Institute of Sports Science

Sport Science with focus on Sport Psychology and Research Methods

Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Oliver Höner Department II represents sport psychology and research methods, as well as the theory and practice of soccer, team handball, small games and integrative teaching methods of ball games.

The basis for empirical sports psychology research is an integrative (interdisciplinary) theory approach. One of the central research questions of the department focuses on the diagnostics of relevant personality characteristics (motivation, volition, emotion, cognition) in elite and youth sports. From a cognitive psychological perspective, performance diagnostics regarding anticipation of goalkeepers are conceived and evaluated and decision-making in game sports are analyzed. The department supports the talent development program of the German Football Association (Deutscher Fußball-Bund - DFB), and among other aspects, this interdisciplinary research examines the relevance of the development of motor and psychological talent characteristics using a comparative diagnostic over all the talent development stages of the DFB. Additionally, the influence of chronological age differences within annual age cohorts on the talents’ performance and selection rate is analyzed. One further central research question focuses on the evaluation of sports psychological health and physical activity interventions in school and medical rehabilitation settings. In the school setting, teaching units are designed and evaluated that include practical and theoretical elements aiming to enhance students’ health.

Specific information on the key aspects of our current work can be found via the Research link, which presents a selection of up-to-date projects. Furthermore the Publications link shows selected book publications of our department. The Team link gives you an overview of our full-time employees and our scientific project staff.

Experts from Australia visiting the Department of Sport Psychology and Research Methods in Tübingen

13.06.2017 Cognitive factors such as anticipation and decision making skills or general executive functions are considered important performance factors in football. In light of the already highly differentiated diagnostics and training methods for physiological performance factors (endurance, speed, strength), both researchers and practitioners consider cognitive factors to have an important potential for performance enhancement [more].

UEFA project on the Benefits of Playing Football on Girls

12.06.2017 Prof. Dr. Oliver Höner, Dr. Thorsten Leber, and Dr. Johannes Raabe recently collaborated on an international project “The Psychological and Emotional Benefits of Playing Football on Girls and Women in Europe” spearheaded by Dr. Paul Appleton from the University of Birmingham in the UK. The study was funded by the European football association UEFA to initiate their 'Together #WePlayStrong' campaign [more].

Visit by researchers from the University of Tennessee

29.05.2017 Prof. Dr. Rebecca A. Zakrajsek from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, along with two doctoral students, visited the Department of Sport Psychology and Research Methods in Tübingen [more].