Research in sport science

Research in sports science deals with phenomena and questions from the fields of sports and professional practice. We investigate these in eight sub-disciplines from basic research to practical application.

How we work

We maintain close cooperation with sports associations and schools, work together with sports teachers and support athletes and coaches. Our work is characterized by interdisciplinary cooperation within the faculty, with other faculties of the RUB, the universities of the University Alliance Ruhr (UAR) as well as national and international cooperation partners. Even beyond the core area of sports, our expertise offers a variety of points of contact for research and professional practice.

How do competitive athletes regenerate best? How do they optimise their sleep? How do you develop reliable and meaningful questionnaire procedures? These are questions of sports psychology research.

Human movements are - from the perspective of movement science - the result of a coordinative use of the skeletal musculature under the given physical conditions. This means that two aspects play an important role: the musculature and neuronal control.

This educational and research area is characterised by the development and use of multidisciplinary combinations of methods from sport science, psychology, neuroscience and geoinformatics.

The sports and exercise area is committed to applying scientific findings in practice. The transfer takes place in the form of numerous cooperations with organisations from the fields of sport and health promotion.

Which badminton drills are effective? How to test a goalkeeper? How to optimize the serve in tennis? What is effective about HIIT protocols and the ice barrel? We are working on five research areas in MoveLab of the faculty and on the sports field. Our diagnostics mobile takes us where we need to go.

Which images and concepts of the body underlie the various practical areas of sport and what role do they play within the (sport) pedagogical contexts? The teaching and research area of sport pedagogy and didactics focuses on these questions.

Studies on organisational development regarding sports in associations take an exposed role in this field of research. They analyse organisational structures and processes, aspects of the members' behaviour and actions and facets of the quality of service.

Simulations with dummies, video recordings of movement sequences, eyesight tests or audiometry, blood tests - all this is done in the labs of the sports science department.

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