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Motor Control and Health Lab

Junior Research Group “Motor Control and Health”

Lab Head (Postdoctoral Researcher): PD Dr. Simon Steib

 

Scientific Assistants/PhD-Students:

 

Student Research Assistants:

Jacopo Cristini Florence Theil
Tamara Pavlova Michael Croner

 

Movement Science Lab

Equipment: i.a. spiroergometry (Viasys), lactate diagnostics (EKF Diagnostics), dynamometry (Schnell M3, Digimax), isokinetics (ISOMED 2000), force plates (Kistler), stabilometer (Lafayette Instruments), treadmill with integrated pressure plate (sensor matrix) (h/p/cosmos/Zebris)

Motion Capturing Lab

Equipment: i.a. Qualisys motion capturing system (8 high-speed infrared cameras); EMG (wireless, Noraxon), split-belt treadmill with integrated force plates  (Bertec)

 

FaST-PD – Facilitating Motor Skill Learning by Aerobic Training in Parkinson’s Disease 

Partner: Prof. Dr. Jochen Klucken, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Winkler (Molecular Neurology, University Hospital Erlangen); PD Dr. Martin Winterholler (Klinik für Neurologie, Sana-Krankenhaus Rummelsberg/Nuremberg); German Foundation Neurology (Deutsche Stiftung für Neurologie – DSN)

Aim: To investigate whether a single moderate-intensity cardiovascular exercise bout can improve motor learning processes in Parkinson’s disease.

Pre-registration: clinicaltrials.gov I  clinicaltrials.gov II

Project description: FaST-PD_I FaST-PD_II FaST-PD_III

Further information: Project homepage

 


FaMoS – Facilitating Motor Skill Learning

Aim: To investigate (i) whether a single cardiovascular exercise bout can improve motor learning of a complex whole-body task, and (ii) whether the effects are intensity or timing dependent.

Pre-registration: open science framework (OSF)  PROSPERO

Project description: FaMoS_I FaMoS_II Meta-Analysis


TraCE – VisuomotorTracking skills and Cortical plasticity – Exercise induced interference effects

Aim: To determine whether, and to what extent, high-intensity exercise bout interferes with the motor learning process when the motor task involves muscle groups similar to the exercie bout.

Pre-registration: open science framework (OSF)

Project description: TraCE


Motivation, affective reactions, and motor skill learning

Partner: Dr. Martin Köllner, Prof. Dr. Oliver Schultheiss (Department of Psychology, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Ziel: The main questions of the study are (i) whether the strength of the implicit power motive is associated with the ability to learn a gross motor skill when winning or losing a competition, and (ii) whether affective response to winning or losing a competition is associated with motor learning efficacy.

Pre-registration: open science framework (OSF)

 

StaBLE – Stability and Balance in Locomotion through Exercise 

Partner: Prof. Dr. Jochen Klucken, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Winkler (Molecular Neurology, University Hospital Erlangen); Prof. Dr. Björn Eskofier (Machine Learning and Data Analytics Lab, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg); German Foundation Neurology (Deutsche Stiftung für Neurologie – DSN); Zebris Medical GmbH

Aim: This study investigates the effectiveness of a sensorimotor treadmill intervention to improve walking and balance abilities in persons with early stages of Parkinson’s disease. The sensorimotor treadmill training is conducted on a special treadmill device, which is challenging the participants by small oscillations. This intervention, which is supposed to simulate walking on natural, uneven surfaces, is compared to a conventional treadmill training.

Project description: StaBLE


SensAbLE – Sensorimotor Abilities following Injuries to the Lower Extrimity 

Partner: Prof. Dr. Björn Eskofier (Machine Learning and Data Analytics Lab, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg); Prof. Dr. Astrid Zech, Dr. Daniel Hamacher (Institute of Sport Science, University Jena)

Aim: The project aims at understanding the influence of physical fatigue on different aspects of sensorimotor control and its relation to an increased risk of re-injury in athletes with previous injuries.

Project description: SENSABLE