Chair: Prof. Dr. Klaus Pfeifer

The Division Exercise and Health investigates the health-related potential of physical activity and exercise. Here, possibilities for the enhancement of movement related health competence focus on  the spectrum between physiological adaptations and individual health behavior. Therefore, questions related to basic conditions and assessment methods as well as to conceptualization, realization and evaluation of respective interventions are addressed.

The division pursues an integrative-cooperative research approach. In the context of interdisciplinary application-oriented projects, there are several close cooperations with physicians, psychologists, pedagogues, physiotherapists, gerontologists etc. The division is – together with the Division Physical Activity and Public Health - in charge of the International Master Program “Physical Activity and Health”.

Current Research

Movement-related Health Promotion  – Exercise Therapy and Health Enhancing Physical Activity

The development and evaluation of evidence-based exercise therapy concepts for persons with chronic diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Morbus Parkinson, Low Back Pain, Diabetes Mellitus, Cardiovascular Diseases or Arthritis is of high relevance. The combination of physical exercise with cognitive-behavioural and experience-related intervention methods supports the enhancement of body functions and –structures, the strengthening of psychosocial resources and the initiation of and adherence to a physically active lifestyle. In addition to this, innovative intervention forms like internetbased physical activity promotion are being evaluated.  

Rehabilitation Science

Exercise therapy is a central component in the rehabilitation of persons with chronic diseases and other health disorders. The optimization of exercise related rehabilitative care is especially important with regard to a broad biopsychosocial understanding of health (ICF  of the WHO). Here, the conceptualization, implementation and evaluation of innovative care concepts characterized by an integrative interprofessional approach are addressed.

Interdisciplinary Human Movement and Exercise Science

This field addresses sensorimotor and biomechanical diagnostics as well as empirical studies about the efficacy of exercise interventions. Specifically, the efficacy of sensorimotor resp. neuromuscular training in different areas of application like the prevention and therapy of sports injuries or exercise programs for the elderly are in the centre of attention.