Wachholz Felix

Name: Wachholz Felix, PhD

Email: Felix.Wachholz@uibk.ac.at

Phone number: +43 512 507 45857

Office location: FH-124

Tutorial hours: Appointments available during office hours, arranged by email

Address: Fürstenweg 176, 6020, Innsbruck

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7421-9852

Research area: Sports economics, Neurophysiology of exercise

Felix Wachholz was born 1991 in Bad Aibling near by Rosenheim in Germany. He started studying “Sportmanagement” 2011 in Innsbruck and made his bachelor’s degree in 2014. Afterwards he started a 6-month internship at adidas AG in Herzogenaurach, Germany and started studying “Sport Science” 2015 after returning to Innsbruck. He received a “Leistungsstipendium” in 2016 and graduated 2017 and began his doctoral studies in the Neurophysiology-Group of Prof. Dr. Peter Federolf in the same year. During this time, he was granted by the University of Innsbruck and received a “Doktoratsstipendium aus der Nachwuchsförderung” from 2017 to 2019. In 2020 he finished his PhD. and started working in the "Researchcenter Snow Ski Alpine Sport". Since February 2022 he is an University Assistant and works in the Sportmanagement-Group of Prof. Dr. Martin Schnitzer, with focus on Digitalization in Sport.

Besides working in the scientifically field, he is a certified climbing-, track & field- and ski-instructor. Moreover, he works as lecturer for different sports organisations like the “Bundessportakademien” or the “Sportunion Tirol” teaching theoretical and practical training science. He is co-author of the book "E-Sport Fitness", giving advice to E-Athletes how to use physical exercise to improve performance.

Digitalization in Sport

The ongoing development of new and innovative technological solutions does offer advanced ways of performing, evaluating and experiencing sport. My research focus lies on digital phenomena like e-sport and the questions, if and how physical activity can be integrated in such digital environments. Moreover, innovations in sport due to e.g. virtual or augmented reality are on a rise, offering possibilities to use gamification aspects for hobby as well as elite athletes. To evaluate such innovations and their impact on movement, is also part of my research focus. In general, the effect of digital and technological inventions on movement behavior opens up a lot of research questions I'm interested in. 

Motor Control & Human Movement Science

How the human body adapts motor control in different situations is another research field I'm interested in. Underlying mechanisms are still topic to debate and new methodological approaches offer new insights in how we as human beings alter consciously or unconsciously our behavior during different situations, e.g. while performing dual-task or after disturbance of the postural control system. Variability and human movement are connected due to the vast amount of possible degrees of freedom in our movements. Although this is no new finding, research keeps exploring this field of research and still reveals new insights and mechanisms. I’m interested in applying new methods to these known questions and try to help deepen the understanding of ongoing mechanisms.

Teaching (ongoing):

  • SE Seminar mit Bachelorarbeit - Sportmanagement
  • PR Angewandtes Sportmanagement
  • UE Leichtathletik

Highlighted publications:

Wachholz, F., Tiribello, F., Mohr, M., van Andel, S. & Federolf, P. (2020). ‘Adolescent awkwardness’: Alterations in Temporal Control Characteristics of Posture with Maturation and the Relation to Movement Exploration. Brain sciences.

Wachholz, F., Tiribello, F., Promsri, A. & Federolf, P. (2020). Should the minimal intervention principle be considered when investigating dual-tasking effects on postural control?. Brain sciences, 10(1), 1.

Wachholz, F., Kockum, T., Haid, T., & Federolf, P. (2019). Changed Temporal Structure of Neuromuscular Control, Rather Than Changed Intersegment Coordination, Explains Altered Stabilographic Regularity After a Moderate Perturbation of the Postural Control System. Entropy, 21(6), 614.

van Andel, S., Pieper, R., Werner, I., Wachholz, F., Mohr, M., & Federolf, P. (2021). Implications of Optimal Feedback Control Theory for Sport Coaching and Motor Learning: A Systematic Review. Motor Control, 1(aop), 1-24.

Doix, A.C., Wachholz, F., Marterer, N., Immler, L., Insam, K., Federolf, P. (2018). Is the cross-over effect of a unilateral high-intensity leg extension influenced by the sex of the participants? Biology of sex differences, 9(1), 29.

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