At the centre of our research interest is human movement, which is an important part of life because it ensures physical mobility and thus the interaction with the environment. Physical mobility is the basis of sporting activities and an important element in the prevention and rehabilitation of cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and neurological diseases. In addition, a reduced physical mobility can lead to cardiovascular disease and a weakening of the musculoskeletal system.
Against this background, the aim of our research is to deepen our understanding of the functioning of human movements, i.e. the interaction of the central nervous system and the musculoskeletal system, which enables coordinated movement behavior in everyday life and sport. Of particular interest is how the central nervous system and the musculoskeletal system adapt to training stimuli, how the interaction between the central nervous system and the musculoskeletal system changes, and how training protocols must be designed in order to achieve optimal adaptations in sports and rehabilitation. A deeper understanding of these processes will provide impetus for the development and evaluation of modern technologies in medicine (e.g. orthoses) as well as computer and engineering sciences (e.g. robotics) in order to improve human-technology interaction. To achieve these goals, we pursue an interdisciplinary research approach that integrates research strands from sports science, motor control, biomechanics, neuroscience, medicine, computer science and engineering sciences.