Research Areas

  • Biomechanical modelling of human motion
  • Stability analysis of muscle-skeletal systems
  • Bridging the gap between neuroscience and biomechanics
  • Methods: Non-linear stability analysis of biomechanical equation of motions;
  • Kinematic and dynamic motion analysis (high-speed video and force plates);
  • Electromyography

Combining biomechanics and motor control is a consequence of latest developments in both fields of research, because motor control and biomechanical properties of the musculoskeletal system are closely connected. Here many interesting questions are raised, not only for sports science in particular but also for neighbouring fields in general.

Selected Publications

Wagner, H., Giesl, P., & Blickhan, R. (2007). Musculoskeletal stabilization of the elbow - Complex or real. Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology, 7(3), 275-296.

Siebert, T., Sust, M., Thaller, S., Tilp, M., & Wagner, H. (2007). An improved method to determine neuromuscular properties using force laws - From single muscle to applications in human movements. Hum Mov Sci, 26(2), 320-341.

Blickhan, R., Seyfarth, A., Geyer, H., Grimmer, S., Wagner, H., & Gunther, M. (2007). Intelligence by mechanics. Philos Transact A Math Phys Eng Sci, 365(1850), 199-220.

Wagner, H., & Blickhan, R. (2003). Stabilizing function of antagonistic neuromusculoskeletal systems: an analytical investigation. Biol Cybern, 89(1), 71-79.

Wagner, H., & Blickhan, R. (1999). Stabilizing function of skeletal muscles: an analytical investigation. J Theor Biol, 199(2), 163-179.

Academic CV

1989-1995 Studies in sport science and physics
(University of Frankfurt)
1996-2000 PhD studies in biomechanics and motion science
(University of Jena)
2001-2005 Academic assistant in motion science
(University of Jena)
since 2006 Professor for motion science
(University of Muenster)