Germany

GSU

The German Sport University Cologne is Germany’s only, and Europe’s largest, university in the field of sport and exercise science. It comprises 20 academic institutes, four affiliate institutes as well as 12 academic centres and research units. The institute’s Swim Research Group holds a strong interest in learn-to-swim educational concepts. Herein, its focus ranges from assessing basic aquatic skills in (pre)school children to analysing succeeding predictors in talent promoting/talent identification programmes and further on to consecutive performances among age group swimmers competing at national and international levels.

The German Sport University of Cologne will be represented by:

Ilka Staub

Ilka Staub is a Lecturer for Swimming at the Institute of Professional Sport Education and Sport Qualification at the German Sport University Cologne. Soon to be finishing her PhD on “Performance development in junior competitive swimming: Empirical findings and consequences”, she acts as speaker at national conferences of advanced coaches’ education. Ilka Staub has published peer-reviewed articles on swim education and holds a German Swimming Association’s swim coach license (A, competitive sports). Moreover, she is a founding member of the swimming club Kopfsprung Köln.

Tobias Vogt

Prof. Dr. Tobias Vogt heads the Institute of Professional Sport Education and Sport Qualifications at the German Sport University Cologne. The institute comprises educational and research areas in sports, including Badminton, Gymnastics, Football, Swimming and Tennis. In its areas of sport-specific expertise, the educational responsibilities of the institute lie within the university’s Bachelor and Master courses, primarily for Physical Education teachers as well as for sport-specific qualifications. Moreover, Tobias Vogt is Adjunct Professor at the Waseda University, Japan and has built an international Graduate School on “Performance control in sports” at the Faculty of Sport Sciences. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on sportspecific movement learning and skill acquisition in renowned scientific journals.

Maila Vogel

Andreas Bieder

Dr. Andreas Bieder is a Senior Lecturer and coordinates the education and research for Swimming at the Institute of Professional Sport Education and Sport Qualifications at the German Sport University Cologne. He acts as speaker for education and training in the German Swimming Association, the Coaches Academy and the German Olympic Sports Confederation. Moreover, he is a founding member of the swimming club Kopfsprung Köln.

Inga Fokken

Inga Fokken is an ad hoc Lecturer for Swimming at the Institute of Professional Sport Education and Sport Qualifications at the German Sport University Cologne. She is also a Physical Education and Pedagogics teacher, acts as speaker at national conferences of advanced coaches’ education and heads the infants and toddler swimming at the swimming club Kopfsprung Köln.