Centre for Health and Human Performance

It is a well-known fact that the North-West University has delivered world-class international athletes, all supported by the NWU’s High Performance Institute and sports scientists. Due to the NWU’s state-of-the-art facilities and highly specialised researchers and staff, more than 1 000 athletes from all over the world choose the NWU for their pre-season training and preparation every year. The NWU is now taking its level of expertise to an even greater height with the birth of the new NWU Centre for Health and Human Performance (CHHP).  The aim is to combine the expertise and experience of the NWU’s Institute of Psychology and Wellbeing, the Institute for Sport Science and Development as well as the Institute for Biokinetics.

Sports psychology

The HPI offers the services of sports psychologists through the newly established NWU Centre for Health and Human Performance (CHHP). Sports psychologists use psychological knowledge and skills to address optimal performance and wellbeing of athletes and teams, developmental and social aspects of sports participation, and systemic issues associated with sports settings and organisations.  

Sports science

The HPI offers the services of sports scientists. This entails the discipline aimed at applying the most recent scientific knowledge in such a way that athletes will use their full performance potential. 


The primary function of biokinetics is to improve physical functioning and healthcare through exercise as modality.

Sports medical services

Apart from all in-house sports medical services that the High Performance Institute and the Faculty of Health Sciences offers, various external medical services are also provided. These services include private medical specialists from Potchefstroom and surrounding areas. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Physiotherapists
  • Sports physicians
  • Orthopaedic surgeons
  • Chiropractors

Medical screenings

Medical screening tests are offered by HPI experts to detect potential health disorders or injuries in athletes who might not show any symptoms. The goal is early detection and lifestyle or training changes to reduce the risk of disease or injury, or to detect it early enough to treat it in the most effective manner.