Mohr Maurice

Name: Ass. Prof. Maurice Mohr, PhD


Phone number: +43 512 507 45871

Office location: HG-118

Tutorial hours: after arrangement

Address: Fürstenweg 185, 6020, Innsbruck


Research area: Biomechanics, Neurophysiology of exercise

Maurice was born in Wuppertal, Germany and completed his undergraduate degree in “Sports and Technology (B.Sc.) at the Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg in 2012. In 2013, Maurice moved to the University of Calgary, Canada where he spent the next six years working under the supervison of Dr. Benno Nigg at the Human Performance Laboratory. Following an internship in 2013, Maurice became a M.Sc. student at the Faculty of Kinesiology that same year and pursued a doctoral degree between 2015-2018. His work in Calgary focused broadly on the study of lower extremity movement and muscle activation during athletic tasks with specific application in the field of knee injury rehabilitation. During this time, Maurice also conducted research for Biomechanigg Sport & Health Research, a company supporting clients in the sporting goods and health industry. Maurice completed his PhD in Biomechanics at the end of 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Nigg and co-supervision of Dr. Carolyn Emery. In 2019, Maurice started a Post-doc position at the Department of Sports Science of the University of Innsbruck where he worked in the “Neurophysiology Research Group” of Prof. Peter Federolf. Currently, Maurice is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Sports Science in Innsbruck and works at the intersection of biomechanics, motor control, and training science to help prevent knee injuries in sports.

Whole-body movement coordination and variability during athletic tasks

Each movement that we perform is unique in the sense that this exact movement will never happen again. We are studying this variability in whole-body movement coordination during athletic tasks and are interested in the question whether the amount and structure of variability may be related to an ahtlete’s risk of injury.

Muscle activation and knee joint stability

The muscles surrounding the knee are the main contributor to the loading and stability of the joint. Here we are interested in the muscle activation patterns that athletes use (or should use) to protect their knees from initial or recurring injury.

Teaching (ongoing):

  • UE Neurophysiologische Messmethoden: Elektromyographie
  • PS Empirische Methoden
  • VO Laufschuhforschung
  • SE Forschung und Problemanalyse in der Neurophysiologie

Past courses

  • Introduction to Biomechanics (University of Calgary)


Highlighted publications:

Mohr M, Federolf P (2021). Fatigue-related reductions in movement smoothness during a lateral shuffle and side-cutting movement. European Journal of Sport Science. online ahead of print.

Mohr M, Pieper R, Löffler S, Schmidt AR, Federolf P (2021). Sex-specific hip movement is correlated with pelvis and upper body rotation during running. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology 9:657357.

Mohr M, von Tscharner V, Emery CE, Nigg BM (2019). Classification of gait muscle activation patterns according to knee injury history using a support vector machine approach. Human Movement Science. 66: 335-346.

Mohr M, von Tscharner V, Whittaker J, Emery CE, Nigg BM (2019). Quadriceps-hamstrings intermuscular coherence during single-leg squatting 3-12 years following a youth sport-related knee injury. Human Movement Science. 66: 273-284.

von Tscharner V, Ullrich M, Mohr M, Comaduran D, Nigg BM (2018). A wavelet based time frequency analysis of electromyograms to group steps of runners into clusters that use similar muscle activation patterns. PLoS ONE 13(4): e0195125.

Mohr M, Lorenzen K, Palacios-Derflingher L, Emery CE, Nigg BM (2018). The reliability of the muscle co-contraction index during gait in individuals with and without a history of knee injury. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. 38: 17-27.

Meyer C, Mohr M, Falbriard M, Nigg S, Nigg BM (2018). Influence of footwear comfort on variability of running kinematics. Footwear Science. 10 (1) 29-38: Special Issue: The State of the Art in Footwear Science 2018.

Nigg BM, Vienneau J, Smith AC, Trudeau MB, Mohr M, Nigg SR (2017). The preferred movement path paradigm: Influence of running shoes on joint movement. Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 49(8). 1641-1648.

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