Sport Psychology /Sport Pedagogy


Bichler Carina, MSc
Frühauf Anika, PhD

Kopp Martin, Univ.-Prof. Dr.
Kirschner Werner, Univ.-Ass. Dr.
Kornexl Elmar, O.Univ.-Prof. Dr. (em.)
Niedermeier Martin, PhD
Ruedl Gerhard, assoz.-Prof. Priv.-Doz. Dr.
Schnitzer Martin, PhD
Schöttl Stefanie, 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 exercise activities with moderate intensity, such as walking and hiking, where a specific focus is set on environmental aspects (e.g. indoor vs. outdoor). Populations of research interest range from healthy individuals, obese people to groups with mental (e.g. depression, anxiety) or physical health problems (e.g. people with type II diabetes). The main research aim is to develop a deeper understanding in influencing factors on psychological outcomes of acute physical activity bouts.

In terms of health- and risk behaviour we are working in the special field of alpine sports, trying to contribute to the primary research area of our University ‘Alpine Space’. 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 another research approach we focus on the motives and risk-related aspects of high-risk sport participants (mainly of alpine sports such as BASE jumping, downhill biking, freeriding, etc.) to challenge the view of sensation seeking as the single panoptic explanation for high-risk sport participation.

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 and to a new focus on high-risk sports (e.g. freeriding).

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

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