Sportwissenschaften

Training & Sports Science Research

The Faculty of Sport conducts research in laboratories with modern equipment, investigating acute and long-term physiological reactions of the body to the strains of exercising. For example, when conducting a test on a treadmill or bicycle ergometer, respiratory gases and oxygen extraction in the muscle can be analysed in order to assess the performance of the oxidative metabolism, the functionality of the mitochondria and the tolerance to stress.

In the field of strength training, the implications on the effects are investigated in different sports. For example, the activation of muscles by means of electromyography or the development of forces during the dive start in swimming are being researched by means of force plates. Determining various inflammation and stress markers from blood and saliva samples completes the faculty’s research activities. Apart from their stationary use in the lab, the mobility of many test devices allows data collection under real sports conditions.

Available infrastructure:

  • Respiratory gas analysis
  • Near-infrared spectroscopy
  • Mobile power measurement systems for wheels
  • Treadmills and bicycle ergometers
  • Mobile and stationary force plates
  • Electromyography
  • Strength training equipment
  • Motion analysis
  • Dynamometers
  • Photoelectric sensors
  • Blood analyses

Project partners in alphabetical order:

  • Federal Ministry of the Interior (Bundesministerium für Inneres)
  • Austrian Cycling Federation (Österreichischer Radsportverband)
  • Austrian Swimming Association (Österreichischer Schwimmsportverband)
  • Institute of Sports Science Graz (Sportuniversität Graz)
  • University Sports Institute Vienna (Sportuniversität Wien)
  • The Department of Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Vienna (Universität Wien, Institut für Anthropologie)
  • University of Exeter (UK)
  • University of Kent (UK)
  • University of Plymouth (UK)

Research Activities

  • Spezialeinheiten Innenministerium

    Effects of training on performance and occupational illness in special forces

  • Startblock im Schwimmen

    Development of a force-plate for swimming

    Project Partners

    • Österreichischer Schwimmverband
  • Muscle deoxygenation in youth athletes

    Longitudinal development of oxygen uptake kinetics and muscle deoxygenation in youth endurance athletes

    Project Partners

    • University of Plymouth
    • University of Exeter
  • Critical power in laboratory and field conditions

    Physiology and application of the critical power model in laboratory and field conditions

  • Comparison of oxygen uptake kinetics between field and laboratory conditions

    Pulmonary oxygen uptake kinetics in laboratory and field conditions

Publications

Nimmerichter, A., Prinz, B., Gumpenberger, M., Heider, S., & Wirth, K. (2020): Field-Derived Power-Duration Variables to Predict Cycling Time-Trial Performance. In: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. Human Kinetics.
Nimmerichter, A., Breese, B. C., Prinz, B., Zoeger, M., Rumpl, C., & Williams, C. A (2020): Test–retest reliability of pulmonary oxygen uptake and muscle deoxygenation during moderate- and heavy-intensity cycling in youth elite-cyclists. In: Journal of Sports Sciences (doi:10.1080/02640414.2020.1792115). Routledge.
Prinz, B., Haselsberger, K., Tschan, H., & Nimmerichter, A. (2019): Comparison of Oxygen Uptake Kinetics During Severe-intensity Laboratory and Field Cycling. In: International Journal of Sports Medicine.
Triska, C., Karsten, B., Beedie, C., Koller-Zeisler, B., Nimmerichter, A., & Tschan, H. (2018): Different durations within the method of best practice affect the parameters of the speed-duration relationship. In: European Journal of Sport Science.
Nimmerichter, A (2018): Elite Youth Cycling. In: Nimmerichter, A (Hrsg.). Routledge. 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4RN, UK.
Nimmerichter, A., Novak, N., Triska, C., Prinz, B., & Breese, B (2017): Validity of treadmill-derived critical speed on predicting 5000-meter track-running performance. In: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
Nimmerichter, A., Schnitzer, L., Prinz, B., Simon, D., & Wirth, K. (2017): Validity and reliability of the Garmin Vector power meter in laboratory and field cycling. In: International Journal of Sports Medicine.
Triska, C., Karsten, B., Nimmerichter, A., & Tschan, H. (2017): Iso-duration determination of D and CS under laboratory and field conditions. In: International Journal of Sports Medicine.
Nimmerichter, A., Wartbichler, C. (2017): Reliability of calf-muscle deoxygenation kinetics during field running: confidence in parameter estimates. In: ARTscientific NIRS symposium by Artinis. Otterloo, NL.
Nimmerichter, A., Wartbichler, C. (2017): Evaluation of the 3-min all-out running field-test and calf-muscle deoxygenation in adolescent orienteers . In: Pediatric Exercise Science. Human Kinetics.
Triska, C., Karsten, B., Heidegger, B., Koller-Zeisler, B., Prinz, B., Nimmerichter, A., & Tschan, H. (2017): Reliability of the parameters of the power-duration relationship using maximal effort time-trials under laboratory conditions. In: PloS One.
Gumpenberger, M., Heider, S., & Nimmerichter, A. (2016): Effects of trial duration on estimates of critical power and time-trial prediction during field cycling. In: A. Baca, B. Wessner, R. Diketmüller, H. Tschan, M. Hofmann, P. Kornfeind & E. Tsolakidis (Hrsg.): 21st Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science. Vienna, AUT.
Nimmerichter, A., Haselsberger, K., & Prinz, B. (2016): Gross efficiency during flat cycling in laboratory and field conditions. In: A. Baca, B. Wessner, R. Diketmüller, H. Tschan, M. Hofmann, P. Kornfeind & E. Tsolakidis (Hrsg.): 21st Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science. Vienna, AUT.
Prinz, B., Haselsberger, K., & Nimmerichter, A. (2016): Oxygen uptake kinetics during flat and uphill cycling at high-intensity exercise in field conditions. In: A. Baca, B. Wessner, R. Diketmüller, H. Tschan, M. Hofmann, P. Kornfeind & E. Tsolakidis (Hrsg.): 21st Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science. Vienna, AUT.
Triska, C., Karsten, B., Tazreiter, G., Tschan, H., & Nimmerichter, A. (2016): Comparison of the standard error of the estimates when estimating critical power in laboratory and field conditions. In: A. Baca, B. Wessner, R. Diketmüller, H. Tschan, M. Hofmann, P. Kornfeind & E. Tsolakidis (Hrsg.): 21st Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science. Vienna, AUT.
Waldhuber, F., & Nimmerichter, A. (2016): Effect of pedal rate during time trial on oxygen uptake kinetics in a subsequent running task. In: A. Baca, B. Wessner, R. Diketmüller, H. Tschan, M. Hofmann, P. Kornfeind & E. Tsolakidis (Hrsg.): 21st Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science. Vienna, AUT.
Nimmerichter, A., Weber, N., Wirth, K., & Haller, A. (2016): Effects of Video-Based Visual Training on Decision-Making and Reactive Agility in Adolescent Football Players. In: Sports.
Nimmerichter, A., & Williams, C. A. (2015): Comparison of power output during ergometer and track cycling in adolescent cyclists. In: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
Nimmerichter, A., Prinz, B., Haselsberger, K., Novak, N., Simon, D., & Hopker, J. G. (2015): Gross efficiency during flat and uphill cycling in field conditions. In: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.
Triska, C., Tschan, H., Tazreiter, G., & Nimmerichter, A. (2015): Critical power in laboratory and field conditions using single-visit maximal effort trials. In: International Journal of Sports Medicine.
Nimmerichter, A. Weber, N. Haller, A. (2015): Effects of visual training on decision-making and reactive agility in adolescent football players. In: Radmann, A. Hedenborg, S. Tsolakidis, E. (Hrsg.): 22th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science. Malmö, SWE.
Prinz, B. Haselsberger, K. Nimmerichter, A. (2015): Comparison of oxygen uptake kinetics during laboratory and field cycling at high-intensity exercise. In: Radmann, A. Hedenborg, S. Tsolakidis, E. (Hrsg.): 22th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science. Malmö, SWE.
Nimmerichter, A., Steindl, M., & Williams, C. A. (2015): Reliability of the single-visit field test of critical speed in trained and untrained adolescents. In: Pediatric Exercise Science.
Nimmerichter, A., Steindl, M., & Williams, C. A. (2015): Reliability of the Single-Visit Field Test of Critical Speed in Trained and Untrained Adolescents. In: Sports. MDPI. Basel.
Nimmerichter, A., Holdhaus, J., Mehnen, L., Vidotto, C., Loidl, M., & Barker, A. R. (2014): Effects of negative air ions on oxygen uptake kinetics, recovery and performance in exercise: a randomized, double-blinded study. In: International Journal of Biometeorology. Springer.
Nimmerichter, A., Haselsberger, K., & Prinz, B. (2014): Oxygen uptake kinetics during uphill and flat cycling in laboratory and field conditions. In: Journal of Science and Cycling.
Nimmerichter, A., & Williams, C. A. (2013): Aerobic and anaerobic power during ergometer and track-cycling in adolescent cyclists. In: N. Balague, C. Torrents, A. Vilanova, J. A. Cadefau, R. Tarrago and E. Tsolakidis (Hrsg.): 18th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science. Barcelona, ESP.
Nimmerichter, A., Eston, R., Bachl, N., & Williams, C. (2012): Effects of low and high cadence interval training on power output in flat and uphill cycling time-trials. In: European Journal of Applied Physiology. Springer.
Nimmerichter, A., Eston, R., Bachl, N., & Williams, C. (2011): Effects of low and high-cadence interval training on power output in flat and uphill cycling time-trials. In: N. T. Cable and K. George, (Hrsg.): 16th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science.
Hackl, M., Tschan, H., Nimmerichter, A., Vidotto, C., Bachl, N., & Wessner, B. (2011): "Bicycle-Class": A school based exercise intervention to support physical activity and health. In: N. T. Cable and K. George (Hrsg.): 16th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science.
Nimmerichter, A., Eston, R. G., Bachl, N., & Williams, C. A. (2011): Longitudinal monitoring of power output and heart rate profiles in elite cyclists. In: Journal of Sports Sciences.
Nimmerichter, A., Williams, C. A., Bachl, N., & Eston, R. G. (2010): Evaluation of a field test to assess performance in elite cyclists. In: International Journal of Sports Medicine.
Hackl, M., Vlcek, M., Nimmerichter, A., Wessner, B., & Tschan, H. (2010): Effects of intermittent and continuous running on endurance performance in adolescent soccer players. In: F. Korkusuz, H. Ertan and E. Tsolakidis, (Hrsg.): 15th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science.
Nimmerichter, A., Eston, R., & Williams, C. (2010): Distributions of power output and heart rate: A longitudinal study in elite cyclists. In: F. Korkusuz, H. Ertan and E. Tsolakidis (Hrsg.): 15th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science.
Nimmerichter, A., Eston, R., & Williams, C. (2010): Power output to monitoring exercise intensity: a longitudinal study in elite cyclists. In: 1st World Congress of Cycling Science.
Nimmerichter, A., Williams, C., & Eston, R. (2009): Evaluation of a field test to assess aerobic endurance and performance in elite cyclists. In: S. Loland, K. Bø, K. Fasting, J. Hallèn, Y. Ommundsen, G. Roberts and E. Tsolakidis (Hrsg.): 14th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science.

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