Prof. Dr. habil. Christian Schlenstedt

Professor for Sports Science and Neurorehabilitation

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20457 Hamburg

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Prof. Dr. Christian Schlenstedt studied Sport Sciences and Mathematics at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany. After a research stay at the University of La Coruna, Spain, he worked from 2011 - 2015 as a scientist in the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH), Kiel, Germany. In 2015, he did his PhD in Sport Sciences at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany. He then moved to Portland, USA, for a research stay at the Oregon Health & Science University in 2016. After his return, he was head of the Research Group Neuromechanics & Neurorehabilitation in the Department of Neurology, UKSH, Kiel, Germany, from 2017 – 2021. He habilitated 2020 in Sport Sciences at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany. In September 2021, he joined the team of the Medical School Hamburg as Professor for Sport Sciences and Neurorehabilitation.


Prof. Dr. Christian Schlenstedt has been involved in teaching activities for the Sport Sciences Bachelor and Master study programs at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany. He further has teaching experiences in the education of physiotherapists, Lubinus Clinicum Kiel, and University of Applied Science Kiel, Germany. He also gave lectures at the Medical Faculty, University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germany. Prof. Dr. Christian Schlenstedt supervised bachelor, master and doctoral theses at the Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany. Since 2021 he gives lectures at the Medical School Hamburg.

Research Interest 

Primary aim of Prof. Dr. Christian Schlenstedt’s research is the study of the impact of exercise to improve mobility and health in neurological diseases. He follows an interdisciplinary approach by combining methods of sport sciences, physical therapy and neurosciences. He has a special interest in studying the effectiveness of exercise to improve gait and balance, particularly in Parkinson’s disease. To study human motor control, Prof. Dr. Christian Schlenstedt uses methods from the field of neuromechanics. He combines neurophysiological with biomechanical approaches to understand disease specific mechanisms and to investigate treatment effects. Among others he is principal investigator of a multi-center trial investigating Split-Belt-Treadmill to treat gait disorders in people with Parkinson’s disease. His work was honored by the German Foundation of Sport Sciences and the Fürst Donnersmarck Foundation.

Prof. Dr. Christian Schlenstedt acted as a reviewer for several (>30) international peer-reviewed journals (e.g. Movement Disorders, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, Experimental Brain Research or Gait & Posture). He served as a reviewer for the German Research Foundation, the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation and the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology. He is member of the International Society for Posture and Gait Research, the German Association of Parkinson’s disease and the German Society of Analysis of Human Motor Control and its Clinical Application.



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