JCRWS International Symposium 2018
JCRWS International Symposium 2018
The Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS) was established in 2014 and has been studying on “establishing research in the area of conditioning and management of female athletes” with collaboration between the Graduate School of Medicine and the School of Health and Sports Science. To celebrate its 5th anniversary in 2018, we held the JCRWS International Symposium 2018 consists of keynote speeches and panel discussion from world leaders in the field of women in sport.
M.D. Eri Hirasawa (Professor, The Research Institute for Diseases of Old Age in Juntendo University), the third deputy director of the JCRWS from this year, gave a welcome speech. "It is a great honor to be able to host the memorable international symposium with two world leadres in the field of women in sportt. I am hoping to have active discussions aiming for further development." by M.D. Hirasawa.
Keynote Speech I
First, we got a keynote lecture entitled "History of Tucker Center and Expectation to the Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS)" from Dr. Nicole LaVoi, Co-Director at Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota. Tucker Center is the world's first research organization on women in sport and it is also a model of the JCRWS at Juntendo University.
Tucker Center has three pillars of research, education, and dissemination, and is putting efforts to utilize research in practice and educate researchers for posterity. For example, Tucker Center offers paid internship program for graduate students to gain experience and achieve their goals. In addition, Tucker Center is currently promoting positive messages through “She Can Coach” project to increase the number of females in the coaching profession.
“Women are very important in sports. We carry out research and project well, but from now on I would like to cooperate Tucker Center and the JCRWS like sisters” said Dr. LaVoi.
Keynote Speech II
Next, Ms. Sarah Murray, Global Catalyse Director of Women Win, gave a keynote lecture entitled “Women Win: Best Practices in Empowering Girls Through Sport Globally". Women Win is an NGO organization that empowers adolescent girls, especially with sports programs, while working with partners all over the world. While collaborating with international sports organizations and United Nations agencies using international competitions, they are also working with the private sector and the social activities sector. In order to work with many organizations, there seems to be persuasion using objective data.
Women Win aims not only to expand the sports participation of girls but also to create a society where girls acquire knowledge and skills to live better their own lives safely and securely. "Japan has a lot of potential toward Tokyo 2020. I hope Japan will also be able to create organizations to tackle international gender issues through sports, and we would love to work together with JCRWS actions,” said Ms. Murray.
Toward Further Development of Women and Sport : Roles of JCRWS
M.D. Mari Kitade
（Deputy Director, Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport; Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Juntendo University Graduate School of Medicine）
Dr. Ryo Kakigi
（Assistant professor, Department of Physiology ( II ) at Juntendo University School of Medicine）
Dr. Noriyuki Fuku
（Associate Professor, Graduate School of Health and Sport Science at Juntendo University）
Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara
（Executive Director, Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport; Professor, the Graduate School of Health and Sports Science at Juntendo University）
Ms. Natsue Koikawa
（Deputy Director, Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport; Associate Professor, School of Helath and Sports Science at Juntendo University ）
A panel discussion was held by experts from various fields with the theme of " Toward Further Development of Women and Sport: Roles of JCRWS".
Started with a research report on Team 1 "Menstruation Adjustment and Condition Management Program Development Study" by M.D. Mari Kitade, deputy director of the JCRWS. Followed by Team 2 "Optimum Load Condition of Training Considering Menstrual Cycle" by Dr. Ryo Kakigi, and Team 3 "Researches on Relationship Between Energy Production and Training" by Dr. Noriyuki Fuku. Finally, Team 4 "Coaching Development for Female Athletes" by Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara, Director of the JCRWS, gave deeper understanding of the purpose and results of the research that each research team had conducted and have been working on.
Facilitator Ms. Natsue Koikawa, Deputy Director of the JCRWS, noted that the number of researchers inside and outside the campus related to each research team of the JCRWS increased to about 80 for four years. Also, she introduced the achievements, contract research of consignment projects of ministries and agencies, and the results of collaborative research with companies with women in sports as a keyword.
After that, a active discussion titled "Toward the Five Years of the JCRWS" was held. Representatives of each research team discussed roles play from the aspect of research and specific goals.
It was the first international symposium dealing with the entire research being conducted at the JCRWS, but clinical research was also introduced. It was a very active discussion by sharing information among lecturers, researchers, and participants.
Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara
The JCRWS has held research presentation meetings (oral presentations) for each academic year to share information among researchers. It was the first time “poster session” for reporting on the publication and research results. Researchers and participants both in and outside the country exchanged their thoughts.
Products Created by JCRWS
We displayed our products such as printed materials on the desk in the venue. The JCRWS creates at least one product every year and we are glad that those are being used by many female athletes, leaders, and guardians.