Message From the President

President Yasutaka Iwagami


Yasutaka Iwagami

After graduating from the Faculty of Physical Education at the Tokyo University of Education (now Tsukuba University), President Iwagami worked for Gunma Prefecture as a teacher and as a member of its board of education before being appointed to the Physical Education Bureau at the Ministry of Education (now MEXT) as a specialist. He then went on to hold positions such as Head of the Health and Physical Education Division at the Wakayama Prefectural Board of Education, Head of the Competitive Sports Division at the Ministry of Education's Physical Education Bureau, and Head of the Sports-for-All Division at MEXT's Sport and Youth Bureau. In 2010, he was appointed Head of the Japan Institute of Sports Sciences and Facility Manager at the National Training Center. In February 2014, he was appointed as both Vice-President of Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences and a professor at its School of Health and Sport Sciences before being appointed President in April of the same year.

Welcome to Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences, an institution surrounded by the rich natural scenery of the Katsuragi mountain range and with a view of Kansai International Airport, which provides a convenient connection point to the international community.

With an admission policy of "cultivating mind, virtue, and body through ceaseless effort in order to serve society" and a goal of cultivating human resources with expertise and knowledge in the fields of physical and general education, sport, health, and welfare, our university was established as the first institution of higher learning of physical education in the Kansai region in the year following the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. This year we mark the fiftieth anniversary of the university's founding.

The university campus, which covers an area of approximately 270,000 square meters, features sport science research facilities, six specialized gymnasiums-which house handball, gymnastics, and judo facilities as well as a 25-m indoor pool-specialized outdoor facilities for track and field, soccer, rugby, and other sports, training facilities for performance improvement, and treatment facilities equipped with conditioning and medical-support functions.

Within this environment, we have established three undergraduate schools and one graduate school. The School of Health and Sport Sciences incorporates two departments, Sports Education and Health and Sports Management, and offers six courses. The School of Health and Welfare Sciences incorporates the Department of Health and Welfare Sciences and offers three courses. The School of Education consists of the Department of Education and two courses, Elementary School Education and Health and Physical Education. These undergraduate schools collectively facilitate the acquisition of specialized knowledge in the areas of physical and general education, sports, and welfare. The Graduate School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, which offers Master's and Doctoral Courses, pursues a high level of academic research.

Since its founding, our university has produced more than 19,000 graduates engaged in a wide range of fields, including school education, local government, medical care, welfare, the business world, and the media.

Our "Vision for 2024" is based on the objectives of cultivating leaders who can contribute to society, promoting world-leading research, and providing a support base for the sporting world, and are advancing concrete measures for its implementation from the perspectives of education, research, social contribution, and athletic ability.

Building on our track record of the past five decades, we will continue to strive to be a valued university not only by ensuring the quality of our educational and research environment but also by broadening the scope of our exchanges with both domestic and overseas research institutions, thereby opening the door to a new era.

School History

Naniwa Commercial Vocational School founded in Dogashiba, Tennoji-ku, Osaka City
Osaka College of Physical Education (later renamed Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences - OUHS) opened Chairman of the Board, Saburo Noda, appointed first President of the College
Toshihiko Noda and Kitsuo Kato appointed Chairman of the Board and President, respectively
Center for Industrial Physical Education founded
Campus moved to Kumatori-cho, Sennan-gun, OsakaAkira Beppu appointed President
OUHS Graduate School (Master of Science in Health and Sport Sciences) established
Health and Sport Management Department opened in the School of Health and Sport Sciences Moritaka Taguchi appointed President
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School History image
OUHS Junior College founded Moritaka Taguchi appointed President
Doctoral Program opened at OUHS Graduate School (Sport Sciences Postgraduate Program)Chairman of the Board, Toshihiko Noda, appointed President
School of Health and Welfare Sciences establishedKiyoshi Tamura appointed PresidentKenji Noda appointed Chairman of the Board
Hirohide Nagayoshi appointed President
Yasutaka Iwagami appointed President
School of Education established

University Overview

Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences offers education and training in physical and general education, sports, and welfare. Our three undergraduate schools and one graduate school respond to the needs of the times.

Approaching sport and physical education from a variety of perspectives, the School of Health and Sport Sciences strives to produce specialists in these fields. With an emphasis on health, the School of Health and Welfare Sciences combines the fields of welfare and sport. The School of Education strives to produce educators who can ensure the healthy growth and intellectual development of our children, who hold the future of society in their hands. The Graduate School of Sport and Exercise Sciences cultivates human resources with the broad perspective and high level of knowledge needed to respond to the advancement and diversification of physical education and sports science. With a deeper grasp of the fields of sport, health, welfare, and education, a reinvigorated Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences will, through the combined efforts of our three undergraduate schools and graduate school, devise courses to suit the times.

Department ofSport Education

Department of Sport Education

Nurtures instructors who have mastered the practical theories and guidance methods needed to analyze sport from a scientific perspective, and who can provide effective instruction in a variety of settings.

Coach Education
Designed to produce instructors who can respond to the needs of students at a variety of levels, from community sports to competitive sports.
P.E. Teacher Education
Designed to produce physical education teachers who have studied both general and specialized pedagogy deeply, have acquired teaching skill, are well-rounded individuals, and are trustworthy.
Sport Psychology and Counseling
Designed to produce instructors who have acquired a broad base of psychological knowledge and techniques, and who can approach instruction from the perspectives of both mind and body.

Department ofHealth and Sport Management

Department of Health and Sport Management

Nurtures instructors who can support the people and organizations involved in sport, in areas such the creation of sports environments, athlete support, and health promotion.

Sport Management
Designed to produce specialists who are well-versed in various aspects related to the creation of sports environments, such as the instructors, facilities, funds, and planning required for sporting events.
Athletic Training
Designed to produce human resources who have acquired the latest knowledge and techniques in areas such as the conditioning of athletes and injury prevention, and can effectively apply their expertise where needed.
Health and Sport Science
Designed to produce specialists with knowledge of sports medicine and sport science pertaining to health maintenance and promotion, and who can apply their expertise in medical and welfare environments.

Department ofHealth and Welfare Sciences

Department of Health and Welfare Sciences

Nurtures health and welfare specialists who have studied these areas from the perspectives of sport, education, and social work, and who can offer a broad range of wisdom and insights.

Social Work
Designed to produce social workers who have acquired the values, ethics, knowledge, and techniques of social welfare, and who are trusted by those needing support, such as people with disabilities, seniors, and children.
Educational Welfare
Designed to produce teachers who, from a foundation of respect for individuals based on the theory and practice of social welfare, can provide education that reflects a lifelong perspective and the needs of individuals.
Sports Welfare
Designed to produce instructors who, with a good understanding of the human body and exercise mechanisms, can realize the potential of sport and physical activity to make people and society healthier.

Department ofEducation

Department of Education

Nurtures education specialists equipped with a mastery of specialized elements of physical education.

Elementary School Education
Designed to produce teachers who can provide not only instruction in all elementary school subjects, but also a particularly high level of instruction in health and physical education and support to children with special needs.
Health and Physical Education
Designed to produce educators who possess specialized knowledge and a high level of teaching ability, who have a particularly good mastery of the theory and practical techniques of adaptive sports, and who have a deep understanding of special needs education.

Postgraduate Studies
in Sport and Exercise Sciences

Postgraduate Studies in Sport and Exercise Sciences

Nurtures specialists with advanced knowledge of sport and exercise sciences who can provide practical instruction and researchers who can perform original research backed up by a high level of specialist knowledge.

Master's Course
A two-year course that nurtures scientific sport practitioners with a mastery of sport science theory and applied methodology.
Doctoral Course
A three-year course that nurtures creative, scientific specialists with the ability to construct sport science theories and develop innovative methodologies.

Overview of the Campus

Outdoor Sports Facilities
Athletic Field (Class 3)
Ground area:20,866m²
Stand area:230m²

Engage in more effective practice with the latest equipment, such as force plates installed in four locations to enable scientific study. There are also two sand pits for the long jump where eight people can practice simultaneously. Additionally, the all-weather 400-meter track has a polyurethane surface. There is also a viewing area featuring a photo finish device. Records set during track meets are officially certified here.

Soccer Field (Artificial Turf)
Ground area:9,082m²
Stand area:175m²

This was the first all artificial turf soccer field in western Japan. In the 2008 school year, the turf was completely replaced, and stands were installed. There are, of course, lights for evening matches.

Rugby Field (Artificial Turf)
Ground area:10,905m²

This field was officially certified by the International Rugby Board, the highest authority in rugby, as the world's first rugby ground with artificial turf.

It has the same cushioning as a natural rugby field in optimal condition, and offers both safety and a competition surface that is friendly to the body. Equipped with mist sprinklers, optimal ground condition is maintained even in scorching heat.

Tennis Courts
Ground area:5,512m²

Eight all-weather courts with lights. The combination of artificial turf and natural sand means that the courts retain the appropriate degree of slipperiness and springiness in wet or dry conditions, easing the stress on players' legs. It also features excellent drainage.

Baseball Field

With a distance of 90 meters from home base to the fences in left and right field, and 120 meters to the centerfield fence, this is a regulation-size field. There are also lights (300 lux for the infield and 200 lux for the outfield) for evening games. Additionally, there is a bullpen that can accommodate up to eight people and a rainy weather practice field as well as a large scoreboard behind centerfield.

Indoor Baseball Practice Field
Ground area:1,944m²

Completed in 2008. Made of reinforced concrete (45 × 45 meters; infield only), the dome roof allows for training in the evenings, in rainy weather and during the winter. There are also six of the latest-model pitching machines, which include conventional wheeled machines as well as arm-style machines that allow individual practice.

Multipurpose Field

Located at the highest spot of any of the university's facilities, the view from this field is grand. It's used for various sports, including American football, ultimate frisbee, softball and field hockey.

Indoor Sports Facilities
Gymnasium 1

The first floor is for judo and kendo practice, and the second floor is for basketball. The judo dojo uses tatami mats that meet international standards. They have excellent cushioning and offer superior safety. The kendo dojo features flooring that is suited to barefoot movements. There are two basketball courts, and they are on their own floor.

Gymnasium 2

The first floor is used for dance, table tennis and karate. The wall on one side is covered in mirrors. This gym also has sound equipment, making it perfect for dance practice. The second floor is used for badminton, rhythmic gymnastics and trampolining, so it has a high ceiling.

Gymnasium 3

There are training and locker rooms and showers on the first floor. The training room is large enough for more than a hundred people to train simultaneously. There is a free weight zone and many new model training machines to enable effective training of specific body parts. The second floor is for gymnastics and features equipment that meets international standards.

Gymnasium 4

This gym is for volleyball, and has a high ceiling. The floor features a special structure that reduces stress placed on the body by repetitive jumping.

Gymnasium 5
Outer court area:1,470m²

This gym is for handball. There is an all-weather handball court fully renovated in September 2012.

Gymnasium 6

There are ten lanes in a regulation-size 25-meter indoor pool on the first floor. The second floor has lecture rooms where you can hold lectures looking out at the pool. The multipurpose arena on the third floor is the size of two basketball courts. Additionally, there are 292 spectator chairs that can be arranged freely. There is also a climbing wall that can be used as part of your training.

Indoor Pool
In Gymnasium 6

The indoor pool is 25 meters long and has ten 2.5-meter-wide lanes. The depth can be adjusted between 1.35 meters for domestic regulations and two meters for international regulations, and the direction of the lanes and depth can be changed according to the purpose. The pool is scheduled to be used for official meets as a regulation-size pool.

Support Facilities
Athletic Training Room

There are four areas: taping, whirlpool, sports evaluation beds and athletic rehabilitation. There is also an isokinetic dynamometer and motion analysis system. Faculty and trainers with specialist qualifications provide instruction.


Staffed by specialists who are faculty of the university, the clinic can be used not only for sports injuries but also for internal illnesses such as colds or diarrhea.

Student Cafeteria

There is a wide selection of offerings on the menu, from a daily set menu to rice bowls and small dishes. Nutritional balance and calorie counts are taken into consideration.

OUHS Seminar House

This five-story facility can accommodate 160 people. It can be used as a lodging house for athletes visiting from other universities for away games or other events. There are also large and small multipurpose halls that can be used for meetings, seminars and exchanges with other universities. The bright and spacious open café on the first floor is used as a space for students to relax.

Education and Research Facilities
Physiology/Biochemistry Laboratory

A facility for exercise physiology and sports medicine research. There are various labs--including a sports medicine lab, a biochemistry lab and a physiology lab--for conducting effective experiments.

Scanning Electron Microscope Room

Scanning electron microscopes are effective for tectological research in the fields of physical education and sports medicine, including the vascular system, respiratory system, skin and neuromuscular system.

Coaching Laboratory(Strategy Analysis)

Used to analyze sports strategies and techniques through digital image analysis using a video coordinate reading system. Enables objective and accurate analyses.

Sports Psychology Laboratory

Comprised of four blocks: laboratory, data processing room, package room and counseling room. Used to measure and analyze interactions between the mind and body in athletes.

Sample Analysis Room

This facility allows quantitative and qualitative analysis of biogenic components, blood, tissue cells, etc., using precision analysis equipment. Used primarily for analyzing biological reactions to exercise and sports activities.

General Laboratory

This laboratory has an environmental control room where the temperature can be adjusted. Specific environments can be created, so you can study differences based on the environment through various experiments for things like precautions for exercise in hot or cold environments.

Biomechanics Laboratory

You can check your own movements in a room with mirrors on all four walls and equipped with a high-speed camera. You can study/analyze muscle activity during exercise and the relationship between muscle or tendon movement and the brain or spinal cord.


The library is on the fourth and fifth floors of the OUHS central building. Physical education, sports and welfare-related books, educational materials and information software are available in this bright and open space. There are also Internet-connected computers available for individual use, making the library a storehouse of knowledge and data.


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Liaison Office

Notice Regarding the Establishment of the OUHS Liaison Office for International Sports Exchange

In response to the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics,which will be held in Japan,we have established a liaison office to facilitate the hosting of training camps for national teams and international friendship games.

Contact detailes are as follows:

: Tatsuhiko Noda
E-mail address
: 072-453-7021
Liaison Office