A Portrait of the Sports Scientist and Biomechanics Expert
Our series re.searched presents researchers of the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences. This time, we would like to introduce Brian Horsak, senior researcher at the Institute of Health Sciences and head of the research focus Motor Rehabilitation at the Center for Digital Health Innovation.
To me, curiosity means …
… being passionate about questioning given facts in my research area again and again, and trying to understand the underlying processes. Moreover, it means that I always remain open for new methods in my field of research, take pleasure in testing them and – if they prove helpful – include them in my repertoire of methods.
I do research because …
… I find it fascinating to quantify and analyse the human physiology from a mechanical perspective. The primary objective is to generate insights and tools which enable us to offer an even better treatment to patients with musculo-skeletal disorders.
In the next 20 years, our society will be characterised by …
… continuous digitalisation and an increasing availability of Big Data. This will probably be true for almost every field of science and it is surely a factor that will have a strong impact on my research area, applied biomechanics and kinematics, as well.
About the person
Brian Horsak studied Sport Science at the University of Vienna and wrote his doctoral thesis in the field of biomechanics, science of movement and computer science in sport. His research focus is on biomechanics, movement analysis, gait analysis, motion capturing, and electromyography. He also carries out interdisciplinary projects in the realm of healthcare and technology. Furthermore, he is a reviewer for international trade journals in the field of biomechanics and movement science. In addition to his research activities, he works as a lecturer in the Physiotherapy and Digital Healthcare degree programmes at the St. Pölten UAS.