Departments

Movement Science

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.

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Physical Education and Teaching Research

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. 

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EU-Studies in Physical Education and Youth Sport

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.

Neuromotor behavior and exercise

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.

Social Sciences of Sports

We do research on the role of sport in contemporary societies, its changes and functions, and aim to make informed guesses about the future of sport.

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Sport Pedagogy and Sport History

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.

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Sport Psychology

In our department we study the human behavior and cognition in sports (causes, conditions, objectives) and try to predict and influence the behavior of athletes.