Against this background, the aim of our research is to understand the functioning of human movements, i.e. the interplay of the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system, which enables coordinated movement behavior. Of particular interest to us is how training protocols need to be structured and how modern technologies (e.g. orthoses or exoskeletons) need to be designed in order to improve this interplay and thereby motor performance in different areas (e.g. everyday life, sports or therapy). Our research addresses the following topics:

  • Control and biomechanics of human movements
  • Effects of learning / training on the control and biomechanics of human movements
  • Effects of sports (e.g. running shoes), medical (e.g. orthoses) and assistive (e.g. exoskeletons) technologies on the control and biomechanics of human movements
  • Performance diagnostics in different areas (e.g. sports or therapy)

To achieve these goals, we work as an interdisciplinary team that connects different strands of research from sports science, neuroscience, medicine, computer and engineering science within the framework of experimental and computational studies.

At the IfSS, the BioMotion Center represents the natural sciences of sports (motor control, biomechanics, training science, sports informatics & engineering). We are anchored in the KIT research structures via memberships in the KIT Centers „Information · Systems · Technologie“ and „Humans and Technology“

New publication in „Bioengineering“

Fadillioglu, C., Möhler, F., Reuter, M. & Stein, T. (2022). Changes in Key Biomechanical Parameters according to the Expertise Level in Runners at Different Running Speeds. Bioengineering, 9 (11), 616.
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Bauerfeind AG funds new project!

Bauerfeind AG is funding a joint project application by Prof. Sell, Prof. Stein & Dr. Stetter on the topic „Biomechanical evaluation of a sensor-equipped knee brace for joint load estimation in patients with knee osteoarthritis“.
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New publication in „Leistungssport“

Spancken, S., Hoffmann, M., Müller, S., Steingrebe, H. & Stein, T. (2022). Leistungsbestimmende Merkmale in den olympischen Disziplinen Luft- und Kleinkalibergewehr. Leistungssport, 52 (4), 26-31.
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Prof. Dr. Stein elected to the Speaker's Council of the dvs Section "Sports Informatics and Engineering”

At the 14th symposium of the dvs section "Sports Informatics and Engineering" in Chemnitz, Prof. Dr. Stein was elected to the speaker council of the section.
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New publication in „Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology“

Krafft, F.C., Herzog, M., Stein, T. & Sloot, L.H. (2022). Young individuals are more stable and stand more upright when using rollator assistance during standing up and sitting down. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, section Biomechanics

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New publication in „Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology“

Steingrebe, H., Stetter, B.J., Sell, S. & Stein, T. (2022). Effects of hip bracing on gait biomechanics, pain and function in subjects with mild to moderate hip osteoarthritis. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, section Biomechanics

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New publication in "Biology"

Möhler, F., Fadillioglu, C., Scheffler, L., Müller, H. & Stein, T. (2022). Running-Induced Fatigue Changes the Structure of Motor Variability in Novice Runners. Biology, 11, 942.
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Annual Conference of the DVS-Section “Motor Behavior” in 2022

The annual conference of the dvs-section “Motor Behavior” will take place from September 7 – 9 at the Institute of Sports and Sports Science. We would be happy to welcome you here! More info on our homepage.

New publication in "Orthopädie-Technik"

Focke, A.; Steingrebe, H.; Möhler, F.; Ringhof, S.; Sell, S.; Potthast, W.; Stein, T. (2022). Effekte verschiedener Orthesenkonzepte auf die Kniegelenkstabilität bei Patienten mit vorderer Kreuzbandruptur. Orthopädie-Technik, 73 (4), 68–75.
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New publication in "Frontiers in Human Neuroscience"

Herzog, M., Focke, A., Maurus, P., Thürer, B. & Stein, T. (2022). Random Practice Enhances Retention and Spatial Transfer in Force Field Adaptation. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
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New publication in "Frontiers in Robotics and Al"

Möller, T., Krell-Roesch, J., Woll, A. & Stein, T. (2022). Effects of upper-limb exoskeletons designed for use in the working environment - a literature review. Frontiers in Robotics and AI.
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New publication in „PLoS ONE”

Möhler, F., Fadillioglu, C. & Stein, T. (2022). Changes in spatiotemporal parameters, joint and CoM kinematics and leg stiffness in novice runners during a high-intensity fatigue protocol. PLoS ONE, 17 (4): e0265550.
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New publication in „Frontiers in Human Neuroscience”

Fadillioglu, C., Kanus, L., Möhler, F., Ringhof, S., Hellmann, D. & Stein, T. (2022). Influence of Controlled Stomatognathic Motor Activity on Sway, Control and Stability of the Center of Mass During Dynamic Steady-State Balance—An Uncontrolled Manifold Analysis. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 16:868828.
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Doctorate with highest distinction for Felix Möhler

Felix Möhler received his doctorate with summa cum laude honors on the topic "Unraveling the Effects of Expertise and Fatigue on Kinematics and Stride-to-Stride Variability in Running" – Congratulations!

DFG funds new project

The DFG is funding a joint project proposal by Prof. Stein and Prof. Sell (both IfSS) with Dr. van Drongelen (University Hospital Frankfurt) on the topic of „Improving surgical treatment outcomes in Hip Osteoarthritis based on Biomechanical and Biomarker Discoveries (HOBBID)“
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DFG funds follow-up project

The DFG funds the follow-up project proposal of Prof. Stein (IfSS) and Prof. Schmitter (University Hospital Würzburg) on the topic of „Influence of the craniomandibular system on human posture control during dynamic balance tasks“
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