Faculty of Behavioural and Cultural StudiesSport Science

Work with and for people is at the heart of sports science. Central topics are anchored in the areas of movement, games and sports, as well as school sports, amateur sport, high performance sports and sport for health purposes.

Sports science involves the coordination and integration of elements from different disciplines, or the development of original, interdisciplinary approaches to these fields. When it comes to school sports for example, sports scientists focus on how pupils can be educated through sport and the practice of sport, on how the health benefits of sports activities can be best achieved, and on institutional guidelines and requirements for teaching movement to groups. The study of amateur sport however, considers enjoyment through movement, health benefits and individuals’ ability to engage in sporting activities, the conditions for organised sport, dynamics and the stability of motivation to do sport, as well as the transformation of values relating to sport.


Special Features and Characteristics

The Institute of Sports and Sports Sciences (ISSW) is one of the most traditional and largest sports science institutes in Baden-Württemberg. The Institute continues to build its public profile through a consistent emphasis on its empirical research programme, a focus on the transfer of knowledge into research, and more recently, a thematic focus on sport for children and young people.


Current specialisms include: 

  • kinesiology / training science (biomechanical motility analyses, motoric learning, motoric development, technique/tactics/creativity training, training for the young, talent promotion, sport play research) 
  • Sport psychology (judgements and decisions in sport, optimisation of referees’ performance, social motivation and sports performance, the psychology of intuition, attentiveness) 
  • Sport pedagogy (research into childhood and adolescence, school sports, pedagogical issues in high performance sport, pedagogical potentials of sport through the life cycle) 
  • Sports in Prevention and Rehabilitation (health education and promotion, sport with special groups, sport in old age, evaluation of health programmes, business health management)

Occupational Areas

Sports science is relevant for professions in sport pedagogy, sport psychology, sport sociology, history of sport, movement and training science, sport orthopaedics and sport physiology.


Studierende Sportwissenschaft Uni Heidelberg

Turn your passion into your career: I have always been interested in sports, and sports science will allow me to have a positive impact on health and education in the future.

Natalia Güllich, 24, Sports Science, 5th semester Bachelor