German Sport University Cologne

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German Sport University Cologne
motto Since 1947 ... science for sport
founding 1947
Sponsorship state
place Cologne
state North Rhine-WestphaliaNorth Rhine-Westphalia North Rhine-Westphalia
country GermanyGermany Germany
Rector Heiko K. Strüder
Students 5,966
As of: summer semester 2020
Employee 1.015
As of December 2019
including professors 32
As of December 2019
Aerial view of the German Sport University Cologne
Main entrance of the German Sport University Cologne
Students on the campus of the German Sport University Cologne

The German Sport University Cologne (DSHS, Spoho) is the only German sport university . It emerged from the German University for Physical Education (DHfL), which was founded in 1920 by Carl Diem and August Bier in Berlin. Carl Diem was also the founding rector of Cologne University in 1947, and remained rector until his death in 1962. Heiko K. Strüder has been Rector of the DSHS since May 20, 2014, and Marion Steffen has been Chancellor since mid-August 2020. The Rectorate is supplemented by the Vice Rectors for Studies, Teaching and Quality Management (PR 1), Research, Scientific Staff and Young Talent (PR 2), Planning, Resources and Appointments (PR 3), Knowledge and Technology Transfer (PR 4) and for communication, digitization and diversity (PR 5).

The university is located in the Müngersdorf district of Cologne , right next to the large Cologne sports park, which is home to the Rheinenergiestadion (formerly Müngersdorfer Stadion). Measured by the number of scientific institutes, the scientific disciplines represented and the students enrolled, the DSHS is the largest sports university in the world. The university emblem shows a Greek temple with four columns. These stand for the strong, the true, the good and the beautiful. The office of the European College of Sport Science, founded in Nice in 1995, is affiliated to the university .


The campus of the German Sport University Cologne is located in the Müngersdorf district of Cologne , directly at the Müngersdorf sports park. The university campus with more than 1,600 trees is located in the immediate vicinity of the Rheinenergiestadion , the Jahnwiesen and the Cologne stadium pool. On a total of 187,000 square meters of campus space, the students and employees of the sports university have 61,000 square meters of sports space for research and teaching; including 23 sports halls, 22 outdoor courts and a swimming center with a 50-meter competition pool and a diving hall with boards. or platforms at heights of 1 m, 3 m, 5 m, 7.50 m and 10 m. The swimming, judo and hockey centers are located on campus in the swimming center and in the hockey judo center. With the Central Library of Sports Science (ZB Sport), the largest international specialist library for sports and sports science is located on campus. The ZB Sport is the university library of the German Sport University Cologne and is funded by the German Research Foundation as a special collection area library.


The Cologne Sport University was founded in 1947 as the legal successor to the German University for Physical Education, which was founded in Berlin on May 15, 1920 , and approved by the Allies on November 22, 1947. A decisive contribution to the founding of the DSHS was played by John Dixon , who from 1946 to 1948 was a consultant for physical education in the "British Zone of Occupation". As early as July 7, 1947, 35 women and 65 men started teaching in the summer semester . In 1952, 285 students were enrolled, and in 1962 a state treaty was signed for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia to take over the sports university. On June 15, 1963, the new building with an area of ​​30,000 square meters in Cologne-Müngersdorf was inaugurated.

The university was given its name "German Sport University Cologne" on January 1, 1965, when a rectorate constitution and the establishment of additional chairs were decided. In 1966 the university already had around 1,000 students; on April 7, 1970 it was recognized as a university , with the right to award doctorates and habilitation . In 1976 around 2,600 students were studying at the university. In 1982, when this number had already risen to around 5,000, a new constitution came into force, whereby the university's self-administration was expanded with central and departmental bodies. In 1997 the new central library of the university was finally opened and a year later a study reform was carried out, whereby the new academic degree "Diplom-Sportwissenschaftler / in" was introduced. In 2000 the university was expanded and since then it has been known as the “European Sports University”. The basic rules of the university were amended in 2002, and central scientific institutions were set up to strengthen research. In 2006 the new athletics facility (NetCologne Stadium) was inaugurated.

In the spring of 2006, the parliamentary groups of the Lindenthal district council decided to change the name of Carl-Diem-Weg at the sports university. This was then officially decided in the district council at the end of September 2006. The reason given was that the person Carl Diem was historically controversial because of his role in National Socialism. The university management, who had Diem's ​​role examined by historians and sports scientists, lodged an urgent protest against the district council's decision, as it did not do justice to Diem's ​​person and also meant high costs for the university. The DSHS rector at the time, Walter Tokarski , also argues that one feels "discriminated if the importance of our university is not taken into account when naming the university". In August 2007, the Cologne administrative court ruled that the city of Cologne had a “wide margin of discretion” when it came to street names, which in this case was not exceeded. In 2007 the street was renamed "Am Sportpark Müngersdorf".

In 2007, as a result of the Bologna process, Bachelor and Master courses were introduced at the university and new basic regulations were adopted. In 2010 it celebrated its 60th anniversary with a total of around 5,200 students (33% women and 7% foreigners).

University status

In 1970, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia granted the German Sport University Cologne the right to award doctorates and habilitation, and the status of a scientific university with university status.

Course offers

Research and teaching is carried out at 19 scientific institutes at the DSHS. The spectrum ranges from educational , humanities and social science subjects to medical and natural science disciplines. The diploma course has been successively replaced by the new Bachelor and Master courses since the 2007/2008 winter semester . The teacher training courses offered cover training in the subject of sport for all types of schools. The university has the right to award doctorates and habilitation.

Sports aptitude test / aptitude test

Endurance run in the aptitude test

Prospective students in the sports science bachelor's and teaching degree programs at the sports university must prove that they are particularly suitable for studying sports in order to apply for a study place. The test serves to determine the sports motor performance and is generally valid for three years. The aptitude test is offered twice a year. A total of five sports are tested. In addition to athletics, swimming and gymnastics, a setback game (tennis, badminton or table tennis) and a team sport (soccer, volleyball, handball, hockey or basketball) can be selected. For this, a total of 19 of 20 sub-disciplines must be passed, whereby the endurance run must be passed at the end of the day in any case.


Scientific institutions


Research and teaching are carried out at 19 scientific institutes. The spectrum ranges from educational , humanities and social science subjects to medical and natural science disciplines.

  • Institute for movement therapy and movement-oriented prevention and rehabilitation
  • Institute for Movement and Neuroscience
  • Institute for Movement and Sports Gerontology
  • Institute of Biochemistry ( WADA -accredited laboratory for doping analysis)
  • Institute for Biomechanics and Orthopedics
  • Institute for European Sport Development and Leisure Research
  • Institute for Communication and Media Research
  • Institute for Cardiovascular Research and Sports Medicine
  • Institute for Outdoor Sports and Environmental Research
  • Institute for Education and Philosophy
  • Psychological Institute
  • Institute for Sociology and Gender Research
  • Institute for Sport Didactics and School Sport
  • Institute for Sports History
  • Institute for Sport Economics and Sport Management
  • Institute for Sports Law
  • Institute for Dance and Movement Culture
  • Institute for Training Science and Sports Informatics
  • Institute for communication skills in sports

Affiliated institutes

  • Research institute for inclusion through exercise and sport at the German Sport University Cologne and the Lebenshilfe NRW eV (FiBS eV)
  • Institute for Workplace Health Promotion (BGF)
  • Institute for Quality Assurance in Prevention and Rehabilitation (IQPR)
  • Manfred Donike Institute for Doping Analysis eV [1]

Central scientific institutions

  • German Research Center for Competitive Sports Cologne (momentum)
  • Center for PE teacher training
  • Center for Integrative Physiology in Space (ZiP)
  • Center for Olympic Studies (OSC)
  • Center for Preventive Doping Research (ZePräDo)

Research priorities

  • Center for Integrative Physiology in Space
  • Project: "Modulation of Metabolic Fluxes by Physical Activity"
  • Project: "Sport in the modern media"

Doping and anti-doping research

At the beginning of the 1950s, studies with pervitin were carried out on healthy volunteers at the sports university . A diploma thesis accepted at the DSHS in 1959 dealt with doping substances (including anabolic steroids ) in cycling.

According to the study “Doping in Germany from 1950 to today from a historical-sociological point of view in the context of ethical legitimation” presented in 2013, “experimented with anabolic steroids” at the Institute for Circulatory Research before 1977. Wildor Hollmann , the head of the institute, therefore “spoke out against the use of anabolic steroids for ethical and medical reasons”. In retrospect, Hollmann later stated that “reliable findings of a serious nature about the effects of anabolic steroids” were not available in the first half of the 1970s. "At the moment when we first received secure health damage reports, we were strictly against the use of such substances," Hollmann was quoted as saying.

In a report in the news magazine Der Spiegel from 2011, Hollmann was accused of having remained “inconsistent for a long time” “when it came to doping. He could have rebelled loudly from the start, he knew enough, he understood enough, he would have made himself heard as West Germany's top sports physician. But he didn't. "

From 1973 onwards, a blood transfusion study was carried out at the sports university for the purpose of “assessing a possible doping effect in competitive sport through such measures”. In addition, scientists from the DSHS conducted studies on beta blockers , growth hormones and amphetamines in the 1970s . Hollmann denied in 2013 that the investigations at the DSHS were doping research. He criticized the authors of the study “Doping in Germany from 1950 to today from a historical-sociological point of view in the context of ethical legitimation” had “the big mistake made to label all research that has to do with performance as doping. Without our performance-related studies, there would be no preventive medicine, no rehabilitation centers today. "

In September 2002 the "Center for Preventive Doping Research" was founded at the Sports University, which, according to its own description, was built on "on the basis of the already existing competence of the German Sports University Cologne in the field of doping research". According to its own description, the Institute of Biochemistry is one of the world's leading laboratories in the field of doping analysis and is “one of the oldest doping laboratories in the world”. In 2011 the first European Observatory for Potential Doping Substances was set up there. Mentioned competence was based, among other things, on the long-term work of Hollmann and the also not undisputed Manfred Donike . According to the sports historian Jörg Krieger, the latter nevertheless provided decisive impetus for the “expansion of international anti-doping initiatives”. His successor, Wilhelm Schänzer , who was in office until 2017, was described as a "world-renowned anti-doping expert" who, among other things, succeeded in developing proof of anabolic steroids.





Well-known students and alumni

See also

Web links

Commons : Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. ^ German Sport University Cologne: University> Profile> University Management> Rectorate. Accessed July 31, 2019 .
  3. New Rectorate complete (PuK) , DSHS Cologne (StAPS, Dept. Press and Communication), News & press releases from August 18, 2020, accessed on August 25, 2020
  4. ^ Michael Krüger: culture of remembrance in sport . LIT Verlag, Münster 2012, ISBN 978-3-643-11677-2 , p. 203 .
  5. ^ Gunnar Gerisch, Hans Guenter Steinkemper, Bernd Pfaff, Norbert Vieth: Hennes-Weisweiler-Akademie: Football teacher training at the German Sport University Cologne . Philippka-Sportverlag, 2005 ( [accessed on March 2, 2019]).
  6. ^ Chronicle: 1947 - German Sport University Cologne. Retrieved March 2, 2019 .
  7. a b MARION EICKLER: The Carl-Diem-Weg is to be renamed. March 30, 2006, accessed March 2, 2019 .
  8. Jochen Leffers: Monument fall: Sport University loses in the name dispute over Carl Diem . In: Spiegel Online . August 22, 2007 ( [accessed March 2, 2019]).
  9. ra-online GmbH: Decision> 20 L 531/07 | VG Köln - Stadt has wide discretion when naming streets < Retrieved March 2, 2019 .
  10. ^ Anne Burgmer: Council resolution: Carl-Diem-Straße is renamed. September 23, 2009, accessed March 2, 2019 .
  11. Chronicle. Retrieved August 26, 2020 .
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  13. Aptitude test for sports at the German Sport University Cologne
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  15. Research focus ( memento from September 23, 2015 in the Internet Archive ), DSHS Cologne - ZiP, accessed on August 26, 2015
  16. Research focus 'Sport der mediale Moderne' , DSHS Cologne - sportmemo, accessed on August 26, 2015
  17. ^ Klaus Blume: The doping republic: A (German) German sports history . Rotbuch, 2012, ISBN 978-3-86789-161-5 .
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  20. Doping study: Sports medicine specialist Hollmann rejects allegations . In: Spiegel Online . August 9, 2013 ( [accessed March 6, 2019]).
  21. Research focus - Institute for Biochemistry, German Sport University Cologne. Retrieved March 6, 2019 .
  22. ^ German Olympic Sports Confederation, media and public relations: anti-doping expert Wilhelm Schänzer retires - Team Germany. Retrieved March 6, 2019 .
  23. Katharina Hamacher: Observatory: Targeting doping offenders from all over Europe. In: August 5, 2011, accessed March 6, 2019 .
  24. Manfred Donike. In: Portal Rhenish History. Retrieved March 6, 2019 .
  25. Jörg Krieger: Manfred Donike: Formative figure in the international fight against doping . In: Impulse. The science magazine of the German Sport University Cologne . 2016, p. 23 .
  26. Schancer stops . In: . July 25, 2017, ISSN  0174-4917 ( [accessed March 6, 2019]).
  27. ^ Website of the German Sport University Cologne: Well-known students and alumni of the German Sport University Cologne

Coordinates: 50 ° 56 '12.1 "  N , 6 ° 52' 9.6"  E