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n African Journal for Physical Activity and Health Sciences (AJPHES) - Professor Gert Lukas Strydom : the father of the biokinetics profession in South Africa

Volume 26 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2411-6939
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Abstract

Many biokineticists and students of the professions of Biokinetics and Human Movement Science are ignorant of the significant contributions made by the pioneering South African Human movement practitioners, whose insightful work led to establishment of the profession of Biokinetics. This study was conducted from a historical perspective to analyse the significant contributions of Professor Gert Lukas Strydom to the profession of Biokinetics. A literature review of Sabinet’s search engine was used in order to determine the scholastic accolades of Professor Strydom (keywords: Gert Lukas Strydom and biokinetics). The Sabinet searches revealed 340 records associated with Professor Gert Lukas Strydom. During the period from 1978 to 2018, Professor Strydom published eight Biokinetics handbooks, two chapters in Exercise Physiology, four chapters relating to management of sport injuries and eight book chapters regarding health and wellness promotion, nine research reports, 86 peer reviewed articles published in accredited journals and 51 peer reviewed papers in non-accredited journals, in addition to the fact that he supervised 56 postgraduate students. In his illustrious career, Professor Strydom also served as the inaugural president of the South African Association of Biokinetics (SAAB) and as a South African Medical and Dental Council (SAMDC) representative, an external Biokinetics examiner, as well as a SAMDC accreditor of both academic institutions, which offered Biokinetics educational training and private biokinetic practices. From the depth of his publication record and professional engagements in the discipline, it is evident that Professor Strydom’s academic profile reflects sterling contributions to the development of the Biokinetics profession in South Africa. It is concluded that based on his priceless contributions to the profession, Professor Strydom is a role model and inspiration to future biokineticists in the country.

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2020-03-01
2021-01-16

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