Research Board for the Correlation of Medical Science and Physical Education

Scope and Content

Contains agenda papers, minutes, memoranda, draft and published reports.

Administrative / Biographical History

The idea of the Research Board for the Correlation of Medical Science and Physical Education arose from the findings of an Inter-Allied Conference on the wider aspects of Physical Education which was open to doctors, teachers of physical education and others interested, held in March 1942. As a result of the conference it was decided to try to establish more contact between the medical and physical education professions for the benefit of social and physical welfare in general and an Initiative Committee was convened on 17 February 1943. This was followed by the establishment of a Policy Committee on 30 March 1943 which drew up the following terms of reference for the guidance of the Research Board:

  • To survey conditions relating to the correlation of medical science and physical education with regard to Maternity and Child Welfare, Education and Recreation, The Services, and Industry;
  • To conduct inquiry and research in these fields;
  • To make recommendations


The first full meeting of the Research Board was held on 13 July 1943 and Sub-Committees were established for Maternity and Child Welfare, Education and Recreation, The Services, and Industry. The purpose of the Sub-Committees was to conduct research in collaboration with the Scientific Advisory Committee and report on their findings. The Research Board consisted of representatives of a broad range of societies and institutions with an interest in physical education.

Two major reports were published: Medical Science and Physical Education (1944) covering maternity and child welfare, education and recreation, and the armed forces; and Medical Science and Physical Education in Industry (1946) containing far-reaching recommendations, especially on occupational health and rehabilitation. The research went on to fund special projects and award grants for relevant studies.

The Research Board closed down in November 1956.