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Our current research activities are as follow. The list is in no particular order.

  • Scientific development of performance diagnostics in sports climbing (Contact | Details)
  • Teaching Diagnostics and Feedback of Physical Education Student Teachers with Modern Media (Contact | Details)
  • "LeHet" – Consulting and promotion of student athletes in physical education (Contact | Details)

  • Flexibility in Multitasking: Impact of Predictability in Visuomotor Performance (Contact | Details)

  • Health competences as key to long-lasting health and a health stimulating lifestyle? A longitudinal quasi-experimental control trial with University Staff focussing on Yoga   (Contact | Details)

  • NRW-Sport Schools – A longitudinal study in a stresstheoretical perspective to combine school and athletic career (Contact | Details)

  • Elite Soccer Schools – A longitudinal study in a stresstheoretical perspective to combine school and soccer career (Contact | Details)

  • Health.edu (Contact | Details)

  • Physical Fitness in Primary School (Contact | Details)

  • Instructor quality, motivation and dropout in group exercise classes (Contact | Details)
  • Movement time, intensity and distances in soccer P.E. lessons   (Contact | Details)

Scientific development of performance diagnostics in sports climbing

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Contact persons: PD Dr. Claudia Augste and Prof. Dr. Stefan Künzell
Funding: Bundesinstitut für Sportwissenschaft (BISp)
Term: January 2018 - December 2019

Project description: The aim of the project is to scientifically develop performance diagnostics for the „Olympic Combined“ competition in sports climbing. First, existing tests are evaluated. For further performance components new tests are developed. The complete test will be applied to different levels of climbers to determine the relevant parameters and to develop a structural performance model for sports climbing. With the new test battery athletes of the national squads will be analyzed and performance profiles will be provided.


Teaching Diagnostics and Feedback of Physical Education Student Teachers with Modern Media

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Contact persons: Prof. Dr. Stefan Künzell, Sandra Korban & Michaela Brams

Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Term: October 2015 - September 2018

Project description: The Federal Ministry of Education and Research launched a program "Qualitätsoffensive Lehrerbildung" to invent and investigate new approaches to teacher training. Under the direction of Prof. Andreas Hartinger, the University of Augsburg applied successfully for the project “Promoting Teachers' Professional Development in Dealing with Heterogeneity”. Within that project, Sandra Korban, Michaela Brams and Stefan Künzell investigate Training of diagnostic and feedback competences in Physical Education by means of modern media”. In the first place, we analyze if feedback and instructions presented by videos on tablet pcs with special apps help to develop diagnostic competences of PE teachers. Additionally, we investigate the impact of this instrument to motor skill learning. Secondly, we investigate the applicability of these apps in the classroom, where the PE students provide peer mediated feedback instead of teacher’s feedback.

We hypothesize that the use of modern media do have a positive impact on physical education teacher education (PETE). If the results of our project confirm this hypothesis, feedback and diagnostic training with tablet-pcs and apps will be sustainably integrated in PETE courses in the academic (1st state exam) and in the practical (2nd state exam) phase of teacher education.

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"LeHet" – Consulting and promotion of student athletes in physical education

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Contact persons: Prof. Dr. Hans Peter Brandl-Bredenbeck & Kathrin Weiß

Funding: BMBF

Term: October 2016 – October 2018

Project description: Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Hartinger, the project „LeHet“ is implemented at the University of Augsburg in the context of a program to improve the quality of teacher training (funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research ("Qualitätsoffensive Lehrerbildung"; Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)). The chair of Sport Pedagogy participates with the subproject „LeSeif – Leistungsstarke SchülerInnen im Unterrichtsfach Sport erkennen, individuell beraten und fördern“ (individual support of student athletes in Physical Education) .

„LeSeif“ focuses on ways to increase teacher professionality concerning student athletes in physical education. Student athletes are often confronted with motivational conflicts concerning the challenge of striving for conflicting academic, athletic and leisure goals. Common examples for strategies to cope with these conflicts are multitasking or sticking to a linear and time-saving order. Empirical findings on motivational conflicts confirm their negative influence on performance in at least one of the conflicting areas as well as on well-being and achievement motivation.

The project examines specific parameters which determine the occurrence and frequency of inner motivational conflicts. This offers the possibility to take into account their respective concepts and strategies in order to provide useful individual support for student athletes.

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Flexibility in Multitasking: Impact of Predictability in Visuomotor Performance

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Contact persons: Prof. Dr. Stefan Künzell & Harald Ewolds

Funding: DFG

Term: October 2015 – October 2018

As part of the DFG Prioriy Program 1772 „Human Performance under Multiple Cognitive Task Requirements: From Basic Mechanisms to Optimized Task Scheduling“ the Professorship of Movement and Training Science in Augsburg, in cooperation with Markus Raab of the DSHS Köln and Rita de Oliveira of LSBU in London, work on the research project „Flexibility in Multitasking: Impact of Predictability in Visuomotor Performance“.

The goal of the project is to investigate the effect of predictability on dual-task performance In Augsburg the effect of predictability stemming from knowledge of the task demands is laid bare while in Cologne predictability through visual cues is tested.

With 8 experiments the project in Augsburg aims to unravel the precise influence of predictability on multitasking performance by providing participants with either explicit or implicit knowledge of one of the two tasks or both tasks. The primary task is a visual-manual task while the secondary task is an auditory-motor task. The hypothesis is that by increasing the predictability by providing useful knowledge of the task multitasking performance is increased, and secondly, that this is the case even when the knowledge is not made explicit (the participants are not aware of the predictability).

The results of the project – together with those from the other Priority Program projects - should lead to major theoretical and practical advances in the field of multitasking research. The hypothesis that the selection of movements can’t occur simultaneously will be thoroughly tested. We expect that the results will lead to practical consideration in fields where multitasking skills are required or advantageous such as professional sports, surgery or the management of a nuclear power plant.

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Health competences as key to long-lasting health and a health stimulating lifestyle? A longitudinal quasi-experimental control trial with University Staff focussing on Yoga

Contact persons: Prof. Dr. Hans Peter Brandl-Bredenbeck & Lena Kroll

Funding: TK (Techniker Krankenkasse)

Term: November 2015 – September 2018

Project description: From 2015-2017, a longitudinal survey at the University of Augsburg examines the long-term influences of an intervention on health, health behavior and health competences of University staff. The intervention focusing on Yoga comprises four standardized modules,

"1 - the health-related basis" (10-weeks Yoga classes),

"2 - the transfer into working life" (individualized and supported at the working place)

"3 - the integration in working and everyday life" (self-dependent) and

“4 - continuation in everyday life”

The survey consists of a longitudinal quasi-experimental control trial (t1-Nov.2015, t2-Feb.2016, t3-Nov.2016, t4-Nov.2017) using validated scales on health (WHOQOL-Bref, WHO, 2000), on work-related behavior and experience patterns (AVEM, Schaarschmidt & Fischer, 2008), on health behaviour (FEG, Dlugosch, 1995), on health literacy / competence (Lenartz, 2012), and on the actual physical well-being (WKV-20, Kleinert, 2006). The longitudinal sample is formed by 91 individuals in the intervention group and 130 individuals in the control group.

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NRW-Sport Schools – A longitudinal study in a stresstheoretical perspective to combine school and athletic career

Contact persons: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Miriam Kehne (University of Paderborn) & Jennifer Breithecker (University of Augsburg)

Funding: Own resources

Term: Since 2011

Project description: North Rhine-Westphalian Sport Schools (NRW-Sport Schools) are special educational settings and programs supported by the ministry for education of the German federal state North Rhine-Westphalia to promote young athletes. Currrently, about 28 schools to facilitate dual careers exist in NRW. They aim to balance the demands of school and sport as well as to guarantee a positive personality development for the adolescents. Up-to-date there are no research results on the effectiveness of these schools in a stresstheoretical perspective. The longitudinal study with a control group design started in 2011. Since then a NRW-Sport School in Paderborn is evaluated every year. Up-to-date about 800 students participated in the project. The study combines qualitative (movement diaries) and quantitative methods (cognitive tests, questionnaire) to measure chronic stress (scales based on Richartz, Hoffmann & Sallen, 2009) and protective resources (scales based on Gerlach & Brettschneider, 2013; Brettschneider & Klimek, 1998).

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Elite Soccer Schools – A longitudinal study in a stresstheoretical perspective to combine school and soccer career

Contact persons: Prof. Dr. Hans Peter Brandl-Bredenbeck & Jennifer Breithecker

Funding: Own resources

Term: Since 2013

Project description: Elite Soccer Schools are special setting with their own educational programs supported by the German Soccer Association (DFB) to promote young soccer talents. Currrently, about 35 schools to facilitate dual careers exist nationwide. They aim to balance school and sport pressure as well as to guarantee a positive personality development for the adolescents. Up-to-date there are no research results on the effectiveness of these schools in a stresstheoretic perspecitve. The longitudinal study with control groups started in 2013 and since then evaluates one local Bavarian Elite Soccer School in a yearly data collection modus. Up-to-date about 400 students participated in the project. The study combines qualitative (movement diaries) and quantitative methods (cognitive tests, questionnaire) to measure chronic stress (scales based on Richartz, Hoffmann & Sallen, 2009) and protective resources (scales based on Gerlach & Brettschneider, 2013; Brettschneider & Klimek, 1998). The project is linked to university seminars, to give students insights into empirical data collection and research.

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Health.edu (part of the Capital4Health research association)

Contact: Prof. Dr. Hans Peter Brandl-Bredenbeck, Mandy Lutz

External staff: Prof. Dr. Ralf Sygusch (Universität Erlangen)(Teilprojektleiter);  Prof. Dr. Susanne Tittlbach (Universität Bayreuth),

Term: April 2015 – März 2018

Funding: BMBF (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung)

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Physical Fitness in Primary School

Contact Person: PD Dr. Claudia Augste

Funding: Own resources

Term: Since 2008

Project description: The secular trend of reduced physical fitness leads to increased health risks. We are interested to find early indicators for a healthy lifestyle. In this longitudinal study we focus on the motor behaviour and physical fitness of primary school children and on the social influences on these factors. We selected three primary schools in Augsburg in different urban districts and test the physical fitness of second graders with the German Motor Test 6-18 every five years.

Publications of this research project

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Instructor quality, motivation and dropout in group exercise classes

Contact persons: Julia Herb (University of Freiburg), Jennifer Breithecker (University of Augsburg), Christina Rogler (University of Augsburg), Dr. Ulrike Hegar (University of Freiburg), Prof. Dr. Hans Peter Brandl-Bredenbeck (University of Augsburg), Prof. Dr. Petra Gieß-Stüber (University of Freiburg)

Funding: Own resources

Term: November 2016

Project description: Self-determined forms of motivation are a key-predictor for participation in exercise classes. Based on self-determination theory (SDT: Deci & Ryan, 2002) this study aims to explain the relationships between perceived instructor quality, participants´ motivation and dropout in group exercise classes and the mediating role of psychological needs in this relationship. Data was collected in health related exercise programs at two German universities (N=926). The quantitative, cross-sectional study used validated scales on perceived instructor quality (individual feedback, precision of instructions, structuring the lesson and interpersonal involvement; Herb, in press), satisfaction of the psychological needs (autonomy, competence and relatedness; Rackow, Scholz & Hornung, 2013) as well as on motivation (intrinsic, identified, introjected and extrinsic; Fuchs, Seelig & Kilian, 2005). The project was linked to university seminars, to give students insights into empirical data collection and research.

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Movement time, intensity and distances in soccer P.E. lessons

Contact persons: Jennifer Breithecker (University of Augsburg), David Jaitner (University of Cologne), Malte Siegle (Technical University of Munich), Daniel Link (Technical University of Munich), Prof. Dr. Hans Peter Brandl-Bredenbeck (University of Augsburg), Prof. Dr. Martin Lames (Technical University of Munich)

Funding: Own resources

Term: October 2013 – June 2014

Project description: Since the 1960s, sport pedagogy research has several times investigated and analyzed movement time and intensity in P.E. lessons. Both determinants are often interpreted as one possible predictor for the effectiveness of P.E. lessons in school context – besides others. The research project links to this discussion by additionally measuring moving distances with the help of a modern tracking system called Local Position Measurement System (LPM-System). Exemplary, the study focused on soccer as one widespread curricular content in P.E. lessons. For measuring purpose, lesson transcripts, heart rate monitors and GPS-vest (LPM-System) were used. The research project took place in October 2013 (indoor) and June 2014 (outdoor) at a local school. In total 356 students participated from class five to class ten. The data analysis (MANOVA) focused on differences regarding the setting (indoor/outdoor), lesson (single/double), gender (male/female) and age group. For future investigations the project will look at other lesson contents besides soccer like basketball or hockey.

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