Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Thomas Gronwald, MBA HCM

Professor for Sport Sciences

Am Kaiserkai 1
20457 Hamburg

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Thomas Gronwald completed his diploma studies in sports science with a focus on "prevention, rehabilitation and therapy" at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) from 2004 to 2008. Three years later, he completed his doctorate in the field of "Exercise Science and Sports Medicine". In 2015, Thomas Gronwald additionally completed a MBA degree on the job with a focus on "Health Care Management" at the University of Bayreuth.

From 2011 to 2015, Thomas Gronwald worked as a research associate at the Institute of Sports Science at the Martin Luther University Halle in teaching and research in the field of "Exercise Science and Sports Medicine". Subsequently, he was employed as a research associate at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (OvGU) and also took over the representation of the professorship for exercise and training science and the management of the section theory and practice of sports. In an honorary capacity, Thomas Gronwald was extensively involved in the training and further education of coaches of the Basketball Association of Saxony-Anhalt (BVSA) as head of the teaching department. Outside of academia, he has also gained extensive knowledge and experience in the field of exercise and sports therapy for children and adolescents (bronchial asthma, obesity) and adults (depression, multiple sclerosis), as well as performance diagnostics, training programming and monitoring for individual and team sport athletes, and workplace health promotion for medium-sized companies at the Institute for Performance Diagnostics and Health Promotion. Since 2016, he is also entrepreneurially active in the healthcare industry and aims to simplify the digitalization of biomarker analyses with the help of patient-centric remote applications. 

In 2015, Thomas Gronwald was appointed to the German University of Health and Sports (DHGS) (formerly University of Health and Sports, Technology and Arts) in Berlin as Professor of Exercise and Movement Science and also served as Dean of the Faculty of Sports Science. In this position, he was responsible for the development of the faculty's profile of sports science in general and exercise and training science in particular, as well as the degree programs "Sport and Applied Exercise Science" and "Life Coaching" as an interdisciplinary approach between the disciplines of psychology, nutrition science and sports science.


Thomas Gronwald has teaching experience in education of students in sports science bachelor's and master's programs as well as in physical education teaching students at the Universities of Halle and Magdeburg and the German University for Health and Sport. As a research associate at the Department of Sports Science at the University of Halle, he was responsible for methodical-practical exercises in strength and endurance training, lectures, seminars and projects in the field of physical fitness and exercise science. At the University of Magdeburg, Thomas Gronwald represented teaching for the vacant exercise science professorship and held seminars in the area of research methodology and biosignal analysis. At the German University of Health and Sport, he tooks over all modules in the area of exercise and training science (exercise and recovery management, long-term development of performance level, performance diagnostics, training programming and monitoring, etc.) as well as modules in health promotion through physical activity and research methodology.

Research focus

Thomas Gronwald's research focuses on applied exercise and training science, especially in the area of preventive training and external and internal load monitoring in fitness, health and competitive sports.

In the field of exercise and health science research, Thomas Gronwald has extensively worked on the topic of load monitoring in recreational and competitive sports. The influence of different execise variables on the central nervous system activation state during acute physical exercise was the focus of his doctoral thesis and enabled conclusions to be drawn for adequate training recommendation in both recreational and competitive sports. Follow-up studies also addressed the issue of whether functional adaptations took place at the central nervous system level beyond acute responses. A research paper on the influence of oxygen deficiency conditions (normobaric hypoxia) on central nervous system activation in cyclists was awarded the Young Investigator Award of the German Association for Sports Science (dvs). Currently, Thomas Gronwald is working on effects of fatigue processes on the autonomic and central nervous system and consequently on neuroenhancement strategies by variable exercise and training stimuli and injury reduction strategies in team sports. In the context of his habilitation he also worked on non-linear system- and homeodynamic self-regulation approaches of the human organism and on the evaluation of a new biomarker based on heart rate variability (HRV) for intensity control and threshold determination (GRH-transition) during endurance exercise.


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