R&D Institutions

Resultado da avaliação 2007 na área de Ciências da Saúde

Unidade de I&D


Classificação: Fair

Comentários do painel de avaliação
Sobre a unidade
During the evaluation period (2003 - 2006) the Research Unit CIFI2D didn’t function formally as a Research Unit. Thus, until the recent past the members of the Unit collaborated on an informal basis building the basis for the formation of this Unit within the Faculty. According to the written application the RU (CIFI2D) consists of 6 groups active in a variety of aspects related to the field of sports research. In addition the members of the group have been involved in the education program of the Faculty including a PhD program in Sport Sciences, and 5 Master programs: Children and Youth Sport; Training of Elite Athletes; Motor Development; Sport Management; Teaching of Physical Education. In the period reported (2003 – 2006) there were more than 250 Master and 25 PhD theses produced. The main areas where the RU wishes to invest in the future are the following: (1) Sport, Education and Culture (Head: Jorge Bento); (2) Sport, Structure and Function (Head: J. Paulo Vilas-Boas); (3) Sport, Genetics and Motor Behaviour (Head: José Maia); (4) Sport, Excellence, Well-being and Human Development (Head: António Mendonça da Fonseca); (5) Sport, Training, Coaching and Performance (Head: Júlio Garganta). These areas were presented at the site-visit, but they do not correspond exactly to the groups indicated in the written reports, what makes an evaluation of the groups as presented originally somewhat awkward; thus we will consider here the 5 areas, as indicated above, jointly.
The RU lists a long series of researchers, but during the site-visit it appeared that most could not dedicate to research activities more than 50%, and some much less. The Panel recommends that in the future the RU should indicate clearly who constitutes the core of the groups who are really responsible for the research and corresponding publications.
The RU is still at an early stage of development and thus it is not surprising that it does not yet have a clear focus of research. The topics that have been indicated by the Coordinator and the other PI’s are rather diverse; some of these are described only in rather general terms; it is necessary that the RU formulates well defined research questions that may be tackled by appropriate methodologies. From the themes of the PhD theses that have been carried out recently it appears that the research areas where the RU has more experience are Biomechanics and Bioenergetics of sports and Education/Training of athletes. It is to be expected that within these areas the RU will formulate relevant research questions.
The performance of the members of the RU in terms of scientific publications is, in general, modest. Their bibliometric indices are low. An assessment of the publications presented in the written report shows that there is a large number of papers in Portuguese (Portugal or Brazil) and a few in Spanish. Although this may be appropriate to reach some aspects of the public, it is not appropriate for a RU that should have international impact, through publications in international peer-reviewed scientific journals. There are, however, a relatively small number of publications in international journals, very small indeed taking into consideration the long lists of collaborators, but the latter are most often in journals that don’t have an impact factor in the ISI system or a very low one. Only a couple of papers were published in journals with relative higher ranks within the field of the Sports Sciences, like “Medicine and Science Sports and Exercise” and the “Int. J. Sports Medicine”, and in the field of applied physiology, but the latter were also in journals with low impact. The Panel recommends that the RU should give a high priority to publish in international journals of higher impact. This should also be standard for the publications that the PhD students write for their PhD theses.
It should be noted that the RU has a number of international collaborations and has received financial support from different sources. The RU has contact with a group of advisors, but the latter does not appear to perform an important role in advising the Unit regarding scientific strategies. The Panel recommends that the RU should form a small Advisory Board constituted by internationally well known researchers in the field that should meet regularly to advise the RU regarding important issues of strategic importance in terms of research policies.
The Panel is of the opinion that this RU should be considered as an Unit in formation, that should be re-evaluated after about 2 years to decide whether and how the RU should further develop.
Sobre os grupos de investigação
Desporto, Educação e Cultura [RG-HESC-Norte-Porto-4068-283]
Desporto, Estrutura e Função [RG-HESC-Norte-Porto-4068-284]
Desporto, Excelência, Bem-Estar e Desenvolvimento Humano [RG-HESC-Norte-Porto-4068-286]
Desporto, Formação, Análise e Decisão [RG-HESC-Norte-Porto-4068-287]
Desporto, Genética e Comportamento Motor [RG-HESC-Norte-Porto-4068-285]
Desporto, Treino, Competição e Rendimento [RG-HESC-Norte-Porto-4068-2983]