At the Institute of Sports Science at the University of Bern, sports science is understood as an interdisciplinary subject. On the one hand, the five departments represent sport science with a certain focus, on the other hand, certain thematic overlaps are intended and cross-departmental research activities are aimed for.

The research interest focuses on social and behavioural aspects of sports and physical activity in various fields of practice, i.e. from school, recreational, leisure and health to competitive and elite sports.

Research focus department Movement and Exercise Science

Central to the research of the department Movement and Exercise Science are fundamental aspects of motor control and motor learning. These are particularly relevant to aspects of perception – action – interaction, sequence and economy of movement, movement control over time, as well as the decline in quality through movement related focus and attention. The preferred research approach is characterised as quantitative and experimental.

Research focus department Health Science

Department Health Science is currently being developed and will address topics in sports science and health research.

Research focus department Sport Pedagogy

The Department of Sports Pedagogy and School Sports Research deals with the effects and modes of action of movement and sport in childhood and adolescence.

Research focus department Sport Psychology and Research Methods

The research focus is on fundamental themes in sport psychology, for example, personality, progression over the course of life, motivation/volition. Other important considerations are of inter-disciplinary research areas, for example, successful ageing through sport, research into talent, sport and health, school sport and well as the development of sport clubs.

Research focus department Sport Sociology and Management

The research of this department lies in the following fields: (1) Sport sociology: e.g. socialisation, sporting careers, the body, gender, the development of sports clubs (2) Sport management: e.g. marketing, tourism, sport development planning