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Institute of Applied Health and Social Sciences

Institute of Applied Health and Social Sciences

Head of the Institute Mgr. Lenka Šedová, Ph.D.
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Service for the public involves approaching the public with services and at the same time obtaining high-quality facilities for the students’ practical training. This is the primary goal of the centres established or extended recently by the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences of the University of South Bohemia. We intend to continue this course in the future. The goal is to open the Faculty to the public to the greatest extent as possible, so that the public becomes aware of the meaning and the necessity of the disciplines studied at FHSS USB, as well as potential employment of the graduates.


This Institute constitutes the following centres:

Physiotherapy Centre

A new facility is the Physiotherapy Centre that was opened in the basement of the building in J. Boreckého Street in Autumn 2014. It is a registered nongovernmental health care facility providing services in the field of physiotherapy and rehabilitation medicine, not only to employees and students of the University of South Bohemia, but also to the general public. It is an excellent opportunity for students in the very popular discipline of Physiotherapy in order to gather experiences that constitutes the basic precondition of success and can be acquired only through practical experiences. As it is a clinical workplace, they can devote more time to the patients than is normally the case in more standardized rehabilitation outpatient facilities. They work here under the supervision of the chief physiotherapist of the centre and of lecturers from the Institute of Physiotherapy and Selected Medical Disciplines of FHSS USB. The Physiotherapy Centre allows students to perform scientific activities, collect data for Bachelor theses, and to offer conditions for Evidence Based Medicine, dramatically increasing the graduates’ competitiveness.

The Physiotherapy Centre provides services paid from public health insurance, as well as services not covered by this insurance. The supply of standardized outpatient care such as comprehensive kinesiologic examination, individual physiotherapy, manual therapy, ergonomics, kinesiotaping or thermotherapy is completed with a combined device for physical therapy (laser, ultrasound, electrotherapy, combined therapy), as well as with instrumentation for movement analysis. In the South Bohemian Region, it is a unique combination of tools for research and therapy for motor disorders, including diagnostic ultrasound, a set for telemetric measurements for muscle coordination by surface electromyography and static posturograph for examination and therapy for postural stability. Individuals with motor system disorders from various etiologies, individuals that have experienced injuries, surgeries, and individuals interested in prevention of such problems, may be referred to the Physiotherapy Centre.


Centre of Prevention of Lifestyle Diseases

The Centre of Prevention of Lifestyle Diseases has been providing its services since 2006. The services provided empathetic support regarding healthy life style, healthy population and prevention of modern diseases. In 2014, the centre was relocated from the Hospital closer to the centre of the town, to Nerudova Street 53, extending and innovating its services. It also offered new services pertaining to nutritional consultation and services by a personal trainer for fitness training. The Centre also offers modern devices like Bodystat, a broad range of aids for fitness exercise, as well as a measurement of triglycerides or lactate from capillary blood. By interconnecting the services of health consulting, nutrition consultant and fitness training consultant, it offers efficient counselling for lifestyle changes for clients. Comprehensive consulting and the prices of the services provided, constitute the two main arguments for people of different age groups to have their health condition checked and based on the values measured, to then communicate with experts on how to preserve or improve their health. The Faculty employees have rich experiences also derived from many measurements organized within many events. This would include an event on the main town square during International Nurses’ Day, or another event at the JU campus involving teaching Nordic Walking or during different events with a focus on sports, culture or entertainment. Measuring blood pressure, cholesterol or body fat is very much in demanded by seniors. However, with increasing public education, there are increasingly more middle-aged and young people, and parents with children which also constitute a significant target group.


Centre for Seniors

The same building on Nerudova Street 53, is a house also used as a Centre for Seniors. It focuses on consulting, organizes popular courses of memory training and lectures, and cooperates closely with the Parkinson Club of České Budějovice. This is also an important opportunity for practical training for students who meet seniors and their families. This is also an opportunity to meet both lay and professional caregivers.