Kurt Schindelwig

Name: Ass. -Prof. Dr. Kurt Schindelwig

Email: Kurt.Schindelwig@uibk.ac.at

Phone number: (+43) 0512 507 45887

Office location: PT-114 (Pulverturm) 

Address: Fürstenweg 189, 6020 Innsbruck

Faculty: Sports Science

Research group: Biomechanics

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About the person:

Kurt works in the field of biomechanics. He had a degree in Sport and Mathematic. Since 2017 he worked as Associated Professor for biomechanics at our Institute of Sport Science, University of Innsbruck.


Research Interests:

Safety aspects in skiing, e.g. jumps in downhill skiing and in terrain parks;  three-dimensional finite element model for simulation of the skier-flex pole impact to reduce the injury risk and improve fairness in slalom races; development of a standardized laboratory test to evaluate the excavation effectiveness of avalanche shovels.

Friction of skis on snow, the friction is influenced by a variety of factors, e.g. speed, contact area, snow type (temperature, liquid water content, hardness, texture) and ski properties (stiffness, thermal conductivity, base material, base roughness. With our developed new linear tribometer we analyzed meltwater production due to frictional heating depends on the contact area between ski and snow and quantity of quasi liquid water; effect of roughness on the friction between steel and snow and friction of ski garment to improve safety


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

Bachelor courses:

  • Empirical Methods (PS / 2h / 5 ECTS-AP)
  • Didactics of swimming and water world (VU / 2h / 2 ECTS-AP)
  • Cross-Country Skiing (EX / 2h / 2 ECTS-AP)
  • Movement Patterns in the Water (UE / 1h / 1 ECTS-AP)

Master courses:

  • Biomechanical methods of measurement (UE / 1h / 2 ECTS-AP)


  • AG Dissertation Project Planning (AG / 2h / 5 ECTS-AP)


Highlighted publications:

Schindelwig, K; Platzer, HP; Mössner, M; Nachbauer, W (2019): Safety recommendations of winter terrain park jumps into airbags.
In: Journal Of Science And Medicine In Sport 22/1, S. S50 - S54. (DOI) (Weblink)

Schindelwig, K; Ellensohn, S; Kaps, P; Nachbauer, W (2017): Validation of a three-dimensional finite element model of flex-pole impacts. In: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology 231/4, S. 298 - 306. (DOI)

Schindelwig, K; Reichl, W; Kaps, P; Mössner, M; Nachbauer, W. (2015): Safety assessment of jumps in ski racing.
In: Scandinavian Journal Of Medicine & Science In Sports 25/6, S. 797 - 805. (DOI)

Schindelwig, K; Hoffmann, A; Mössner, M; Nachbauer, W (2017): Does Avalanche Shovel Shape Affect Excavation Time: A Pilot Study. In: Sports 5/2, Nr. 31. (Volltext) (DOI)

Schindelwig, K; Mössner, M; Hasler, M; Nachbauer, W (2017): Determination of the rolling resistance of roller skis.
In: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology 231/1, S. 50 - 56. (DOI)

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