Physical education as a subject area at GIH was formed when the institution again became an independent university in 1992. The area then became one of three within the bachelor's subject of sports – the other areas were human biology and humanities-social sciences.
Educational scientist Peter J. Arnold's thoughts on knowledge in motion guided the work. This means that learning and exploration in the field occur through participation and practice of sports.
Physical education is not only about knowledge of movement techniques but also, for example, the culture surrounding movement practice with norms and values, the basic skills, of course, and how these can be expressed in different contexts.