The Department of Movement Science represents two research and teaching divisions; biomechanics - characterized by natural and physical sciences - and kinematics as a motoric aligned technical discipline.
Our department addresses the production of sport didactical processes in curricular and extra-curricular sport settings. In particular our profile targets the promotion of children and adolescents in the field of motion, play and sports.
We focus our applied research on different curricular and extra-curricular settings of physical activity, games and sports where children and adolescents live, e.g. with their parents at home, at kindergarten, at school, at a sports club and with peers in their local communities.
Our main research fieds are motor development, motor learning and movement control over the life span, the connection between motor and cognitive performance and the importance of motor skills for lifelong learning. A particular interest is the role of physical activity and exercise for cognitive development.
We concentrate on the one hand on sport historical research, current projects are e.g. the history of doping or soccer. On the other hand, we continue our tradition of sport pedagogical and anthropoligical issues such as exploring the role of competition or of the body in the culture.