Institute of Biomechanics and Orthopaedics

Am Sportpark Müngersdorf 6
50933 Cologne

Nawi-Medi, Ground Floor & 1st Floor  

E-mail: ibo@­
Phone: +49 221 4982-5650
Fax: +49 221 4971 598


The aim of the Institute of Biomechanics and Orthopaedics (IBO) is to contribute to basic and applied research on the health and performance of the humans’ neuromusculoskeletal system. The scope of this research spans  all age groups,levels of performance as well as healthy to injured and disabled individuals.

The Institute’s research approach is integrated and interdisciplinary and includes the entire mechanisms of the musculoskeletal system and movement and load control in terms of the modern biomechanics of the human body, from the macroscopic to the microscopic level.

The IBO focuses on the performance and material characteristics of the structures of the human body. Our central interests are the quantification of these characteristics, their changes and adaptations during ontogenesis (from birth to death) and plasticity (adaptation to mechanical stimuli and demands).
The research areas are derived from the general aims of the Institute and are connected to the analysis of mechanical stress on the human body and its structures as well as the effects of mechanical stimuli on various tissues.

The IBO deals with the entire chain of mechanical loads on musculoskeletal structures during sport, work and everyday activities, considering the signal path to biological reactions in the form of adaptation, modulation or destruction and cell death.The Institute is divided into the following areas:

  • Musculoskeletal biomechanics
  • Neuromechanics and movement control
  • Musculoskeletal adaptation and plasticity
  • Applied biomechanics (clinical biomechanics, sport biomechanics, ergonomic biomechanics, forensic biomechanics)

There are many areas of overlap and should not be understood as completely separate areas of research and teaching.  


Univ.-Prof. Dr.
Uwe Kersting

Tel.: +49 221 4982-5660
Mail: u.kersting@­


Phone: +49 221 4982-5650
Mail: ibo@­