TSG ResearchLab

Science and research from football for society

The TSG ResearchLab is a non-profit limited liability company that aims to carry out science and research on future issues in sports and society. TSG Hoffenheim as a shareholder of the Lab, together with the Hopp Foundation as a sponsor, make this institution possible in order to conduct and promote high quality research projects in a multitude of disciplines ranging from physiological and psychological performance factors in sports. Furthermore, transferring the knowledge learned from working in a high-performance team environment to the broader society can further promote better teaching and education.


By collaborating with scientific experts in numerous areas within sport science, psychology, data analysis and more, we aim to ensure that the research produced at TSG ResearchLab is of high quality. Accordingly, we work together with both national and international universities on designing new scientific projects with the aim of publishing our findings.

Executive Functions

Training ExF

Diagnostic ExF

Muscular and Skeletal Strain

By detecting potential indicators of muscle fatigue in football athletes such as inappropriate movement patterns and overstrained muscles, practitioners can act upon this information to implement further strategies towards injury prevention. Currently, a testing battery is being developed that observes standardized movement patterns using biomechanical software to screen athletes for indicators of physical fatigue. The aim is to use the results to adapt individual training interventions if required.

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Mental Fatigue

Athletes may be prone to the negative effects that mental fatigue has on their sporting performance, resulting in possible decreases in their technical and physical performance coupled with higher ratings of perceived effort feeling fatigued.

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Smart Data

Smart data will be used to determine what performance criteria is required to achieve excellence in a football domain. These criteria will further be used as a framework to help scout for talented players and inform best practice to help support talented youth players with their long-term transition into professional athletes.

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People Analytics

In many domains, how cohesive a team is may explain how successful they are at completing a specific task while maintaining the needs of their group members. Appropriately, a large amount of interest has been dedicated into understanding what unites a group of individuals and allows them to consistently and successfully complete tasks.

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Talent Development

Talent development is not a one-size-fits all principle. Successful talent development programs rely on understanding each individual’s strengths and weaknesses and to continuously adjust their training accordingly.

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