Institute of Sports and Sports Science (IfSS)
The Institute of Sports and Sports Science is part of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). As a scientific facility, the institute performs research and teaching tasks and, as a service provider, offers courses in general university sports as well as in the diagnostics and counselling of athletes.
The research at the Institute of Sports and Sports Science serves to expand our knowledge in sports science and also provides the scientific foundation for and further development of teaching and degree studies. The research activities cover sports science theories, the development of diagnostic methods and exercise programs as well as their implementation and quality assurance.
The key areas are sports development, school sport research, fitness and health research as well as movement research and biomechanics.
The Institute of Sports and Sports Science offers the sports science bachelor's degree programme together with the health and fitness management minor and the consecutive sports science master’s degree program, as well as teaching degrees which focus on sports education for the scientific teaching qualification at secondary level, as well as a sport elective for sports instructors.
As part of the teaching degree's program, Institute of Sports and Sports Science, together with the Institut für Bewegungserziehung und Sport of the Pädagogischen Hochschule Karlsruhe, has created the 'Karlsruhe Model of Teacher Education'. Thanks to the opening up of study programs for students of both universities, the teacher degree program at the location Karlsruhe is unique in the state of Baden-Württemberg.
In joint sponsorship with the partner institute Pädagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe, the collaborative, national Research Centre for Physical Education and Sports of Children and Young People (FoSS) was set up to bring focus capacities at Karlsruhe, in a similar vein to teaching cooperation.
Institute management and Steering Committee
The Head of the Institute of Sports and Sports Science is Prof. Dr. Alexander Woll, who coordinates tasks in research, teaching and services and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the institute's administration in coordination with the institute’s Steering Committee. He represents the interests of the Institute of Sports and Sports Science within KIT and externally. His deputy Prof. Dr. Ulrich Ebner-Priemer takes over representation of the institute in case the Head is absent or otherwise engaged.
Currently, running of the institute with respect to teaching, research and service is carried out according to the instructions of the Head of the institute. The Managing Director of the institute is apl. Prof. Dr. Michaela Knoll, her deputy is Dr. Dietmar Blicker.