Profile of the research cluster »Exercise and Health«
We look at the field »Exercise and Health« from different angles in our research cluster. For example, we examine health-related physical effects of professional athletes (e.g. injuries, damage of overuse and long-term damages) as well as health promoting effects of physical activity. We carry out research with a diverse group of participants, ranging from elite athletes to recreational athletes up to the sick person that benefits from therapeutic/rehabilitative physical movement strategies in secondary and tertiary prevention approaches.
The research cluster encompasses three scientific closely-connected key areas:
- Prevention, diagnostics and treatment of injuries, overuse damage and long-term effects in professional athletes. Training optimization and the translation of research findings to the general population and patients,
- Effects of physical activity on primary, secondary and tertiary prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of physical and psychological disorders (»Exercise is Medicine«)
- Improvement of cognitive skills and motor learning in neurological and geriatric rehabilitation.
This approach is innovative in translating sport scientific and sport-medical, as well as pedagogic-/neuropsychological findings into treatment of neurological, orthopedic, psychiatric and geriatric patients.