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Sports & Recreational Activities in the University

The Department of Physical Education is headed by the director & 05 permanent instructors for the smooth functioning of the Department. The Department also employs a number of highly qualified part time coaches for various sports disciplines. They support university students to achieve greater heights in the sports arena, mostly at inter university level as well as both national & international level competitions. 22 sports disciplines are available for the university internal undergraduates to perform while they are studying in the university and several recreational sports to engage in as leisure time activities. The Department possesses excellent facilities for indoor & outdoor sports.


Competitive Sports- at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, the undergraduate student has a choice of selecting any sport to engage in among more than 22 different sport disciplines. The interested sportsmen & sportswomen can practice a sport and can be a team member who represents the University of Sri Jayewardenepura at national & international level competitions.

Recreational sports & activities

Recreational sports & activities are also available at University of Sri Jayewardenepura. The most popular sport activities are body building, aerobics The Department conducts classes, workshops for students, staff & for interested outsiders as well. The Department also carries out a wide range of activities for fitness activities for all categories.


Weight Training……….                                                                                                                  220px-TwoDumbbells                                                                                                                       

    Weight training is a common type of strength training for developing the strength and size of skeletal muscles. It uses the weight force of gravity (in the form of weighted bars, dumbbells or weight stacks) to oppose the force generated by muscle through concentric or eccentric contraction. Weight training uses a variety of specialized equipment to target specific muscle groups and types of movement.

Sports where strength training is central are bodybuilding, weightlifting, powerlifting, and strongman, Highland games, shotput, discus throw, and javelin throw. Many other sports use strength training as part of their training regimen, notably; mixed martial arts, wrestling, rugby ,football, track and field, rowing, lacrosse, basketball, baseball and hockey. Strength training for other sports and physical activities is becoming increasingly popular.


Aerobics………..                                                                                                                                   indexii

    Aerobics is a form of physical exercise that combines rhythmic aerobic exercise with stretching and strength training routines with the goal of improving all elements of fitness (flexibility, muscular strength, and cardio-vascular fitness). It is usually performed to music and may be practiced in a group setting led by an instructor (fitness professional), although it can be done solo and without musical accompaniment. With the goal of preventing illness and promoting physical fitness, practitioners perform various routines comprising a number of different dance-like exercises. Formal aerobics classes are divided into different levels of intensity and complexity.

Aerobics classes may allow participants to select their level of participation according to their fitness level. Many gyms offer a variety of aerobic classes. Each class is designed for a certain level of experience and taught by a certified instructor with a specialty area related to their particular class.



     Swimming was one of eight sports practiced at the first Paralympic Games in 1960 in Rome, Italy and is now one of the most popular.

Both male and female competitors, who are classified on their functional ability to perform each stroke, test their skills in freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke and medley events.

Athletes can have a physical, visual or intellectual impairment. As a result the rules of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) are modified to include optional starting platforms and in-water starts for some athletes or the use of signals or “tappers” for those with visual impairments. No prostheses or assistive devices are permitted in the pool.



Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline that denotes a variety of schools, practices and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism (including Vajrayana and Tibetan Buddhism) and Jainism, the best-known being Hatha yoga and Raja yoga.

The origins of Yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, but most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India’s ascetic circles, which are also credited with the early sramana movements.The chronology of earliest texts describing yoga-practices is unclear, varyingly credited to Hindu Upanishads[9] and Buddhist Pāli Canon,probably of third century BCE or later. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali from first half of 1st millennium CE is one of a key surviving major texts on Yoga.Hatha yoga texts emerged around 11th century CE, and in its origins was related to Tantrism.