Sportpsychologie / Sportpädagogik

Kopp Martin, Univ.-Prof. Dr.
Kirschner Werner, Univ.-Ass. Dr.
Kornexl Elmar, O.Univ.-Prof. Dr. (em.)
Ledochowski Larissa, Univ.-Ass. Dr. (karenziert)
Ruedl Gerhard, Ass.-Prof. Priv.-Doz. Dr.
Schnitzer Martin, Sen. Scientist PhD
Frühauf Anika, MSc

The chair in sport and exercise psychology is dedicated to cover the social science related issues at the Department of sport science at the University of Innsbruck. 

Research aims and main research areas:

In terms of acute exercise interventions we focus on immediate psychological outcomes of moderate exercise activities, such as walking, in special risk groups for example obese people or groups with mental or physical health  problems (people suffering from depression or people with type II diabetes). The main research aim is to gain more knowledge about immediate benefits of acute physical activity bouts in people with identified health problems who are often living a sedentary lifestyle.

In terms of health- and risk behaviour we are working in the very special field of alpine sports, trying to contribute to the primary research area of our University ‘Alpine Space - Man and Environment’. Here we focus on personality traits, attitudes and risk behaviour to gain more knowledge for the area of injury prevention in the field of alpine sports. A successful recent focus within alpine sports has been on ski helmet usage and injury risk.

In the area of self-regulation we focus on the assessment of competitive anxiety; establishing a German version of the Three-Dimensional Performance Anxiety- Inventory (TFAI) to widen the scope of research to German native speaking populations.


Health and risk behaviour research has also focussed on pediatric populations. This research has involved pedagogical and sociological factors amongst overweight and non overweight children on motor performance. Other research with an economic focus includes consumer behaviour during and after sports events.

Labor Sportpsychologie