By fostering sport, exercise, education and health, ICSSPE contributes to the development of the human society. The organisation operates with the intention to:
Investigate for a better scientific understanding of all facets of human movement;
Educate for a better quality of life and improved health for all people;
Advocate for the benefits related to an active lifestyle and the ethical values inherent in sporting activity.
ICSSPE's core functions are:
Actively engaged in linking theory to practice, ICSSPE provides a world-wide network for an interdisciplinary and professional exchange between experts. It pursues developments and promotes research in sport and physical education. To discuss and disseminate contemporary scientific findings and international issues in relation to sport, ICSSPE leads and co-ordinates, in cooperation with partners, the organisation of international events such as the International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS).
ICSSPE also supports institutions of sport science and physical education in countries with limited financial means.
Through its vast interdisciplinary network, ICSSPE facilitates dialogue between different scientific branches and institutions and promotes research results, conference announcements and other relevant information.
In some cases, members of ICSSPE may also apply for financial support for their international activities.
Beyond this, the Council provides help and expert advice to partner organisations outside of its network, including UN agencies, the International Olympic Committee as well as national ministries concerned with sport, education and science.
ICSSPE acts as a voice for sport, physical education and for sport sience towards governmental, economic and administrative partners.
Building on these core functions ICSSPE's work is defined by three strategic priorities:
Ethics and professionalisation;
Quality physical education;
Healthy Living across the lifespan and the human performance/human development continuum.