Motorik-Modul Study



Motor performance and physical activity are important aspects of healthy development in childhood and adolescence. The main objective of the Motorik-Modul Longitudinal Study (MoMo) is to analyze the developmental as well as the historical and periodic trends in motor performance and physical activity and their underlying influencing factors in Germany and thus to contribute to the long-term improvement of the health situation of children and adolescents. For example, the following questions will be answered:

  • Do active and "fit" children and adolescents remain active and "fit" adults?
  • Does physical activity have an influence on chronic diseases?

To this end, an analysis of the influencing factors of physical activity and motor performance and the effects of these areas on health development in childhood and adolescence will be undertaken. For this purpose, the MoMo data can also be linked to other content areas of the main survey (KiGGS) (e.g. physical and mental health, nutrition, environment).

Specifically, we pursue the following four objectives:

  • To describe the current status of motor performance, physical activity and biopsychosocial health factors.
  • To reveal trends and period effects of motor performance, physical activity and biopsychosocial health factors over time.
  • To describe the development of motor performance, physical (in)activity and biopsychosocial health factors over time.
  • Description and analysis of changes and development of motor performance, physical (in)activity and biopsychosocial health factors against the background of socio-ecological contexts and influencing factors.


  • Regular reporting on motor performance and physical activity of children and adolescents.

  • Longitudinal tracking and assessment of developmental trajectories.

  • Analysis of correlations between physical activity, motor performance and health.

  • Further development of a database with comparative data on activity behavior and norm data for individual motor tests of children and adolescents.

  • Implementation in practice: development and implementation of support measures e.g. in kindergarten, school or sports club

General conditions

  • Study concept: The Motorik-Modul is a sub-module of the study on the health of children and adolescents in Germany (Gesundheit von Kindern und Jugendlichen in Deutschland, KiGGS) for the further recording of the motor skills and physical activity of children, adolescents and young adults in Germany.

  • Survey waves: MoMo baseline survey (2003-2006), MoMo wave 1 (2009-2012), MoMo wave 2 (2014-2017), MoMo wave 3 (2018-2020).

  • Project Implementation: Institute of Sports and Sports Science of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Physical Education and Sport of the Karlsruhe University of Education (since 2011) and the Robert Koch Institute Berlin;
    Department of Sports Science at the University of Konstanz (2009 to 2014) and Department of Sport and Physical Activity at the University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd (2009 to 2011).

  • Project and network management: Prof. Dr. Alexander Woll, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

  • Deputy head of the network: Prof. Dr. Annette Worth, Karlsruhe University of Education

  • Project sponsor: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

  • Scientific advisory board : Prof. Dr. K. Bös (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Dr. T. Ziese (Robert Koch Institute, Berlin), Prof. Dr. B. Renner (University of Konstanz), Prof. Dr. W. Brehm (Hong Kong Institute of Education)