When the calendar pages start flipping faster than political figures on stances, that usually signals the time to start slowing down, to take it easy and maybe even consider retirement, at least to some degree.
Try convincing Dr. Wlodzimierz Starosta of that. Still going strong as a writer and educator, the octogenarian remains a lively expert in the world of sport and learning theory, particularly motor sports, proving to be a worthy recipient of a 2015 Distinguished Service Award (DSA) by the United States Sports Academy.
The DSA is given annually to those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to national or international sport through education, research or service. The DSA is separate from the Academy’s Awards of Sport. Each nominee must possess an extensive background in sport, which means that the individual must have had significant dealings in instruction, research or service in sport for more than 10 years.Starosta’s impact has stretched over five decades. He is the first President of the International Association of Sport Kinetics (IASK), a scientific organization started in 1990 whose aim is to create appropriate conditions for the advancement of human development and sport kinetics as a scientific discipline which constitutes a fundamental element in sciences related to sport. The intent, through the sharing of information, is to gain a better understanding of human movement and physical fitness and promote each.
A prodigious writer, Starosta currently is working on his 69th book and has had more than 600 papers published in 29 countries as he has strived to share what he knows in both medical and practical terms. Indeed, he has achieved much as a participant, recognized as a participant in 20 sport disciplines, 12 of them classified, with his greatest success in figure skating, wrestling and ringo resulting in 18 medals on International, Polish, European and World championship stages. He also was an ice skating coach for two decades, and cooperated with the Polish national coaches in several sports, including canoeing, weight lifting, judo, archery and ski jumping.
Educated at the University School of Physical Education in Poznan, Poland, and the Institute of Physical Culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia, he holds doctoral degrees from both the latter and the University School of Education in Warsaw. In addition to being a full professor at the Warsaw college, he also has been a visiting professor at several schools in Russia, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, Turkey, Slovakia, Estonia and Italy.
Starosta has been associated with the Italian Olympic Committee, the International Society of Sport Genetic and Somatology, the International Council for Sport Science and Physical Education, the International Ringo Federation, the International Academy of Integrative Anthropology, the Academy of Science of Technological Cybernetics, the International Academy of Gerontology, and has served on the editorial board of many journals.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy visit www.ussa.edu.