Lab. is a research laboratory specialized in conduct research, and
provides public service related to the scientific aspects of physical
activity, obesity, ageing, quality of life, and health promotion.
It was established in April 1st of 1989, at the University of Tsukuba,
Japan. The Laboratory is dedicated to studying and developing
new knowledge related to physical activity in its many forms, including
exercise for improvement of health and physical fitness, activities
of daily living, work, sport, dance, and play in a variety of groups,
including special populations such obese people and the elderly; persons
with disability, injury and disease. The causes and consequences
of physical activity are examined from different perspectives that
apply knowledge, methods of inquiry, and principles from traditional
areas of study in the biological, behavioral, and physical sciences.
These areas include exercise and sport biomechanics, physiology, psychology;
measurement; and sports medicine. An interdisciplinary approach
involving several of these areas is often used in addressing problems
of importance to society.
Through research, teaching, and service, Tanaka Lab's prepares professionals
in process-related competencies in health promotion programming that
are based on a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the determinants
of health. Health promotion efforts are directed at influencing or
facilitating health-related behavior, creating supportive environments,
strengthening community action, developing personal skills, and reorienting
health services. Most of the research is focused on the effects
of physical activity on health, aging and control/prevention of chronic
diseases. Research has been supported by grants from a variety
of sources. We collaborate with colleagues in a variety of
departments in Japan and across the country (United States, Brazil,
Students in the Lab are prepared for a variety
of careers involving teaching, research, and delivery of services
related to physical activity, health promotion, and sports medicine
in a variety of settings including schools, universities, public and
private agencies, clinical environments, government, and business.