Institute of Sports Science

Prof. Dr. Oliver Höner

Institute of Sports Science
Wilhelmstraße 124,
1st floor, Room 104
  07071 29-72087
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Main research

  • Scientific support for the DFB TID (talent identification and development) Program
  • Effects of Health Promotion Programs in Physical Education
  • Visual Anticipation and Decision Making in Sport Games
  • Achievement Motivation in Competitive Sports
  • Promotion in Physical Activity in Medical Rehabilitation
  • Development of Sonification-based Sport Games and Performance Tests for People with Visual Impairment
  • Theoretical considerations regarding interdisciplinary sports science

Short vita

Since 2022

Institute of Sports Science, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Germany

Since 2007
Professor for Sport Science with focus on Sport Psychology and Research Methods

Institute of Sports Science, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Germany

Intermediate Evaluation of the Assistant Professorship for Sport Psychology and Adapted Physical Activity

Institute of Social Science, Media and Sports Science, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

Assistant Professor for Sport Psychology and Adapted Physical Activity

Institute of Social Science, Media and Sports Science, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

Winner of the Research Award presented by the German Sport Federation

Carl-Diem-Plakette 2003/04

Dissertation Award of the University of Bielefeld

Westfälisch-Lippische Universitätsgesellschaft


University of Bielefeld

Research Assistant in the Project "Between Motivation and Volition – The explanatory value of the Rubikon Model for Sport Game Actions”

Funded by Germany's Federal Institute of Sports Science

Coaching Licence in Football (UEFA A Licence)
Research Assistant

Department “Movement Science”, Faculty of Psychology and Sports Science, University of Bielefeld, Germany

First State Examination for Teaching Degree in Secondary Schools in the Subjects Pedagogy, Math and Sports Science

University of Bielefeld, Germany

Selected publications 2021 & 2022

Journal articles

  • Bergmann, F., Gray, R., Wachsmuth, S., & Höner, O. (2021). Perceptual-Motor and Perceptual-Cognitive Skill Acquisition in Soccer: A Systematic Review on the Influence of Practice Design and Coaching Behavior [Systematic Review]. Frontiers in Psychology, 12(5470).
  • Harenberg, S., McCarver, Z., Worley, J., Murr, D., Vosloo, J., Kakar, R. S., McCaffrey, R., Dorsch, K., & Höner, O. (2021). The effectiveness of 3D multiple object tracking training on decision-making in soccer. Science and Medicine in Football, 1-8.
  • Höner, O., Murr, D., Larkin, P., Schreiner, R., & Leyhr, D. (2021). Nationwide Subjective and Objective Assessments of Potential Talent Predictors in Elite Youth Soccer: An Investigation of Prognostic Validity in a Prospective Study. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 3(115).
  • Hosp, B. W., Schultz, F., Höner, O., & Kasneci, E. (2021). Soccer goalkeeper expertise identification based on eye movements. PloS One, 16(5), e0251070.
  • Hosp, B., Schultz, F., Kasneci, E., & Höner, O. (2021, 2021-July-26). Expertise Classification of Soccer Goalkeepers in Highly Dynamic Decision Tasks: A Deep Learning Approach for Temporal and Spatial Feature Recognition of Fixation Image Patch Sequences [Original Research]. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 3(183).
  • Larkin, P., Spittle, M., Farrow, D., Maximos, Y., & Höner, O. (accepted). The Golden Generation of Australian Soccer: Understanding the factors which influenced their development. Soccer and Society.
  • Leyhr, D., Bergmann, F., Schreiner, R., Mann, D., Dugandzic, D., & Höner, O. (2021). Relative Age-Related Biases in Objective and Subjective Assessments of Performance in Talented Youth Soccer Players. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 3(94).
  • Raabe, J., Leyhr, D., McHenry, L. K., Readdy, T., & Höner, O. (2022). Patterns of basic psychological need satisfaction among NCAA student-athletes: A longitudinal, person-oriented investigation. Journal of Sport Behavior 45(1), 95-114.
  • Rösch, D., Schultz, F., & Höner, O. (2021). Decision-Making Skills in Youth Basketball Players: Diagnostic and External Validation of a Video-Based Assessment. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health18(5), Article 2331.
  • Rösch, D., Ströbele, M. G., Leyhr, D., Ibáñez, S. J., & Höner, O. (2022, 2022-May-06). Performance Differences in Male Youth Basketball Players According to Selection Status and Playing Position: An Evaluation of the Basketball Learning and Performance Assessment Instrument [Original Research]. Frontiers in Psychology, 13.
  • Volk, C., Rosenstiel, S., Demetriou, Y., Krustrup, P., Thiel, A., Trautwein, U., Wagner, W., Höner, O., & Sudeck, G. (2021). Effects of a physical education intervention programme for ninth-graders on physical activity-related health competence: Findings from the GEKOS cluster randomised controlled trial. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 55, 101923.
  • Volk, C., Rosenstiel, S., Demetriou, Y., Sudeck, G., Thiel, A., Wagner, W., & Höner, O. (2021, 2021/08/10). Health-related fitness knowledge in adolescence: evaluation of a new test considering different psychometric approaches (CTT and IRT). German Journal of Exercise and Sport Research.
  • Wachsmuth, S., Raabe, J., Readdy, T., Dugandzic, D., & Höner, O. (2022). Evaluating a multiplier approach to coach education within the German Football Association’s talent development program: An example of an intervention study targeting need-supportive coaching. International Sport Coaching Journal. Advance online publication.

Book chapters

  • Anzer, G., Bauer, P., & Höner, O. (2022). Applying Machine Learning in Football. The Identification of Counterpressing in Football. In D. Memmert (Ed.), Match Analysis: How to Use Data in Professional Sport (p. 230-237): New York: Routledge. [more]
  • Höner, O., Larkin, P., Leber, T., & Feichtinger, P. (2022, in press). Talent identification and development in sport. In J. Schüler, M. Wegner, R., H. Plessner, & C. Eklund (Eds.), Sport and Exercise Psychology: Theory and Application. New York: Springer.
  • O’Connor, D., Larkin, P. & Höner, O. (2021). Coaches’ use of GBA’s in team sports. In P. Shane (Ed.), Perspectives on Game Based Coaching (pp. 117 -126). London, New York: Routledge.

Peer reviews

  • German Federal Institute of Sports Science (BISp), Swiss Federal Office of Sports (BASPO), German Football Association (DFB), German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), German Association for Sport Psychology (asp), German Society of Sport Science (dvs), Academic Foundation of the German People, Baden-Wuerttemberg Foundation, Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxonian Ministry for Science and Culture,
  • Applied Cognitive Psychology, German Journal of Sports Medicine, Diagnostica, e-Journal “Bewegung und Training”, European Journal of Sport Science, IEEE MultiMedia, International Journal of Developmental Science, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Journal of Sports Sciences, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Sports MedicineSport und Gesellschaft, Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, Zeitschrift für Psychologie, German Journal of Sport Psychology, German Journal of Sports Science, European Journal of Health Psychology (PPmP) 
  • Several German and international conferences, e.g. Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), German Association for Sport Psychology (asp), German Society of Sport Science (dvs), European Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC), Frontiers in Psychology (Cognitive Science)