Physical Activity, Sports & Health Research Group
The Physical Activity, Sports & Health research group conducts research with societal impact on the health, physical fitness and sports performance of individuals and groups across the lifespan. Two research lines can be identified:
1) Physical Activity for Fitness and Health research line
Research topics within the Physical Activity for Fitness and Health research line are guided by the Behavioural Epidemiology Framework. This framework distinguishes five steps that specify a systematic sequence of studies on health-related behaviours, physical fitness and health, leading to evidence-based interventions and practice. Within this research line, we use a range of behavioural change theories (e.g., Self-Determination Theory, Social Identity Theory) and a diverse set of methodologies, including randomised controlled trials, to promote physical activity behaviour and to reduce sedentary behaviour among a diverse range of populations in various settings.
2) Leadership for Team Effectiveness and Motivation in Sport research line
Research within the Leadership for Team Effectiveness and Motivation in Sport research line examines how leadership structures within sports teams as well as motivational factors influence team efficiency, team dynamics and psychological well-being in sports. This research line is mainly targeted at elite and recreational athletes in field settings.