Section Clinical and Technological Biomechanics

Our section focuses on the interrelationships between movement and loading of the musculoskeletal system of the human body at the macroscopic level in order to optimize clinical, technological and exercise interventions. Using translational and applied research approaches, we aim to provide solutions for:

  • Improve athletic performance and quality of movement,
  • Preventing musculoskeletal injuries in everyday life, in sports and at work,
  • Accelerate and optimize rehabilitation processes.

Research into the interaction of the musculoskeletal system and technology in sports, clinics and the workplace is one of the main areas of focus. The effect and effectiveness of training and therapy on movement execution and musculoskeletal loading is another research focus of the group. Multidisciplinary expertise in orthopaedic biomechanics, human-technology interaction, and sports biomechanics is integrated.



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Head of Section:

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Potthast



PostDocs: 5

Doctoral Candidates: 6

Non-scientific Staff: 2

Student Assistants: 4


Sci. Output 2022:

Publ. with Peer Review: 8

Theses (B&M): 17




Fohrmann, D., Hamacher, D., Sanchez-Alvarado, A., Potthast, W., Mai, P., Willwacher, S., & Hollander, K. (2022). Reliability of Running Stability during Treadmill and Overground Running.Sensors, 23(1), 347.


Glatzeder, K., Komnik, I., Ambellan, F., Zachow, S., & Potthast, W. (2022). Dynamic pressure analysis of novel interpositional knee spacer implants in 3D-printed human knee models.Scientific Reports, 12(1), 16853.


Lorke, N., Keller, S., Rein, R., Zedler, M., Drescher, C., Weil, P., Schwerhoff, M., & Braunstein, B. (2022). Speed Rope Skipping—Performance and Coordination in a Four-Limb Task.Journal of Motor Behavior, 54(5), 599–612.


Mundt, M., Oberlack, H., Goldacre, M., Powles, J., Funken, J., Morris, C., Potthast, W., & Alderson, J. (2022). Synthesising 2D Video from 3D Motion Data for Machine Learning Applications.Sensors, 22(17), 6522.


Viellehner, J., & Potthast, W. (2022). The effect of vibration on kinematics and muscle activation during cycling. Journal of Sports Sciences, 40(15), 1760–1771.


Wang, W., Tsai, T.-Y., Zhang, C., Lin, J., Dai, W., Zhang, M., Potthast, W., Liu, Y., & Wang, S. (2022). Comparison of instantaneous knee kinematics during walking and running.Gait & Posture, 97, 8–12.


Wolf, P., Hennes, N., Rausch, J., & Potthast, W. (2022). The effects of stature, age, gender, and posture preferences on preferred joint angles after real driving.Applied Ergonomics, 100, 103671.


Zwingmann, L., Below, T., Braun, H., Wahl, P., & Goldmann, J.-P. (2022). Consequences of police-related personal protective equipment and physical training status on thermoregulation and exercise energy expenditure.The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 62(9).



Alt, T., Komnik, I., Severin, J., Nodler, Y. T., Benker, R., Knicker, A. J., Brüggemann, G.-P., & Strüder, H. K. (2021). Swing Phase Mechanics of Maximal Velocity Sprints-Does Isokinetic Lower-Limb Muscle Strength Matter? International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 16(7), 974–984.


Alt, T., Severin, J., Komnik, I., Nodler, Y. T., Benker, R., Knicker, A. J., Brüggemann, G.-P., & Strüder, H. K. (2021). Nordic Hamstring Exercise training induces improved lower-limb swing phase mechanics and sustained strength preservation in sprinters. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 31(4), 826–838.


Bosquée, J., Werth, J., Epro, G., Hülsdünker, T., Potthast, W., Meijer, K., Ellegast, R., & Karamanidis, K. (2021). The ability to increase the base of support and recover stability is limited in its generalisation for different balance perturbation tasks. European Review of Aging and Physical Activity: Official Journal of the European Group for Research into Elderly and Physical Activity, 18(1), 20.


David, S., & Potthast, W. (2021). Control strategies during fast turning manoeuvers—The free moment and its contribution to body rotation and joint loading. Journal of Sports Sciences, 39(24), 2812–2820.


Dupré, T., Tryba, J., & Potthast, W. (2021). Muscle activity of cutting manoeuvres and soccer inside passing suggests an increased groin injury risk during these movements. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 7223.


Menzel, T., & Potthast, W. (2021). Application of a Validated Innovative Smart Wearable for Performance Analysis by Experienced and Non-Experienced Athletes in Boxing. Sensors, 21(23), 7882.


Menzel, T., & Potthast, W. (2021). Validation of a Novel Boxing Monitoring System to Detect and Analyse the Centre of Pressure Movement on the Boxer’s Fist. Sensors, 21(24), 8394.


Menzel, T., & Potthast, W. (2021). Validation of a Unique Boxing Monitoring System. Sensors (Basel, Switzerland), 21(21), 6947.


Mundt, M., Johnson, W. R., Potthast, W., Markert, B., Mian, A., & Alderson, J. (2021). A Comparison of Three Neural Network Approaches for Estimating Joint Angles and Moments from Inertial Measurement Units. Sensors (Basel, Switzerland), 21(13), 4535.


Viellehner, J., & Potthast, W. (2021). The Effect of Cycling-specific Vibration on Neuromuscular Performance. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 53(5), 936– 944.


Werth, J., König, M., Epro, G., Seeley, J., Potthast, W., & Karamanidis, K. (2021). Volitional step execution is an ineffective predictor of recovery performance after sudden balance loss across the age range. Human Movement Science, 76, 102769.


Zwingmann, L., Hoppstock, M., Goldmann, J.-P., & Wahl, P. (2021). The effect of physical training modality on exercise performance with police-related personal protective equipment. Applied Ergonomics, 93, 103371.


Zwingmann, L., Zedler, M., Kurzner, S., Wahl, P., & Goldmann, J.-P. (2021). How Fit Are Special Operations Police Officers? A Comparison With Elite Athletes From Olympic Disciplines. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 3, 742655.



Dupré, T., Lysdal, F. G., Funken, J., Mortensen, K. R. L., Müller, R., Mayer, J., Krahl, H., & Potthast, W. (2020). Groin Injuries in Soccer: Investigating the Effect of Age on Adductor Muscle Forces. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 52(6), 1330–1337.


Dupré, T., & Potthast, W. (2020). Groin injury risk of pubertal soccer players increases during peak height velocity due to changes in movement techniques. Journal of Sports Sciences, 38(23), 2661–2669.


Fantini Pagani, C., Funken, J., Heinrich, K., Ellermann, A., Schmidt-Wiethoff, R., & Potthast, W. (2020). Predicting the knee adduction moment after high tibial osteotomy in patients with medial knee osteoarthritis using dynamic simulations. The Knee, 27(1), 61–70.


Focke, A., Steingrebe, H., Möhler, F., Ringhof, S., Sell, S., Potthast, W., & Stein, T. (2020). Effect of Different Knee Braces in ACL-Deficient Patients. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 8, 964.


Krafft, F. C., Stetter, B. J., Stein, T., Ellermann, A., Flechtenmacher, J., Eberle, C., Sell, S., & Potthast, W. (2020). Deficient knee joint biomechanics in bilateral jumping after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Clinical Biomechanics (Bristol, Avon), 77, 105048.


Mundt, M., Koeppe, A., David, S., Bamer, F., Potthast, W., & Markert, B. (2020). Prediction of ground reaction force and joint moments based on optical motion capture data during gait. Medical Engineering & Physics, 86, 29–34.


Mundt, M., Koeppe, A., David, S., Witter, T., Bamer, F., Potthast, W., & Markert, B. (2020). Estimation of Gait Mechanics Based on Simulated and Measured IMU Data Using an Artificial Neural Network. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 8, 41.


Mundt, M., Thomsen, W., Witter, T., Koeppe, A., David, S., Bamer, F., Potthast, W., & Markert, B. (2020). Prediction of lower limb joint angles and moments during gait using artificial neural networks. Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing, 58(1), 211–225.


Viellehner, J., & Potthast, W. (2020). The effect of road-bike damping on neuromuscular short-term performance. Sports Biomechanics, 19(6), 723–737.




Dupré, T., Dietzsch, M., Komnik, I., Potthast, W., & David, S. (2019). Agreement of measured and calculated muscle activity during highly dynamic movements modelled with a spherical knee joint. Journal of Biomechanics, 84, 73–80.


Funken, J., Heinrich, K., Willwacher, S., Müller, R., Böcker, J., Hobara, H., Brüggemann, G.-P., & Potthast, W. (2019). Leg amputation side determines performance in curve sprinting: A case study on a Paralympic medalist. Sports Biomechanics, 18(1), 75–87.


Funken, J., Willwacher, S., Heinrich, K., Müller, R., Hobara, H., Grabowski, A. M., & Potthast, W. (2019). Three-Dimensional Takeoff Step Kinetics of Long Jumpers with and without a Transtibial Amputation. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 51(4), 716–725.


Funken, J., Willwacher, S., Heinrich, K., Müller, R., Hobara, H., Grabowski, A. M., & Potthast, W. (2019). Long jumpers with and without a transtibial amputation have different three- dimensional centre of mass and joint take-off step kinematics. Royal Society Open Science, 6(4), 190107.


Hobara, H., Hashizume, S., Funken, J., Willwacher, S., Müller, R., Grabowski, A. M., & Potthast, W. (2019). Vertical stiffness during one-legged hopping with and without using a running-specific prosthesis. Journal of Biomechanics, 86, 34–39.


Hobara, H., Hashizume, S., Kobayashi, Y., Namiki, Y., Müller, R., Funken, J., & Potthast, W. (2019). Spatiotemporal parameters in sprinters with unilateral and bilateral transfemoral amputations and functional impairments. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 119(1), 85–90.


Komnik, I., David, S., Haberer, C., Weiss, S., & Potthast, W. (2019). Does hamstrings co- contraction constrain knee internal rotation in patients with knee endoprosthesis during decline slope walking? Clinical Biomechanics (Bristol, Avon), 67, 134–141.


König, M., Epro, G., Seeley, J., Catalá-Lehnen, P., Potthast, W., & Karamanidis, K. (2019). Retention of improvement in gait stability over 14 weeks due to trip-perturbation training is dependent on perturbation dose. Journal of Biomechanics, 84, 243–246.


König, M., Epro, G., Seeley, J., Potthast, W., & Karamanidis, K. (2019). Retention and generalizability of balance recovery response adaptations from trip perturbations across the adult life span. Journal of Neurophysiology, 122(5), 1884–1893.


Mundt, M., David, S., Koeppe, A., Bamer, F., Markert, B., & Potthast, W. (2019). Intelligent prediction of kinetic parameters during cutting manoeuvres. Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing, 57(8), 1833–1841. 2


Mundt, M., Thomsen, W., David, S., Dupré, T., Bamer, F., Potthast, W., & Markert, B. (2019). Assessment of the measurement accuracy of inertial sensors during different tasks of daily living. Journal of Biomechanics, 84, 81–86.


Otsuka, M., Potthast, W., Willwacher, S., Goldmann, J.-P., Kurihara, T., & Isaka, T. (2019). Validity of block start performance without arm forces or by kinematics-only methods. Sports Biomechanics, 18(3), 229–244.