Maurice Mohr

Name: Maurice Mohr, PhD


Phone number: (+43) 0512 507 45871

Office location: HG-118

Office hours: After arrangement.

Address: Fürstenweg 185, Main building

Faculty: Sports Science


Research group: Neurophysiology

About the person - Research interests - Teaching - Publications    

About the person:

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 his current position as a Post-doc at the Institut of Sports Science of the University of Innsbruck where he works in the “Neurophysiology Research Group” of Prof. Peter Federolf.

Research interests:

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 at the Institute for Sports Science in Innsbruck (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)

Full publications:


Highlighted publications:

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.

Mohr M, Schoen T, von Tscharner V, Nigg BM (2018). Intermuscular Coherence between Surface EMG Signals is Higher for Monopolar compared to Bipolar Electrode Configurations. Front. Physiol. 9:566.

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.

Mohr M, Trudeau M, Nigg S, Nigg BM (2016). Increased athletic performance in lighter basketball shoes: shoe or psychology effect? Journal of International Sports Physiology and Performance. 11(1): 74-79.

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