Staff Profiles

Dr. Comfort J Mokgothu

Mokgothu CJ

Faculty of Education

Sports Science

HoD/Senior Lecturer

Location: 3555220
Phone: 73164317
Email Dr. Comfort J Mokgothu

PhD in Physical Activity & Sports Studies (Motor Learning & Development) University of Pittsburgh-USA

Master of Science in Health, Physical & Recreation Studies (Developmental Movement) University of Pittsburgh - USA

Bachelor of Education (Physical Education) University of Plymouth-UK

Comfort J. Mokgothu is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department in the Department of Sport Science, He holds a PhD in Physical Activity & Sports Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in USA. Before joining the University he worked as an Instructor in the Department of Health & Physical Activity at the University of Pittsburgh (USA) from 2003 to 2007. He worked as a Principal Education Officer (PE) in the then Ministry of Education. As a Motor Learning & Development Specialist, his research interest involves examining relationship between physical fitness & cognitive function especially amongst children and youth as well as how children develop motor skills and the underlying factors. He has worked as a Program Director for Kinder Kinetics program at the University of Pittsburgh in the USA where he worked with 3 to 12 year olds with Autism and Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Delays. He is a member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance and the North American Society for Sport Psychology and Physical Activity. He currently sits in BNSC's Sport Development Committee board as well as Coordinator of the University's High Performance Centre.

  • PHR 407 Motor Development & Movement experiences for Young Children
  • PHR 269 Motor Learning & Human Performance
  • PHR 268 Teaching PE in Secondary schools
  • PHR 737 Growth & Motor Behaviour
  • PHR 721 Motor Learning & Human Performance

  • Physical Activity/ Fitness
  • Motor Development & Assessment in Children
  • Cognitive Functioning/Processing
  • Skills Acquisition
  • Decision Making 
  • Curriculum Development
  • Developmental Movement


  1. Mokgothu C. J. (2018) Physical Fitness/Activity and Cognitive Function: Are They Related in Children? Mosenodi. Journal of the Botswana Research Association. Vol. 21. No 1. pp 58-70. ISSN 1021-559X.
  2. Adegbesan O. A, Mokgothu CJ. (2016) Sleep, Anxiety and Coping Experiences of Nigerian Athletes Prior to Competition Nigeria Journal of Sport Science and Medicine
  3. Suping, S. M; Mokgothu C.J; Garegae, K. G (2012) Fairness in Assessing Students: BGCSE Teaching Syllabus vs Assessment Syllabus. Journal of Educational Assessment in Africa, Vol.7 pp 114 - 121
  4. Mokgothu C. J. and Gallagher J. D. (2010) Effects of aerobic fitness on attention, memory and decision-making in children Inter. Journal of Body Composition Research. Vol. 8, s 37- 44. ISSN 1479 – 456X
  5. Fontana F. E; Mazzardo O; Mokgothu C. J. (2009) Influence of Exercise Intensity on the Decision-Making Performance of Experienced and Inexperienced Soccer Players. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology,Vol 31. No. 2, pp 135 –

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