The Department of Physical Training and Sport was founded in 1947. Dvoskin Mikhail Lvovich, Honored Trainer of the BSSR, Veteran of the Great Patriotic War and Veteran of Labor, was its first Head. He paid great attention to the design of non-standard equipment for gyms; for this work, in 1973, he was awarded the Silver Medal of the Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy (VDNKh, Moscow). Under his direction, the sports facilities of the University were created.
In 1950 – 1954, the Department was headed by V.P. Nedeltsev, Senior Teacher, veteran of the Great Patriotic War; since 1974, during 15 years, by O.A. Mikhnevich and A.V. Lebedko.
In 1988 – 2009, the Department was headed by V.A. Pasichnichenko. Since 2010, the Head of the Department is Filippov Nikolai Nikolayevich, Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences.
Now, the Department staff comprises 18 teachers, including one Professor, 3 Assistant Professors, 9 Senior Teachers and 15 Teachers. This staff includes 8 Masters of Sports, 4 Sports Referees (Higher National and National Category).
Physical training in BSTU is compulsory for students during Years 1-4, 6 academic hours a week. For physical training exercises, the students are categorized into three training divisions: general, special and sport division, in accordance with the results of medical examination and sports skills.
Physical training and sport are considered now in BSTU as effective ways to improve the students’ health, to prevent diseases and pernicious habits. Physical training helps to maintain, at an adequate level, intellectual and physical ability to work, to be ready for subsequent labor activity and military service.
The key purposes of physical training include: upbringing (development of a personality and motion habits), education (formation of vitally important abilities and skills necessary in everyday life and in sports), and health improvement, including harmonious development of body forms and functions, improvement of physical capabilities and health strengthening.
In various times, several famous specialists, Honored Trainer of Belarus, worked at the Department, such as Dvoskin M.L., Dubov B.S., Pavlov I.G., Solovyova A.V., Zhmakin V.A.
Gennady Unukovich, Master of Sports, was the first Champion of the USSR in “Ready for Labor and Defense” Multisport. Sergeyev S. (ski), Tolkachev V. and Karpinkin G. (biathlon), Masters of Sports (International Class), were the winners of Belarusian and all-union (USSR) competitions. The University field hockey and handball (Tekhnolog Handball Club) teams competed in the USSR Championships. Varvara Gorbatovich (sambo wrestling) won bronze medals of the World and European Championships. Alikin A., Belyayev S., Popkov V. won silver medals of the USSR Youth Championship in biathlon relay race.
Several students of the University competed at the World and European Championships: Shchelokov V. (arm wrestling), Pushkina A. and Buloichik (sambo wrestling), Zhuromskaya Y. (sport dance), Kuchinsky S. and Rashchinsky A. (ice hockey). Bely V. and Buzo O., Masters of Sports (arm wrestling), were the Champions of the Republic of Belarus four times. Several other students of the University won the Championships of Belarus: Avdonkin A. (Greko-Roman wrestling), Gorbatovich V. (sambo wrestling), Moshkaryov O. and Sakolchik A. (powerlifting), Mussky V., Galaburda S., Shchelokov V., Noskovich D., Seredich A. (arm wrestling), Nevdakh Yu. (weightlifting).
During the recent 10 years, 18 Masters of Sports of the Republic of Belarus, 67 Candidate Masters of Sports, 108 sportsmen (grade I) and 113 volunteer coaches have been trained at the University.