Their Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences (DPESS) specializes in: a) the social-psychological study of substance use, exercise participation, and behaviour change across the lifespan, and b) the design and application of health promotion and behaviour change interventions.
An important aspect of the mission of the National Sports Academy is supporting the positive influence of sport on social development. The university participates with research outcomes and academic opinion in different scientific and social discussions on young people and sport.
With regards to the protection of sports integrity, IRIS became a leading European authority, through the publication of a White Book on “sports betting and corruption” in 2012, which was the result of a one-year research program on the issue.
The Romanian Football Federation assumes responsibility in Romania for: a policy of zero tolerance in issues of integrity of the football clubs; initiating and implementing effective education and prevention programs; optimizing the rules that criminalize match-fixing and any other form of corruption that may affect the integrity of the game.
The Play Fair Code (Association for Protecting the Integrity in Sports), which is a non for profit association, was founded early 2012 on the initiative of the Austrian Sports Ministry, the Austrian Football Association and the Austrian Football League.
A series of other major sports stakeholders have joined the Play Fair Code since it was founded. These include the Austrian Federal Sports Organization, the Austrian Olympic Committee, the Austrian Ski, Basketball, Handball, Ice Hockey and Tennis Federation, the Austrian Sports Betting Association, the Austrian Lotteries and a range of legalized and licensed Austrian betting providers and operators as well as sponsors from the industry.
The operating strategy of the Play Fair Code, which was laid down as soon as the organization was founded and remains clearly defined, lies in prevention, monitoring and its provision of an ombudsman facility.
Since the beginning of 2013, by combining direct lectures, seminars and workshops focusing on the issues of integrity in sport and match-fixing at around 550+ training courses, the Play Fair Code has been able to reach and train approximately 15,000+ individuals within its core target audiences of players (including young athletes), referees, officials, functionaries and media representatives on a national and international level in a total of six sporting disciplines.
In addition to this, there is an ongoing close cooperation with the Austrian Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry’s Integrity in Sports Unit, which is also the operational interface of the functionality of the Play Fair Code and the Ministry of the Interior as a yet informal National Platform in with regards to the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulations of Sports Competitions.