Elena Pocecco

Name: Dr. Elena Pocecco

Email: Elena.Pocecco@uibk.ac.at 

Phone number: (+43) 0512 507 45864

Office location: HG 106, Hauptgebäude / main building ISW

Tutorial hours: by arrangement

Address: Fürstenweg 185, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria

Department: Sport Science

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3730-1961


Research area: Epidemiology of alpine sports

About the person - Research interests - Teaching - Publications    

About the person:


  • University degree in Sport Science at the Faculty of Sports Science of the University of Bologna, Italy
  • PhD in Sport Science at the Department of Sports Science of the University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • State-certified judo-coach; swimming instructor (2nd level), lifeguard; basic-instructor for fitness / wellness as well as for running / walking / Nordic walking

Actual academic position

Senior scientist

Research interests:

My research focuses mainly on epidemiology / injury prevention in alpine and combat sports. Specifically, I am interested in determining how often injuries occur in different sports and which factors could have an influence on these events. Further research would focus attention on understanding the supposed injury mechanisms involved in order to introduce preventive measures, that would be evaluated. The final aim of my research is to make sport safer.

On the other hand, I am also fascinated by other fields of sports science and sports medicine, such as training science, applied sports physiology incl. high altitude physiology, and, last but not least, understanding how prevention of violence could be achieved through participants’ attendance of courses in the field of self-defence and self-assertion.


University lectures for under- and post-graduate students at the Department of Sport Science of the University of Innsbruck

Ongoing teaching:

  • Lecture / exercise Fachdidaktik: Erlebnis - Abenteuer (Teaching methodology: experience - adventure) – planned in SS 2023
  • Course Selbstverteidigung (Self-defence)
  • Course Bewegungsspiele (Movement games)
  • Study orientation lecture Einführung in die Sportwissenschaft (Introduction to sport science)
  • Introductory seminar Einführung in das wissenschaftliche Arbeiten (Introduction to scientific research)
  • Course Judo

Past teaching:

  • Tutorial to the lecture Anthropologische Grundlagen des Sports (Anthropological foundations of sport)
  • Seminar Problemanalyse und Forschung in der Trainingswissenschaft (Analysis of problems and research in the field of training science)
  • Lecture / exercise Angewandte Leistungsphysiologie (Applied performance physiology)


Lectures at the Department Junge Uni (Young University, i.e., university department for the promotion of science among children and juveniles) of the University of Innsbruck

Ongoing teaching:

  • Webinar Gewaltprävention (Prevention of violence)
  • Several courses on physical activity games: Bewegungsspiele; Abenteuerspiele; Spiel, Sport, Spaß (Movement games; Adventure games; Games, sport and fun)
  • Course Selbstverteidigung und Selbstbehauptung (Self-defence and self-assertion)
  • Course Judo


Lectures at the Department Personal Development of the University of Innsbruck

Occasional teaching:

  • Course Selbstverteidigung und Selbstbehauptung (Self-defence and self-assertion)


Pocecco’s publication list on FLD; PubMedResearchGate; ScholarScopus, Web ocience.


Highlighted publications

  1. Pocecco E, Wafa H, Burtscher J, Paal P, Plattner P, Posch M, Ruedl G (2022) Mortality in recreational mountain-biking in the Austrian Alps: a retrospective study over 16 years. Int J Environ Res Public Health 19(19):11965. doi:10.3390/ijerph191911965
  2. Schwendinger F, Pocecco E (2020) Counteracting physical inactivity during the COVID-19 pandemic: evidence-based recommendations for home-based exercise. Int J Environ Res Public Health 17(11):3909. doi:10.3390/ijerph17113909
  3. Faulhaber M, Ruedl G, Schneider F, Walter D, Sterr R, Schobersberger W, Schwendinger F, Pocecco E (2020) Characteristics of victims of fall-related accidents during mountain hiking. Int J Environ Res Public Health 17(3):E1115. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17031115
  4. Ruedl G, Schnitzer M, Kirschner W, Spiegel R, Platzgummer H, Kopp M, Burtscher M, Pocecco E (2016) Sports injuries and illnesses during the 2015 Winter European Youth Olympic Festival. Br J Sports Med 50(10):631-636. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2015-095665
  5. Pocecco E, Ruedl G, Stankovic N, Sterkowicz S, Del Vecchio F, Gutiérrez-Garcia C, Rousseau R, Wolf M, Kopp M, Miarka B, Menz V, Krüsmann P, Calmet M, Malliaropoulos N, Burtscher M (2013) Injuries in judo: a systematic literature review including suggestions for prevention. Br J Sports Med 47(18):1139-1143. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2013-092886
  6. Pocecco E, Burtscher M (2013) Sex-differences in response to arm and leg ergometry in juvenile judo athletes. Arch Budo 9(3):181-187. ISSN:1643-8698
  7. Ruedl G, Schobersberger W, Pocecco E, Blank C, Engebretsen L, Soligard T, Steffen K, Kopp M, Burtscher M. (2012) Sport injuries and illnesses during the first Winter Youth Olympic Games 2012 in Innsbruck, Austria. Br J Sports Med 46(15):1030-1037. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2012-091534
  8. Pocecco E, Gatterer H, Ruedl G, Burtscher M (2012) Specific exercise testing in judo athletes. Arch Budo 8(3):133-139. doi:12659/AOB.883246
  9. Pocecco E, Faulhaber M, Franchini E, Burtscher M (2012) Aerobic power in child, cadet and senior judo athletes. Biol Sport 29(3):217-222. doi:10.5604/20831862.1003446
  10. Ruedl G, Pocecco E, Sommersacher R, Gatterer H, Kopp M, Nachbauer W, Burtscher M (2010) Factors associated with self-reported risk-taking behaviour on ski slopes. Br J Sports Med 44(3):204-206. doi:10.1136/bjsm.2009.066779
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