Niigata University of Health and Welfare

Project Center for Research

Aqua-Health Promotion Project Research Center

The aim of this research center is to develop software for exercise guidance in swimming and water exercise for revitalizing local communities. The major topic of research is as follows:

Speech and Language Development Center

The center holds the following as its main themes:

  1. Vocabulary abilities of children with delayed language development
    This study has been designed to investigate vocabulary abilities of children with delayed language development by focusing on the quantity and the quality of their vocabulary.
  2. Training of kana character acquisition for children with delayed language development
    This study has been organized to develop a method of acquiring kana characters as well as to investigate the processes of oral reading and reading comprehension of kana characters in the case of children with language disorders.
  3. Processes of behavioral changes in children with hyperactivity
    It is difficult to estimate the degree of hyperactivity using a standardized test. Therefore, it is necessary to use classification criteria to diagnose the behavior of hyperactive children. This study aims to develop a checklist that will serve as classification criteria that enables an objective analysis of the behavior of hyperactive children.

Musculoskeletal Function Research Center

In the musculoskeletal function research center, we are performing animal experiments to examine the effects of exercise, nutrition, and physical therapy on the musculoskeletal function. The evidence obtained from our research is expected to lead to more effective prescriptions for health promotion.

Center for Health Economics and QOL Research (CHEQOL)

CHEQOL undertakes projects in the field of health economics and outcomes research to aid healthcare decision making. We also develop and maintain a research database of QOL assessment and help train the next generation of researchers.

Research Center for Locomotive Syndrome Prevention

This center focuses on the following themes:

  1. Prevention of the locomotive syndrome (musculoskeletal) for community - house elderly (muscles and bones)
  2. Improvement and/or prevention of chronic musculoskeletal pains in occupational health fields and investigation of the factors related to the pains in the lower back, knee and shoulder
  3. Development of the program for fall prevention and intervention studies.

Athlete Support Project Center

The Athlete Support Project Center aims at the inclusive support of athletes in this university, including medical and physical therapies, athletic training, strength & conditioning, nutrition, and psychology.

The themes of this center are:

  1. Improvement of the competitive abilities
  2. Prevention of injuries and conditioning
  3. First aid treatment for injuries
  4. Education of the students

Citizenship education practical research center

This center focuses on the following themes:

  1. Development and practices of programs to foster QOL supporters
  2. Development and practices of programs to encourage voluntary participation of students in local communities
  3. Researches related to themes described above

Sports Counseling Research Center

This center focuses on the following themes:

  1. Practical researchesand case studieson psychological supportfor athletes
  2. Sports counselor development and educational practices for graduate students
  3. Analysis of the usage tendency of the sports counseling servicestoward in-campus and local community

Research Center for Pediatric Rehabilitation

This center focuses on the following themes:

  1. The studies on motor function in children with cerebral palsy.
  2. The studies on cognitive function inchildren with autism.
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