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Professorship of Sports Psychology (with focus on Prevention and Rehabilitation)
Current projects

„PROCARE – Primary prevention in longterm care“

Considering the latest developments of demographic change as well as the increasing demand for geriatric care takers this project aims to provide employees (care takers and employees of domestic economy) and residents of stationary residential care home for the elderly with a prevention program based on physical activity. The program is performed subsequent to an individual determination of requirements using the BASE-concept (Wollesen, Wenzel, Lex & Mattes, 2016). The following goals are part of the PROCARE-program: facilitating the individual health condition and mobility, developing resources persons with multiple morbidities, implementing the setting approach and focussing on the care takers by overall participation. Six residential nursing homes for elderly in different districts of Chemnitz and rural surroundings are addressed with these goals.

The overall lead of the cooperative project rests with the University of Hamburg, with six further German Universities being involved (Frankfurt, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, Paderborn and Bremen). Legal basis for the project is the care-taking prevention act (§5 of SGB XI).


For further information: PROCARE on ResearchGate

Contact persons: Dr. Julian RudischInna Bragina, Katharina Zwingmann

Duration: January 2018 – June 2020

Sponsor: Techniker Krankenkasse


First results of the project from the University of Hamburg site will be published at the „Armut und Gesundheit 2018“ conference.


Neuro-Enhancement through active work breaks

The PhD project, which operates since September 2017 and is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), deals with the preservation and facilitation of cognitive capability of ageing employees, with a special focus on working memory and the ability of adaptation. The projects runs under the assumption that acute physical activity stimulates neurophysiologic and neurochemical processes, which conduce to cognition. Based on this assumption, the parameters (amount, intensity and timing)for optimum effects of physical activity as well as the underlying explanatory approaches shall be examined and implemented into the working context.


European Social Fund (ESF) PhD scholarship  

an Katharina Zwingmann

Duration: September 2017 - August 2020

Sponsor: European Social Fund (ESF)          



The project „SENDA - Sensor-based systems for early detection of dementia“ started in August 2017. The purpose of this project is to establish new opportunities to detect dementia at early stages of progression, not only based on standard diagnostic tools, but also using sensor-based systems. Subtle demential changes often occur many years before clinical symptoms are observable. Recent evidence suggests that changes in the motor system (e.g. subliminal abnormalities in gait) can be described already at very early stages of dementia. These symptoms are thought to precede cognitive impairment. The aim of this project is to investigate motor functions (e.g. gait parameters) with sensor-based systems to allow for an earlier detection of dementia in older adults.

The project is a collaboration of the chairs of Sports Psychology (with focus on Prevention and Rehabilitation, Prof. Dr. Claudia Voelcker-Rehage), Human Locomotion (Prof. Dr. Thomas L. Milani), Digital Signal Processing and Circuit Technology (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gangolf Hirtz) und Analysis (Prof. Dr. Peter Stollmann) of Chemnitz University of Technology.


For further information: Internetseite SENDA, SENDA auf ResearchGate

Contact person: Dr. Katrin Müller

Duration: August 2017 - Juli 2020.

Sponsor: European Social Fund (ESF)



In modern society people are often confronted with situations that require the ability to manage two or more tasks concurrently. These so called multitasking situation are often associated with performance declines.

a) Multitasking in ecologically valid scenarios

This PhD study examines the impact of multitasking situations on cognitive and behavioral performance measures between different age groups. Distinctive feature is the use of „"virtual realites"“ (instead of classical laboratory settings) that offer a greater resemblence to the real world and participant's daily living. In detail, participants performed a driving simulation and a streetcrossing simulation, each with or without realistic cogntive loading tasks.


European Social Fund (ESF) PhD scholarship  

an Christin Janouch

Duration: October 2016 - October 2019

Sponsor: European Social Fund (ESF)          


b) German Research Society (DFG) Priority Program „Multitasking"

The DFG Priority Program connects different theoretical approaches and research perspectives with focus on human performance in multitasking situations. Aim of the project is the development of a theoretical and integrative framework that can contribute toward a better understanding of multitasking as an aspect of human behavior and that enables the conception of target specific interventions.

For further informationen: DFG Priority Program

Contact person: Claudia Voelcker-Rehage

Duration: October 2015 - September 2018

Sponsor: Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft (DFG)



The public health project AEQUIPA started in February 2015. AEQUIPA is a regional prevention research network comprising six universities, two research institutes and the health economy organisation of the Bremen-Oldenburg metropolitan region. The network's core themes are promoting physical activity among older adults (65+).

AEQUIPA consists of six different subprojects. The subproject PROMOTE  has the objective to develop different types of interventions to promote physical activity behavior in older adults and compare their effectiveness.

For further information: Aequipa Homepage    

Contact personInna Bragina

Duration: February 2015 - January 2016

Sponsor: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)



The international research project "re-LOAD" (= Motor skill Learning in OlderADults: neurocognitive correlates, differences, and interventions to enable healthy aging) with partners from the University of Michigan (USA), University of Twente (the Netherlands) and Saarland University (Germany) started in May 2014“. re-LOAD investigated how age-related changes and physical activity influence motor learning processes.

For further information: re-LOAD on ResearchGate

Contact person: Lena Hübner

Duration: May 2014 - March 2018

Sponsor: German Research Foundation (DFG


The project Neurophysiological Correlates of Senior Dance is an interdisciplinary project combining human performance, neuroscience and lifespan psychology. Aim of the project is to identify senior dance as a proper intervention for older people to diminish processes of physical, cognitive and neurocognitive aging to provide longer periods of independent living. Neurophysiological data (magnetic resonance imaging, MRI) about brain anatomy, resting activation and velocity of cerebral circulation are collected and differences between older female dancers and age-matched comparison subjects, who do not dance regularly, are investigated.

Contact person: Prof. Dr. Claudia Voelcker-Rehage

Start: April 2013

SponsorsBundesverband Seniorentanz e.V.Fraunhofer MEVIS Robert-Bosch-Stiftung


Bremen Hand Study @ Jacobs

The Bremen Hand Study @ Jacobs investigates how increasing age and expertise influence manual dexterity. Fundamental mechanisms, which are responsible for age-related changes in manual dexterity as well as learning capacities (plasticity) in different age groups, are examined. Furthermore, the project investigates whether older workers can improve their fine motor skills through training.

Contact person: Prof. Dr. Claudia Voelcker-Rehage


SponsorGerman Research Foundation