KUCHING: Participants of the Sukma International Sports Science and second Malaysian Sports Psychology Conference (SISSMSPC) 2016 at Imperial Hotel Kuching from May 10 to 12 are told to collaborate in enhancing sport science and sport psychology in sports, physical activities and health.
The three-day conference saw the collaborative effort between local and foreign practitioners or academicians share their findings and ideas on sports science and sport psychology.
The conference aimed to encourage the sharing of knowledge, research findings and practical experiences in various areas of sports science and sports psychology.
It also plans to expose local academicians to the latest developments in applied sports science and sports psychology and how these developments may be used in local context.
Foreign keynote speakers and invited speakers from China, England, Australia, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore and local speakers from Malaysia converged to share their ideas, research findings and practices with each other on the topic of athlete’s well being.
SISSMSPC 2016 advisor and institute of Teachers Education Tun Abdul Razak campus director Hamsiah Abdullah Masni said sports was one of the best platforms for developing fit, competitive and confident human capital for a nation’s future.
“As we enter even further into the new millennium with its technological advances, we need to constantly be updated on the developments in our respective areas and in turn contribute to the pool of knowledge by actively propagating our research finding,” she said during her opening speech at event.
She said it was necessary to equip trainees not only with practical or physical skills but also the relevant principles and theories in sports science and sports psychology.
“We hope that SISSMSPC 2016 will be a platform for local and foreign practitioners in sports science and sports psychology to build collaborative networks for cooperation and knowledge sharing,
“I hope that some of the research presented in this conference would eventually be published in the form of articles in leading academic journals at international level,” said Hamsiah.
Meanwhile Deputy State Secretary Datuk Misnu Taha, who represented the Chief Minister at the function, said the field of sports science and sports psychology may sound similar and in practicality, there may be many overlapping aspects in application.
“Sports science focuses the physical performance of sportsmen and sportswomen, whereas sports psychology is concerned with intangible things that lie underneath their performance. Both are needed to ensure optimum performance from athletes,” he said.
Taha said sports science studies what athletes eat, how they train and what they do with their bodies to achieve that perfect score while sports psychology studies the mindsets and emotional stability of the athletes.
“This conference acknowledges both the extrinsic and intrinsic aspects through its dual focus on both Sports Science and Sports Psychology.