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Recreational Sports

The Recreation Area of the Department of Sports, Recreation and Artistic Programs of the UCR promotes, encourages, coordinates, and implements a variety of activities and practical sessions of physical activity, such as tournaments, retreats, and camps, which entail a healthy use of leisure time and which promote healthy lifestyles. This includes inter-campus recreational programs, internal tournaments, and physical activities.

  • Recreational Programs

    These programs are intended for students, employees, alumni, and the general public. Registration payments are done monthly on the first five working days of every month.

Description of the Recreational Programs:

  • Archery

    This program includes the essentials and the basic skills for the mastery of instruments like the arrow and the bow at Olympic-level shooting distances and positions. It is practiced at the Archery Range of the UCR Sports Facilities and it is intended for adults at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.

  • Aquatic Therapy

    This program works with physical activities in the water, and it is intended for overweight individuals, middle-aged and senior citizens, pregnant women, or people with some sort of permanent or temporary physical condition that needs therapy. This is used as a therapeutic means because it strengthens the joints and the muscle tone, and strengthens the skeletal system, among other health benefits. It is offered on weekdays at the swimming pool of the UCR Sports Facilities and it is intended for the general public.

  • Self-defense

    This program focuses on flexibility movements and the noble art of coordination and balance between body and mind. It consists of the skills of projection, immobilization, and disarticulation. It does not use direct blows. It is offered in the UCR Sports Facilities, and it is intended for individuals of legal age at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

  • Jiu-jitsu

    Its goal is to improve flexibility, speed, coordination, agility, and resistance. Its practice also reinforces values such as discipline, courtesy, courage, effort, and perseverance. This program offers a work plan that focuses on physical preparation, movement, imbalance, falls, different blockages, hand strikes, kicks, and other skills. It is offered at the UCR Sports Facilities, and it is intended for individuals of legal age at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

  • Swimming

    This program is based on the basic principles of swimming; it includes beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. The last ones practice advanced styles like the freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. They also work on long distance which benefits the cardiopulmonary system. The courses are offered on weekdays at the swimming pool of the University Sports Facilities for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

  • Yoga

    This program incorporates a space of recreation for the participants by means of basic and general principles of the practice of Hatha Yoga. It develops exercises or physical positions (ásanas) for every part of the body, which contribute to enhance physical and mental flexibility and which, together with the breathing exercises (pranayamas), improve concentration, resistance, and the functions of the digestive and abdominal tracts, to find the balance of the individual’s integral well-being. Classes are offered in the Multi-purpose Room at General Services, Saprissa Building, and at the UCR Sports Facilities. The program is intended for individuals of legal age at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.

  • Tennis

    This program has the objective of training and practicing the basic skills of tennis, such as the forehand, backhand, service, volleying, and others. It is offered at the tennis court of the UCR Sports Facilities and is targeted to beginner and intermediate levels.

  • Rugby

    It offers to the student population and to the public in general the opportunity to know, learn, and practice another sports alternative that contributes to their integral development and improves their quality of life. It is offered every Sunday at the baseball field of the University Sports Facilities, and it is intended to be co-ed for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

  • Aerobic Choreography

    It is a program in which the users get to know, learn, and practice another sports alternative that contributes to their integral development and improves their quality of life. It is offered at the aerobics course of the University Gymnasium, Saprissa Building, and it is for the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

  • Internal Tournaments

    This program offers the possibility of taking part in Internal Student Tournaments where the students can channel and release stress, and strengthen values and skills that allow them to have a better personal and professional development. Disciplines such as men’s soccer, women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s handball, and indoor soccer are offered.

  • Iinter-Campus Physical Activities

    The Universidad de Costa Rica offers the following programs to the university community:

  • The University in Motion Program

    It seeks to benefit the development of a culture of movement among the members of the university community. It offers sessions of physical activity at the place of study or work in order to enhance physical activity and living habits. This program offers 30-minute sessions of physical activity at different places of the University; it is free of charge, and it is intended for the entire university population.

  • Recreational Leader Programs

    It has the objective of favoring the development of values, capacities, skills, and competences of the students and other members of the university community, in an integral way, by means of tools like physical recreational activities, retreats and camps, at the place of study, coordinated with different key actors in Academic and Administrative Departments, Schools, Associations, and others. The program is offered free of charge and it benefits a large student population.

For further information about the Recreational Programs call 2511-4142 or 2511-4129, or visit the facilities of Sports, Recreational and Artistic Programs located across the Carlos Monge Alfaro Library, former Saprissa Building.

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