Faculty of Physical
Education and Sport
Comenius University in Bratislava

Hamar Institute for Human Performance

Research activities at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sports were carried out at various departments in the past. The Institute of Sport Science, as one of the departments, was closed in 2005. Since then, the need for research activities at the faculty has echoed. The then dean, prof. Miroslav Holienka, proposed the idea of creating an institute for sports performance diagnostics. The result of his efforts is Hamar Institute for Human Performance, situated in a renovated compartment of the faculty´s building.

The center is named after Professor Dušan Hamar for his lifetime achievement in the development of devices used for the assessment of sport performance in athletes as well as general population and for the introduction of "Functional Diagnostics” as a compulsory subject at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sports.

The main objective of Hamar Institute for Human Performance is to support scientific and research activities in the field of sport science. Application of new diagnostic and training methods into sports practice, rehabilitation and clinical medicine can contribute no only to the improvement of sports performance and physical fitness of general population, but also to the raise of sport science in the public eye. Faculty´s staff have many years of experience in the assessment of functional capabilities of athletes, general population and patients with impaired physical fitness and in the interpretation of function test resultsand its implementation into practice. The aim of Hamar Institute for Human Performance is the development of further diagnostic devices and their application in the assessment of sports performance and the management of sports training. The participation in national and international projects is one of the key to reach this aim. We believe that successful presentation of results will lead to the recognition of the Institute at home and abroad.

Hamar Institute for Human Performance consists of seven laboratories: biochemical, dynamometer, functional, sensory‐motor, somatometric, development and game performance analysis laboratory. The Institute provides complex functional assessment – combination of tests for the assessment of
selected motor skills, testing batteries for the assessment of fitness according to the type of sports specialization, tests specific to age and performance level of groups of individuals. Another aim of the Institute is to design testing batteries according to sport‐specific conditions and requirements of the sports practice. Portable diagnostic devices aloow to test motor skills at sport suites. The assessment of physical fitness in general population, individuals after injuries and selected groups of patients is carried out in the collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine and the Slovak Academy of Sciences.


Dušan Hamar is a professor in the Department of Sports Kinanthropology Faculty of Physical Education and Sports of Comenius University in Bratislava. He graduated from Medical Faculty of Comenius University in Bratislava. In 1980 he was awarded a Certificate in internal medicine. Five years later he received a Certificate in sports medicine and PhD in sports medicine. In 1992 he became associate professor and since 2000 he has been a professor. His professional interests include functional diagnostics, development of computer‐controlled systems for assessing the functional status and trainability in athletes and patients (e.g. an isokinetic ergometer, a rowing and a paddling isokinetic ergometer, a treadmill with the monitoring of vertical reaction forces, gravity
dynamometer, stabilographic system for functional balance assessment, etc.). In addition, he studies the strength training as a means for improving health and performance and the kinetics of cardiorespiratory parameters in different forms of loading.

He completed internships in Austrian Institute of Sports Medicine (Prof. Prokop), Institute of Respiratory Physiology at Harbor‐UCLA Medical Center (Prof. Whipp and Wasserman) and Institute of Sport Science CONI (Italian Olympic Committee) in Rome (Prof. Dal Monte). Prof. Hamar has published more than 180 articles and book chapters in English, German, Spanish, Slovak and Czech.
He was invited to give lectures at international conferences in more than 40 countries in Europe, America, Asia and Australia. He was awarded the prize for the best lecture at 9th European Congress of Sports Medicine in 1988 in Barcelona and Ludwig Prokop Medal for the contribution to the functional diagnostics in sports medicine (1995).

He is a former chairman of the Scientific Committee of the International Federation of Sports Medicine (2002 ‐ 2010), a former member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Sports Medicine (1994 ‐ 2002) and a vice‐president of the Medical Commission of the International University Sports Federation (from 2001 ‐ present).
Prof. Hamar is also a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness (Turin), Medicina dello Sport (Rome), Brasilian Journal of Sports Medicine (Sao Paulo), Archivos de Medicina del Deporte (Pamplona), Medicina Sportiva Bohemica et Slovaca (Prague), Acta Universitatis Olomucensis Gymnica (Olomouc), and Muscle and Fitness ‐ The Czech and Slovak edition (Bratislava). He has been an active sportsman since his young age. He represented former Czechoslovakia in athletics. Later he has found inclination towards running, skiing, cycling, tennis and golf.

Opening ceremony of Hamar Institute for Human Performance took place on 21st March 2013 in the auditorium of professor Stráňai at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sports of Comenius University in Bratislava. The then Dean, prof. Miroslav Holienka, welcomed the members of Faculty´s Scientific Council, as well as the guests from the ranks of academia and sports sphere. Among them were prof. Dušan Meško (Pro Rector), Ing. Ladislav Čambal (General Director of the Department of State Care for Sports and Youth of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic) and Mgr. Boris Čavajda (Director of the National Sports Centre). Assoc. prof. Erika Zemková presented intended activities of the Institute, introduced prof. Hamara as a former national
athlete, an internationally recognized expert, a scientist, a teacher and an inventor who developed several diagnostics deviced located in the Institute. After the ceremony, the Institute was open and people had chance to see the facilities and get an idea of the possibilities for the assessment of functional and motor abilities.