Anika Frühauf

Name: Ass. Prof. Anika Frühauf, PhD


Phone number: (+43) 0512 507 45859

Office location: Fürstenweg 176

Tutorial hours: On demand

Address: Fürstenweg 176, 6020 Innsbruck

Faculty: Sports Science


Research group: Sport and Exercise Psychology

About the person - Research interests - Teaching - Publications    

About the person:

Anika Frühauf, born 1989 in Germany, studied sport science at the University of Innsbruck. During her Master program she started to focus on sports and exercise psychology with a special interest in physical activity programs for people with mental health disorders. She has a certification as training therapist, ski and tennis instructor and worked in those areas till the beginning of her doctoral studies in 2016. In 2018 she finished her doctoral thesis under the mentorship of Martin Kopp at the University of Innsbruck. Her research focused on psychometric approaches to assess motives and risk-taking behavior in adventure and high-risk sports. She has now a post-doctoral position at the University of Innsbruck and broadened her research towards psychological and pedagogical benefits of adventure and high-risk sports including gender and well-being related questions.

Research interests:


Sport science, special interests: sports and exercise psychology; sports pedagogy; motives, benefits and pedagogical implications of adventure and high-risk sports; affective responses in exercise in different environments and populations; gender and sports; physical activity research in people with mental health disorders


Teaching at the Institute for Sports Science in Innsbruck (ongoing):


  • SL Sportwissenschaft
  • PS Einführung in das wissenschaftliche Arbeiten
  • Psychoregulative Techniken in der Trainingstherapie: Biofeedback
  • Bewegungsspiele
  • Rückschlagspiele

Full publications:





Highlighted publications:

Adventure and high-risk sports

Frühauf, Anika; Houge Mackenzie, Susan; Boudreau, Patrick; Hodge, Ken; Kopp, Martin (2022): Multiple motives for adventure sport revisited: A multi-activity investigation. Leisure Sciences. 

Frühauf, Anika; Pahlke, Christiane; Kopp, Martin (2022): Overcoming gender barriers in sports - an opportunity of adventure/high-risk sports? Sociology of Sport Journal. 

Frühauf, Anika; Zenzmaier, Julian; Kopp, Martin (2020): Does Age Matter? A Qualitative Comparison of Motives and Aspects of Risk in Adolescent and Adult Freeriders. In: Journal of sports science & medicine 19 (1), S. 112–120. Weblink

Frühauf, Anika; Anewanter, Pia; Hagenauer, Julia; Marterer, Natalie; Kopp, Martin (2019): Freeriding—Only a need for thrill?: Comparing different motives and behavioural aspects between slope skiers and freeride skiers. In: Journal of science and medicine in sport 22, S44-S49. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2018.11.002.

Frühauf, A; Hardy, W; Ross Roberts, H; Niedermeier, M; Kopp, M (2018): Structural validation of three German versions of behavioral and motivational scales in high-risk sports.
In: German Journal of Exercise and Sport Research 48/4, S. 467 - 477.

Frühauf, Anika; Hardy, Will A. S.; Pfoestl, Daniel; Hoellen, Franz-Georg; Kopp, Martin (2017): A Qualitative Approach on Motives and Aspects of Risks in Freeriding. In: Front. Psychol. 8, S. 141. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01998.


Physical activity research in people with mental health disorders and healthy populations

Frühauf, Anika; Hundhausen, Franziska; Kopp, Martin (2022): Better Together? Analyzing Experiences from Male and Female Students and Teachers from Single-Sex and Coeducational Physical Education Classes. Behavioral Sciences 12(9).

Thaller, L.; Frühauf, A.; Heimbeck, A.; Voderholzer, U.; Kopp, M. A Comparison of Acute Effects of Climbing Therapy with Nordic
Walking for Inpatient Adults with Mental Health Disorder: A Clinical Pilot Trial. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 6767.

Frühauf, A; Heußner, J; Niedermeier, M; Kopp, M (2021): Expert Views on Therapeutic Climbing—A Multi-Perspective, Qualitative Study. International Journal of Environmental Research And Public Health 18(7). 

Frühauf, Anika; Niedermeier, Martin; Sevecke, Kathrin; Haid-Stecher, Nina; Albertini, Christoph; Richter, Katharina et al. (2020): Affective responses to climbing exercises in children and adolescents during in-patient treatment for mental health disorders a pilot study on acute effects of different exercise interventions. In: Psychiatry research 291, S. 113245. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2020.113245

Frühauf, Anika; Schnitzer, Martin; Schobersberger, Wolfgang; Weiss, Günter; Kopp, Martin (2020): Jogging, nordic walking and going for a walk - inter-disciplinary recommendations to keep people physically active in times of the covid-19 lockdown in Tyrol, Austria. In: CISS 0 (0). DOI: 10.15203/CISS_2020.100.

Frühauf, Anika; Niedermeier, Martin; Elliott, Lewis R.; Ledochowski, Larissa; Marksteiner, Josef; Kopp, Martin (2016): Acute effects of outdoor physical activity on affect and psychological well-being in depressed patients – A preliminary study. In: Mental Health and Physical Activity 10, S. 4–9. DOI: 10.1016/j.mhpa.2016.02.002.

Frühauf, Anika; Sevecke, Kathrin; Kopp, Martin (2019): Ist-Stand der Fachliteratur zu Effekten des therapeutischen Kletterns auf die psychische Gesundheit – Fazit: viel zu tun. In: Neuropsychiatr 33 (1), S. 1–7. DOI: 10.1007/s40211-018-0283-0.


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