A Portrait of the Physiotherapist and Sports Scientist
Our series re.searched presents researchers of the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences. Up next: Anna-Maria Raberger, lecturer at the Department of Health Sciences.
To me, curiosity means…
… asking questions and striving to answer them.
I do research because…
… there are still many questions awaiting an answer, or rather the number of questions is growing all the time. I’m particularly interested in understanding human motion and the underlying processes in our brains. For example, how the sense of vision influences our motion behaviour in everyday life, or which instructions are helpful in order to support the (re-)learning of movements. Such knowledge can help promote motoric learning processes, counteract health problems early on, and optimise approaches to physiotherapeutic treatment.
In the next 20 years, our society will be characterised by…
… demographic problems (e.g. higher life expectancy) as well as the increase of civilisation diseases which can be attributed to our lifestyle, as studies such as the Austrian Health Survey 2014 have shown. On the other hand, expertise and technological advance are growing steadily, thus providing us with a broad spectrum of action. Our specific field of activity challenges us to find a balance between these two developments – it should be our goal to provide individualised healthcare which is as efficient as possible.
About the person
The physiotherapist and sports scientist Anna-Maria Raberger is a lecturer at the Department of Health Sciences of the St. Pölten UAS. Apart from physiotherapy and digital healthcare, focus areas of her research are motor learning, training sciences, anatomy, movement sciences, biomechanics, and eye tracking.