Junior Research Group I Effects of physical activity and exercise on motor and cognitive performance in older adults


The Lifestyle-Integrated Functional Exercise (LiFE) program has proven effective in improving strength, balance, and physical activity while simultaneously reducing falls in older people via incorporating exercises in recurring daily tasks. However, implementing the original LiFE program includes high financial requirements and human resources. Therefore, in LiFE-is-LiFE we investigate whether implementing LiFE in groups (gLiFE) is not inferior to the individually delivered iLiFE in terms of reducing falls per physical activity. On the same note, we expect gLiFE to be more cost-effective as compared to iLiFE.

In this multicenter non-inferiority trial starting in 2018, 300 participants (> 70 years; confirmed fallers or with high falls risk) will be randomized in either iLiFE or gLiFE. Both groups will undergo the same strength and balance exercises and habitualization strategies as described in the LiFE programme, however, based on different approaches of delivery. Compared to iLiFE, we expect gLiFE (a) to reduce falls per physical activity by a similar rate; (b) to be more cost-effective; (c) to comparably enhance physical performance in terms of strength and balance as well as physical activity. As non-inferiority margin we accept a 20% difference to the original LiFE as a comparable reduction.

Looking at the economic and societal benefit, this study is of high practical relevance as non-inferiority of gLiFE would implicate facilitation of nationwide implementation due to lower financial and personnel requirements. In this way, the program would be better accessible to subjects with falls risk.

Schwenkgruppe Neu

Junior Research Group: Dr. Martin Bongartz, Leon Brüll, Malte Liebl-Wachsmuth, Sarah Labudek, Dr. Michael Schwenk, Dr. Sabine Goisser, Dr. Carl-Philipp Jansen, Franziska Kramer-Gmeiner, Dr. Katharina Gordt-Oesterwind (from left to right)

Current Research Projects

(funding by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, duration 2020-2021)
Subject: Effect of physical activity on strength, balance and falls in health adults between 40 and 65 years - a systematic review and meta-analysis.

PROfit - Prevention, Orientation, Training
(funding by the Techniker Krankenkasse, duration 2019-2022)
Subject: Preventation, Orientation and Training in nursing homes.

(funding by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research , duration 2017-2021)
Subject: Introduce Lifestyle-integrated Functional Exercise (LiFE) to improve physical activity and reduce falls in older people: A multicenter non- inferiority trial comparison of a group-delivered and individually delivered Lifestyle-integrated Functional Exercise (LiFE) program in older people.


Completed Research Projects

(funding by the European Union, Horizon 2020, duration 2016-2019)
Subject: The adapted Lifestyle-integrated Functional Exercise program for preventing functional decline in young seniors: development and initial evaluation.

(funding by the Robert-Bosch Foundation, Research Training Group Dementia , duration 2017-2019)
Subject: Lifestyle-integrated Functional Exercise program for patients suffering from dementia in acute care.

ENSuRE Exercise Nutrition Sarcopenia REview
(funding by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, duration 2017-2019)
Subject: The effect of exercise and nutritional intervention on sarcopenia-associated outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis

(funding by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, duration 2017-2018)

(funding by GAITRite, USA)
Subject: Development and validation of a new electronic gait assessment for the determination of daily life gaitpatterns.

Sensor-basierte Balancemessung
(funding by Hocoma, Schweiz)
Subject: Clinical validation of sensor-based tests to measure different subsystems of balance control

Exergaming bei CIPN
(funding by the National Institute on Aging, USA, duration 2015-2017)
Interactive sensor-based balance training in older cancer Patients with Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy: A randomized controlled trial.


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(aktuelle) Mitarbeiter


  • Malte Liebl-Wachsmuth

Assoziierte Doktoranden


  • Thomas Gerhardy (Institut für Sport- und Sportwissenschaften, Universität Heidelberg)
  • Christina Müller (Institut für Sport- und Sportwissenschaften, Universität Heidelberg)
  • Vanessa Falter (Institut für Sport- und Sportwissenschaften, Universität Heidelberg)
  • Sarah von Vincenti (SRH Hochschule Heidelberg)
  • Mae Bianca Werner (Institut für Sport- und Sportwissenschaften, Universität Heidelberg)
  • Jan Lühring (Institut für Sport- und Sportwissenschaften, Universität Heidelberg)
  • Natalie Bender (Institut für Sport- und Sportwissenschaften, Universität Heidelberg)
  • Suhitha Veeravelli, University of Arizona, USA
  • Annette Lohmann (SRH Hochschule Heidelberg)
  • Lisa Barthelmes (SRH Hochschule Heidelberg)
  • Clara Zimmermann (Universität Gießen)
  • Michael Adams (SRH Hochschule Heidelberg)
  • Marilena Marino (SRH Hochschule Heidelberg)


  • Thomas Gerhardy
  • Christina Müller
  • Annette Lohmann
  • Mai Bianca Werner
  • Vanessa Falter
  • Ricarda Günther
  • Natalie Bender
  • Jan Lühring
  • Patricia Roth
  • Michael Adams
  • Franziska Fink
  • Natalie Hezel

Ehemalige Mitarbeiter



Aktuelle Publikationen der Nachwuchsgruppe finden sich in den folgenden wissenschaftlichen Datenbanken


Kooperationspartner National

  • Klinik für Geriatrische Rehabilitation, Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus Stuttgart
  • AGAPLESION Bethanien-Krankenhaus Heidelberg
  • Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften, Universität Heidelberg
  • Institut für Psychologie, Universität Heidelberg
  • Abteilung Medizinische Biometrie, Universität Heidelberg
  • Fakultät für Therapiewissenschaften, SRH Hochschule Heidelberg
  • Institut für Epidemiologie und Medizinische Biometrie, Universität Ulm
  • Institut für Gesundheitsökonomie und Versorgungsforschung, Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf
  • Abteilung Trainings- und Bewegungswissenschaften, Humboldt Universität Berlin
  • Institut für Psychologie und Arbeitswissenschaft, Technische Universität Berlin
  • Institut für Sport- und Bewegungswissenschaften, Universität Duisburg-Essen


Kooperationspartner International

  • interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
  • Arizona Center on Aging, University Arizona, USA
  • Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Australien
  • Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology, University of Waterloo, Kanada
  • Schwartz Movement Analysis & Rehabilitation Laboratory, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
  • Division of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work, University of Manchester, UK
  • Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norwegen
  • Department of Public Health and Caring Service, Uppsala University, Schweden
  • GAITRite Systems, USA
  • Hocoma, Schweiz
  • MediTouch, Israel
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Latest Revision: 2022-07-01
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