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Performance and Technology

Anchored in the engineering, natural science and clinical traditions of the Department (HST) our research is directed at both basic and applied research topics concerning human movement. On the basic level, we strive for a fundamental understanding of neuromuscular, physiological and biomechanical principles and possible adaptations to physical activity. We seek to develop and apply new research methods to assess plastic changes of the nervous system, the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems ranging from a cellular, organ and subsystem level to whole body adaptions in the interaction with the environment.

On the applied level, we make use of the generated new knowledge and methods for improving performance or preventing injuries in sports, exercise physiology, biomechanics and ergonomics. An important component of this effort is dedicated to the improvement of training modalities and equipment in parallel with innovative technological developments. Here, the interactions between athlete/worker with the equipment/tool are quantified to prevent injuries and promote rehabilitation in sports and in the working environment.

The Performance and Technology group consists of specialists from Engineering, Physiology, Physiotherapy, Sport Sciences, Coaching, Biomechanics and Ergonomics. The interdisciplinary character of the group enables us to holistically approach applied as well as fundamental research questions.

Fundamental areas:

  • Control of movement, role of afferent feedback in movement generation and balance control
  • Development of new models to investigate biological adaptation to loading and training
  • Novel concepts of linking physiological and mechanical responses, quantification of motor skill acquaintance
  • Development of data recording and analysis systems
  • Methods for signal processing of biological signals