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Foremost, I would like to invite you all to share your thoughts, ideas, symposiums, and workshops at the 55th ICHPER•SD Anniversary World Congress. By contributing to the World Congress, you can make it a more dynamic and well-rounded experience for everyone.


The history of the World Congress goes back to 1958, the year of the first World Congress, which took place in Rome, Italy on the topic of Child Health and the School. Since then, there have been several of ICHPER•SD World Congresses dealing with a variety of themes. The 2013 World Congress is sponsored by the Physical Education Teachers Association of Turkey (TUBED) and the theme is: Total Fitness & Wellness: HPERSD as an Integral Part of the Positive Improvement of Individuals. It has been a great 55 years in which ICHPER•SD has contributed to the world of professionals, scholars, teachers, and coaches. In these 55 years, ICHPER•SD has also produced quality physical education around the world. It is a great honor to be part of the 55th Anniversary World Congress and Exposition in Istanbul, Turkey.

The World Congress largely impacts the development of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport, and Dance in the world and in the eight regions. ICHPER•SD adds to the development of physical education and sport in both scientific and pragmatic ways. From a sociological perspective, sport, because it internalizes social circumstances, beliefs, values, attitudes, rules, aesthetics, and intellectual experiences, is a social system which transmits the dominant values of society at large. HPERSD has played, and continues to play, an integral part in the development of advanced industrial societies and has helped other societies get up to par. HPERSD contributes to society on a variety of levels: from education to health, and from ethics and politics to the productive use of leisure, stress relief, and cultural enjoyment. With changes in social and cultural values, the necessity, importance, and value of sport, physical education, and recreation have greatly increased.


The World Congress will enhance physical education and sport. Never has it been more important to maintain an energy about physical education and organizations like ICHPER•SD. ICHPER•SD is one of the oldest and most prestigious organizations of its kind, serving professionals in more than 204 countries. This is a great chance for the European Region and the world to participate and gain knowledge from global scholars. Special thanks to the Physical Education Teachers Association of Turkey (TUBED) for sponsoring this important World Congress and for making it happen.



Adel Elnashar, Ph.D.

ICHPER•SD President



Dear Friends of the World Sport Sciences,

As Vice President for Europe, it is my pleasure to welcome you for the 55th International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport, and Dance (ICHPER•SD) World Congress and Exposition which will be held in İstanbul, Turkey on 19-21 December 2013. The theme of the congress is Total Fitness & Wellness: HPERSD as an Integral Part of the Positive Improvement of Individuals emphasizes the mission of ICHPER•SD. The theme on the one hand reflects the atmosphere of this great organization, on the other focuses on discussing all dimensions of human&sport relation and offering solutions for problems concerned.

Turkish Physical Education Teachers Association (TUBED) brings together the sport scientists, researchers, sport event managers, sports facilities and equipment managers, sport marketers and customers under the roof from all continents of the world in this congress. I believe, the Congress which will be held second time in Turkey will accelerate knowledge sharing of sport science and provide a scientific atmosphere in high standards with presentations of new researches in the field. With presentations, workshops and social activities which draw attention to different doctrines, approaches and topics and include applied approaches of HPERSD will provide valuable contributions to participants.

We hope all participants enjoy discovering the world city İstanbul, a bridge between continents and universal cultures. 

We invite everybody to this scientific feast.


Prof. Dr. Hasan Kasap


President of the WCEOC’2013 Organizing Committee 

ICHPER•SD Vice President for Europe