Faculties of RUB » Faculty of Sport Science


Name Room Phone E-Mail Consultation hours Position
Prof. Dr. Daniel Hahn SW 1.047 +49 (0)234 3227905 Tue., 13.00 - 14.00 Scientific Director
Heike Wiehe-Bilda SW 1.051 +49 (0)234 3227905 Mon. - Thu., 9:00 - 12:00 Secretary
Dr. Stephan Babiel SW 1.069 +49 (0)234 3227910 Wed., 10:00 - 11:00 Lecturer
Brent Raiteri SW 1.073 +49 (0)234 3222315 b.a Research Assistant
Fridolin Zinke SW 1.075 +49 (0)234 3222425 b.a Research Assistant

Fields of Research:

From a scientific point of view, human movement results from a well-coordinated activation of skeletal muscles under the given physical conditions. In this context, the Department of Human Movement Science investigates the interaction of the nervous system and the resulting biomechanics of human muscles. The aim of our research is a better understanding of neuromuscular mechanisms as a basis for diagnosis and training.
For investigating the neuromechanics of human movement we use a wide range of methods including 3D-motion-analysis, dynamometry, electromyography, and ultrasound. Modulations of the central and peripheral nervous system are further examined by electrical nerve stimulation, cervicomedullar stimulation as well as transcranial magnetic stimulation.

We conducted a series of studies to show that there is a persistent increase in force production after stretch contractions of large in vivo human muscles. Current work focuses on the relevance of RFE for everyday movement in terms of reduced metabolic costs and its trainability.

Although lengthening contractions occur in a variety of human movements the underlying force production and neural control is poorly understood. Current work involves understanding neural modulations in the neural control of lengthening and subsequent isometric contractions.

In everyday human locomotion the ankle joint muscles are activated in combination with other muscles like for instance the knee extensor muscles. Current work explores the distinct differences in the neuromuscular function and control of the m. triceps surae when activated in isolation or in combination with the m. quadriceps femoris.

The simultaneous activity of several joints and muscles of the lower extremity is a key feature of human locomotion. Since we showed that features of neuromuscular function of single-joint (e.g. knee extension) and multi-joint contractions (e.g. leg extension) differ, current work investigates force-velocity properties of multi-joint leg extensions.