BKH Augsburg
BKH Augsburg


Within the framework of our working group on sports psychiatry and psychotherapy, we conduct research in the field of sports therapy for psychiatric disorders, with the aim of developing homogenous and standardized treatment recommendations for patients with mental illnesses.

Our main focus in the field of sports psychiatry are the psychological stress in competitive athletes as well as the effects of sports on mental illnesses.


ReCaP (Running effects on Cognition and Plasticity)

The study investigated the effects of extreme sports on neuropsychological and cardiovascular parameters in marathon runners. The data collection is completed, the evaluation of the subprojects is ongoing.


MovE (Motivation for Exercise)

In this logitudinal study, we aim to investigate the interaction between the state of knowledge about physical activity and the effects of physical activity on physical and mental health. Interventions that build on one another serve to determine which measures are most effective in increasing physical activity. 


CAPE (Caffeine and physical Performance in mental illness)
This longitudinal pilot study is the first to investigate the influence of caffeine consumption on physical performance in depression. Furthermore, we aim to explore how physical performance changes in relation to caffeine consumption over the course of a twelve-week sports program.


  1. Einfluss von Sport auf depressive Symptome bei somatischen Erkrankungen.

    Hirschbeck A & Roeh A (2021). InFo Neurologie + Psychiatrie, 23, 28-35. https://doi.org/10.1007/s15005-021-1944-2

  2. Sportliche Aktivität und Stimmungslage. Hirschbeck A & Roeh A (2022). CME, 19, 21-27. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11298-022-2325-y

  1. Hirschbeck A, Leao DS, Wagner E, Hasan A, Roeh A. Psychiatric medication and physical performance parameters - Are there implications for treatment? Front Psychiatry. 2022 Sep 6;13:985983. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2022.985983. PMID: 36147967; PMCID: PMC9488519.

  2. Roeh A, Schoenfeld J, Raab R, Landes V, Papazova I, Haller B, Strube W, Halle M, Falkai P, Hasan A, Scherr J. Effects of Marathon Running on Cognition and Retinal Vascularization: A Longitudinal Observational Study. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2021 Oct 1;53(10):2207-2214. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002699. PMID: 34033620.

  3. Roeh A, Lembeck M, Papazova I, Pross B, Hansbauer M, Schoenfeld J, Haller B, Halle M, Falkai P, Scherr J, Hasan A. Marathon running improves mood and negative affect. J Psychiatr Res. 2020 Nov;130:254-259. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2020.08.005. Epub 2020 Aug 15. PMID: 32854076.

  4. Roeh A, Engel RR, Lembeck M, Pross B, Papazova I, Schoenfeld J, Halle M, Falkai P, Scherr J, Hasan A. Personality Traits in Marathon Runners and Sedentary Controls With MMPI-2-RF. Front Psychol. 2020 May 8;11:886. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00886. PMID: 32457686; PMCID: PMC7225272.

  5. Roeh A, Bunse T, Lembeck M, Handrack M, Pross B, Schoenfeld J, Keeser D, Ertl-Wagner B, Pogarell O, Halle M, Falkai P, Hasan A, Scherr J. Running effects on cognition and plasticity (ReCaP): study protocol of a longitudinal examination of multimodal adaptations of marathon running. Res Sports Med. 2020 Apr-Jun;28(2):241-255. doi: 10.1080/15438627.2019.1647205. Epub 2019 Jul 25. PMID: 31345073.

  6. Roeh, A., Schuster, T., Jung, P. et al. Two dimensional and real-time three dimensional ultrasound measurements of left ventricular diastolic function after marathon running: results from a substudy of the BeMaGIC trial. Int J Cardiovasc Imaging 35, 1861–1869 (2019).    https://doi.org/10.1007/s10554-019-01634-5

  7. Roeh A, Kirchner SK, Malchow B, Maurus I, Schmitt A, Falkai P, Hasan A. Depression in Somatic Disorders: Is There a Beneficial Effect of Exercise? Front Psychiatry. 2019 Mar 20;10:141. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00141. PMID: 30949079; PMCID: PMC6435577.

  8. Roeh A, Malchow B, Levold K, Labusga M, Keller-Varady K, Schneider-Axmann T, Wobrock T, Schmitt A, Falkai P, Hasan A. Effects of Three Months of Aerobic Endurance Training on Motor Cortical Excitability in Schizophrenia Patients and Healthy Subjects. Neuropsychobiology. 2018 Jul 12:1-8. doi: 10.1159/000489714. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 30001538.

  9. Maurus I, Mantel C, Keller-Varady K, Schmitt A, Lembeck M, Röh A, Papazova I, Falkai P, Schneider-Axmann T, Hasan A, Malchow B. Resistance training in patients with schizophrenia: Concept and proof of principle trial. J Psychiatr Res. 2020 Jan;120:72-82. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2019.09.015. Epub 2019 Sep 27. PMID: 31634752.

  10. Maurus I, Hasan A, Röh A, Takahashi S, Rauchmann B, Keeser D, Malchow B, Schmitt A, Falkai P. Neurobiological effects of aerobic exercise, with a focus on patients with schizophrenia. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2019 Aug;269(5):499-515. doi: 10.1007/s00406-019-01025-w. Epub 2019 May 21. PMID: 31115660.

  11. Keller-Varady K, Varady PA, Röh A, Schmitt A, Falkai P, Hasan A, Malchow B. A systematic review of trials investigating strength training in schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Schizophr Res. 2018 Feb;192:64-68. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2017.06.008. Epub 2017 Aug 24. PMID: 28602648.

  12. Scherr J, Schuster T, Pressler A, Roeh A, Christle J, Wolfarth B, Halle M. Repolarization perturbation and hypomagnesemia after extreme exercise. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2012 Sep;44(9):1637-43. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e318258aaf4. PMID: 22543737.

  13. Schmitt A, Maurus I, Rossner MJ, Röh A, Lembeck M, von Wilmsdorff M, Takahashi S, Rauchmann B, Keeser D, Hasan A, Malchow B, Falkai P. Effects of Aerobic Exercise on Metabolic Syndrome, Cardiorespiratory Fitness, and Symptoms in Schizophrenia Include Decreased Mortality. Front Psychiatry. 2018 Dec 21;9:690. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00690. PMID: 30622486; PMCID: PMC6308154.

  14. Schmitt A; Malchow B; Lembeck M; Maurus I; Roeh A; Papiol S; Hasan A; Falkai P. Aerobic exercise for the improvement of cognition and enhancement of recovery in postacute schizophrenia. Nervenheilkunde 5/2018