Sport and Body Culture

The research unit “Sport and Body Culture” at the Department of Public Health works within a humanities/social sciences framework. The unit focuses on the study of sports and body culture based on historical, pedagogical, philosophical, psychological and sociological theories and methods.

Core research areas:

  • Body cultural practices
  • Doping and drug use in elite and recreational sports
  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Sport and health
  • Sport ethics
  • Sport history and politics

Sport and Body Culture has an international focus and currently hosts and manages the International Network for Doping Research, INDR.

Members of the research unit teach in the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes of Sport Science.


Coordination Among Pool Swimmers (CAPS)

This project aims at investigating how physical and social constraints in a public swimming pool affect swimmers’ performance.

Crises in Anti-Doping

This project aims at identifying and analyzing problems and pitfalls in the international anti-doping campaign in search for new approaches and solutions.

Output: Dimeo, P. & Møller, V. (2018). The crisis of anti-doping in sport. Causes consequences and solutions. London: Routledge. Waddington, I. & Møller, V. (2019). WADA at twenty: old problems and old thinking?, International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, DOI: 10.1080/19406940.2019.1581645

Dark Sides of Sport

In the edited collection Dark Sides of Sport leading international scholars explore multifaceted historical and contemporary challenges for sport. The book includes historical cases studies, overviews on specific challenges and conceptual frameworks to explore various threats for sport.

Output (in press): Krieger, J. & Wassong, S. (2019). Dark Sides of Sport. Champaign: Common Ground.

Drug Use and Prevention in Gyms

This project aims to understand the nature and causes of drug use in gyms and to explore potential facilitators and barriers for drug use prevention in different settings. The project applies qualitative research methods to investigate what elements of an intervention designed to prevent the use of image- and performance-enhancing drugs (IPEDs) are effective in reaching and engaging with the target population, and which mechanisms of action can be expected to positively influence the outcome of the intervention.

Forum for Anti-Doping in Recreational Sport (FAIR)

The FAIR project will review the existing interventions on doping in recreational sport and food/supplements for sportspeople; and will raise awareness of doping issues among stakeholders. Read about the project at FAIR's website.

International Network for Doping Research (INDR)

For information on the INDR click here.

Passion and Attraction of Sport

An interdisciplinary research programme that focuses on the socializing and identity building potentials of sport and on sports ability to create well-being through passionate engagement.

Key output: Møller, R. (2019). Lidenskab og livskvalitet gennem idræt (Passion and quality of life through sport). Aarhus: Aarhus University Press.

Professional Football and Talent Development

This project investigates the phenomenon of dual career in Danish male football, with a specific focus on education, engagement and performance.

Output: Thomsen, K. R., & Nørgaard, J. (2018). Grades for goals? Challenging associations between educational engagement and improved football performance among Danish male elite players. Soccer and Society, DOI: 14660970.2018.1541798.

The Anabolic Gym

This study examines men’s use of drugs in gyms. It explores the fascination of muscles, the impact of drug use on social status and identity, their side effects and the political and regulatory initiatives taken to control their use. 

Output: Christiansen, A.V. (2018). Motionsdoping. Styrketræning, identitet og kultur. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press.

The Right to the Body

The Transformation of Global Athletics

The project critically evaluates the IAAF’s structures, governance and policies in an attempt to understand the historical developments that led to the present state of athletics. A monograph on the overall history of the IAAF is in preparation within the framework of this project.

Selected output: Krieger, J. (2019). No Struggle, No Progress: The Historical Significance of the Governance Structure Reform of the International Association of Athletics Federation. Journal of Global Sport Management, 4(1), 61-78.

Senior researchers

Ask Vest Christiansen

Associate Professor Department of Public Health - Sport Science

Jörg Krieger

Associate Professor Department of Public Health - Sport Science

Rasmus Bysted Møller

Teaching Associate Professor Department of Public Health - Sport Science

Verner Møller

Professor Department of Public Health - Sport Science

Kristian Raun Thomsen

Teaching Associate Professor Department of Public Health - Sport Science