Institute of Sports and Sports Science (IfSS)

Motorik module longitudinal study

The motor module (MoMo), which is part of the children’s and adolescent health survey (KiGGS) of Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in Berlin, was initially funded as a cross-sectional study by the Federal Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport from 2003 until 2006 and provided representative data on a national level concerning the motor performance and physical activity of children and adolescents (N = 4,528) between the ages of 4 and 17 years.

The follow-up application to the MoMo baseline study entitled "Physical fitness and physical activity as determinants of health development in children and adolescents" was approved until 2021 after receiving approval from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in March 2015. The continuation of the MoMo study as a combined cross-sectional and longitudinal study is carried out as a joint project of KIT, Pädagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe and RKI under the overall direction of Professor Dr. med. Alexander Woll of KIT. A total of 5,106 children, adolescents and young adults participated in MoMo study Wave 1 from 2009 to 2012. MoMo study Wave 2 has already been started and builds on the baseline survey and MoMo study Wave 1.  Website

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InCoPE (2019-2021)

InCoPE (Individualized Cognitive and Physical Exercise) is based on the findings of the previous project “Physical Activity against Dementia” and is funded by the Dietmar Hopp Foundation. InCoPE focusses on the individualization of elements of a physical exercise program for individuals with dementia (IWD). Current cognitive and motor abilities of the IWD are the basis for the individualization. The individualized physical exercise program will take place in nursing homes and will be provided by a mobile application (InCoPE-App). Thus, it contributes to the current research in the field of digitalization and health. The main objective of the project is the evaluation of the feasibility and usability of the InCoPE-App. Furthermore, we want to gain preliminary findings about the effectiveness of the individualized physical exercise program on cognitive and motor functions in IWD. Website

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"Movement Against Dementia" (2014-2018)

Demographic change and the increase of age-related diseases make dementia a future topic in health research. In Germany, approx. 8% of persons over 65 years suffer from dementia. Until 2050, 152 million people with dementia are expected worldwide. The project “Physical Activity against Dementia” was initiated in 2014 in collaboration with the Dietmar Hopp foundation. The development of a dementia-specific, multimodal exercise program for the maintenance of motor and cognitive function in individuals with dementia (IWD) and the increase of quality of life were the main objectives of this project. We examined the effectiveness of the dementia-specific exercise program on motor and cognitive function in IWD within a randomized controlled trial including 344 IWD.  Website

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Hector Projekt

Fitness and health - these are the two most frequently mentioned reasons for Europeans to be active in sports. And yet 46% of Europeans over the age of 15 are not active in sports at all. The Hector Project under the scientific direction of Prof. Dr. Alexander Woll and Prof. Dr. Klaus Bös aims to promote the physical activity of Europeans through exercise programmes (e.g. the European Fitness Badge), walking and fitness measures (e.g. through the German Walking Institute e.V.) and diagnostics. The sustainability of the project is ensured by establishing partner structures with, among others, municipalities, health insurance companies and commercial enterprises. In some areas, links to the children and youth sector (MoMo study) and the internationalisation (HEPA strategy) are aimed. Further information is available

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The interdisciplinary research project SMARTACT is funded by the BMBF. As part of the project, an individual and context-based real-time intervention program will be developed and empirically tested. The aim of the intervention program is to improve eating and activity behaviour using mobile technology. The sports science sub-project - SMARTFAMILY - examines the influence of the family environment on everyday health behaviour, especially nutrition and physical activity. The focus is on developing a family-based intervention that promotes the activity and eating habits of family members. Including two presentations by Carol Boushey and Stephen Sutton. Website

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MoRe Data

Mo|Re data is a DFG-funded interdisciplinary project conducted under the direction of the Institute of Sports and Sports Science in cooperation with the KIT library and external IT experts. 
The aim of the project is to provide a reliable platform for publication and archiving of research data in sports science. Motor data are prepared for citation and thus made scientifically useful for interested research groups. In addition, Mo|Re data generates comprehensive standard data and makes materials available for motor tests. In a first step, the focus will be on the data of the Deutsche Motorik-Test 6-18, as well as other selected standardized test tasks with a high degree of dissemination. Website

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Deutscher Motorik-Test 6-18 (DMT 6-18)

Motor performance is closely related to health. This relationship solidifies with increasing age. The current discussion in science, the media and the public shows that the performance of today's children and adolescents has declined compared to previous generations.
On behalf of the Sports Ministers' Conference, the dvs ad-hoc committee "Motorische Tests für Kinder und Jugendliche" developed DMT 6-18, which allows us to continually raise the level of motor skills and abilities of children and adolescents, nationwide, so that future policy decisions can be made on the basis of reliable data. Website 

Gesundheit zum Mitmachen - 1992 bis 2015

As part of the project "Gesundheit zum Mitmachen", which is funded by the municipality of Bad Schönborn, AOK Mittlerer Oberrhein and Institute of Sports and Sports Science at KIT, scientific research is carried out in addition to practical implementation in the field of community health promotion. This included in 2015 a new wave of investigation for the longitudinal analysis of the population of Bad Schönborn, which has been ongoing since 1992. Here, the relationship between activity, fitness, and health is collected in various sports-motor and medical examinations. From this, cross-sectional and longitudinal statements on the activity behaviour and performance of an adult group can be collected. Website 

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EATMOTIVE is an interdisciplinary research project funded by the BMBF in which individual and social determinants of eating and movement behaviour are examined. This sports science research work package deals with the influence of the familial social context. As part of the project, the construct of the Family Health Climate (FHC) was developed. The FHC reflects the individual experience of family life as well as perceptions and evaluations of typical family routines and interaction patterns. The relevance of this new construct as a social determinant of health behaviour has been demonstrated in several studies.

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Activity KIT

Das Projekt activity kit startete Ende 2017 mit dem primären Ziel, Studierenden mehr Bewegung im Alltag zu ermöglichen. Auf diese Weise sollen individuelle Ressourcen, das Gesundheitsbewusstsein und die Gesundheitskompetenz gestärkt werden. Das Verbundprojekt besteht aus drei Teilprojekten:

Stand up, students!: bewegte Lehr- und Lernkultur statt sedentary behaviour

Students on stairs: kreative Lösungen und Nudges für mehr Treppennutzung von Studierenden

Inklusiv mobil: regelmäßiges inklusives Sportangebot im Curriculum des IfSS als auch im Hochschulsport

Wichtiger Bestandteil ist die Partizipation von Studierenden, welche aktiv bei der Projektentwicklung und -durchführung beteiligt sind. Des Weiteren gibt es eine enge Zusammenarbeit mit dem Studienzentrum für Sehgeschädigte, der Beauftragten für Studierende mit Behinderung und chronischer Krankheit, dem studentischen Gesundheitsmanagement am KIT (MyHealth), dem Netzwerk Gesundheit, dem Hochschulsport sowie der Bibliothek und dem Referat Campusentwicklung.

Das Projekt ist Teil der deutschlandweiten Initiative Bewegt studieren – Studieren bewegt! und besitzt eine Laufzeit bis März 2019. Website

Dt. Empfehlungen für Bewegung und Bewegungsförderung – a project for scientific conceptualisation


The project is funded over a period of 2 years (2014 - 2016) by the Federal Ministry of Health and is performed in cooperation with the universities of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Frankfurt, Münster and the DSHS Köln. The project aims at scientific conceptualisation for German recommendations for exercise and physical activity. The conceptualisation should build on the international and national state of research, as well as on existing national recommendations for the promotion of exercise and physical activity. In addition, focus is placed on the development of quality criteria and the identification of examples of good practice.

In scientific conceptualisation, three contiguous work complexes are handled:

(A) Recommendations for exercise (supervisor: Prof. Dr. Klaus Pfeifer, FAU)
(B) Recommendations for the promotion of physical activity (supervisor: Prof. Dr. Alfred Rütten, FAU)
(C) Examples of good practice (supervisor: Prof. Dr. Alexander Woll, KIT)

Based on the subsections (A) and (B), "Examples of Good Practice” (C) are being developed for various target groups at KIT's Institute of Sports and Sports Science using a sophisticated scientific literature analysis and classified using basic quality criteria for the promotion of physical activity.

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