To promote professional standards, scholarly pursuits and exchanges of knowledge among individual members, representatives of national organizations and membership groups, all of whom are engaged in health, physical education, recreation, sport, dance or related fields.
Priority issues: Health; physical education; recreation; sport; dance.
Organizes: congresses (every 2 years, in odd years); specialized meetings (in the even years); regional conferences. Provides consultancy and other services for member organizations and others interested in health, physical education and recreation. Programmes mainly organized through special committee projects. Commissions (33): Adapted Physical Education; Aging; Aquatics; Coaching; Comparative Physical Education and Sport; Computer Applications to HPERSD; Dance and Dance Education; Girls and Women in Sport; Health Education; History of Physical Education and Sport; International Curriculum Standards and Development; Legal Liability in HPERSD; Leisure and Recreation; Martial Arts Education; Mass Media and Sport; Measurement and Evaluation of Physical Education; Olympic Education; Philosophy of Physical Education; Physical Education at the College Level; Physical Education at the Primary Level; Physical Education at the Secondary Level; Professional Preparation and Certification in HPERSD; Professional Standards and Ethics; Research; Sport and Recreation Facilities; Sport Biomechanics; Sport for All; Sport Management and Administration; Sport Medicine; Sport Pedagogy; Sport Physiology; Sport Psychology; Sport Sociology.