) curve analysis in detecting excess adiposity in 9-13 year old South African children. West Indian Medical Journal, 61(7), 670-673.

Toriola, A.L., Moselakogomo, V.K., Shaw, B.S., Goon, D.T. & Akinyemi, O. (2012). Aerobic fitness of South African school children. Medicine Dello Sport, 65(4), 459-471.

Goon, D.T. (2012). Are rural South African children abdominally obese? Journal of obesity and weight loss Therapy, 2(9), 35 http://dx.doc.org//.4172/2165-7904.SI.002.

Goon, D.T. Toriola, A.L, & Akusu S.W. (2012). Diurnal variation in stature in Nigerian children. Scientific Research and Essays, 7(4): 437-440.

Makaza, D., Amusa, L.O., Goon, D.T., Tapera, E.M. & Gundani, M.P. (2012). Body composition and somatotype profile of male Zimbabwean junior soccer players. Medicina Dello Sport, 65(1): 63-74.

Goon, D.T., Toriola, A.L. & Shaw, B.S. (2012). Stature and body mass of Nigerian children aged 9-12 years. Minerva Pediatrica, 64(3): 325-331.

Toriola, A.L., Moselakgomo, V.K., Shaw, B.S., & Goon, D.T. (2012). Prevalence of overweight, obesity and underweight in rural black African children. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 25(2): 57-61.

Abaver, D.T., Nwobegahay, J.M., Goon, D.T., Iweriebor, B.C. & LB Khoza (2012). Enteric parasitic infections in HIV-infected patients with low CD4 counts in Toto, Nigeria. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 28(4): 630-633.

Makaza, D., Amusa, L.O., Goon, D.T., Gundani, M.P. & Mugandani, S.C. (2012). Physical and physiological characteristics of male Zimbabwean league basketball players. Medicina Dello Sport, 65(2): 199-210.

Partnerships, Linkages and International Relations
(i) Research collaborations with:
• Kenyatta University, Department of sport Science and recreation Management.
• University of Nairobi, Department of Physical Education (Two publications have emerged from the collaboration)
• North-West University , school of Biokinetics, Recreation and Sport Science
- Joint supervision of Masters Dissertation and PhD Thesis/staff development
- Joint research and presentation at conferences
- Teaching assistantship
• Tshwane University of Technology, Department of Sport, Rehabilitation and Dental Sciences:
- Joint research collaboration
- Teaching assistantship
- External examination
(ii) Partnerships and Linkages with:
• The SANDF
- Regarding sites for training student biokineticists
- Availability of clinical health facilities
- Practical training of students/supervision and guidance
- Access to the lecturers of the institution
- Issues of indemnity
The MoA/MoU is at the final stage
• The University of Ibadan, Nigeria, regarding:
- Research (including co-supervision of postgraduate studies)
- Student and staff exchange
- Cultural exchange
- Sport
- External examination

The following is a list of staff members in the Centre for Biokinetics, Recreation and Sport Science:

Designation Name and Qualification Contact
Professor

Prof. L.O. Amusa

BSc (PHE)(Hons)(Nsukka), MPE (PE & Sport Managementt)(Springfield College), Ed.M. (Exs Physiology)(Culumbia), DPE (Exs Physiology) (Springfield College), PFSC, APFSC, FNASSM

Tel. 015 962 8076
Email: loamusa@univen.ac.za
Senior Lecturer

Dr D.T. Goon

B.Sc.(Ed.) (Bayero University Kano), M.Tech (Exercise and Sport Technology), D.Tech(Clinical Technology) (Tshwane University of Technology)

Tel. 015 9628657
Email: daniel.goon@univen.ac.za
Junior Lecturer

Mr M.E. Mamabolo

BA (Hons) in Kinesiology and Physical Education
University of Limpopo

Tel. 015 9628660
Email. medupi.mamabolo@univen.ac.za
Junior Lecturer

Ms M. Mohlala

BSc Biokinetics (Univen)

Tel. 015 9628150
Email: meriam.mohlala@univen.ac.za
Junior Lecturer

Mr K. Lekgothoane

BSc (Recreation & Leisure Studies) (Univen)

Tel. 015 9628660
Khuts.lekgothoane@univen.ac.za
Junior Lecturer

Ms K. Matshovhana

BSc ( Recreation and Leisure Studies) (Univen)

Tel. 015 9628150
Email:
khuliso.matshovhana@univen.ac.za
Junior Lecturer

Mr N.P. Mugwedi

BSc (Recreation and Leisure Studies) (Univen)

Tel. 015 962 8651
Email: Ndiafhi.mugwedi@univen.ac.za
Junior Lecturer

Mr T.C. Muluvhu

BSc Biokinetics (Univen)

Tel. 015 9628659
Email: takalani.clearance@univen.ac.za
CONTRACT STAFF MEMBERS
Professor

Prof. G.L. Strydom

D.Phil (Biokinetics)

Cell No. 0829026686
Professor

Prof. A.L. Toriola

PhD (Exercise Physiology)

Cell No.082 9745836
Part-Time Lecturer

Dr F. C Anyanwu

MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery)

Cell No. 0710952820
Part-Time Lecturer

Ms E. Bruwer

MSc (Biokinetics)

Cell No. 082 4102027
PART TIME LECTURER
Part-Time Junior Lecturer

Mr M. Sakala

BSc Recreation and Leisure Studies (Univen)

Cell No. 0722355908
Part-Time Junior Lecturer

Mr S. Mamatsharaga

BSC Recreation and Leisure Studies (Univen)

Cell No. 0729792140
Part-Time Junior Lecturer

Ms Baloyi J.S.

BSc Recreation and Leisure Studies (Univen)

Cell No. 0767174883
Part-Time Junior Lecturer

Ms Madzaga T.

BSc Biokinetics (Univen)

Cell No. 0835157022