Patricia Frytz

Patricia Frytz

Research Fellow

Haus 1, T-Trakt
Jahnallee 59, Room T 0003
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97 - 31785
Fax: +49 341 97 - 31639


Patricia Frytz is a research associate at the University of Leipzig; Faculty of Sport Science, Sport Psychology, since 2022. Her research focuses on the sleep and regeneration abilities of competitive athletes and how these are related to their performance and well-being during training. In this context, she examines protective psychological factors on the sleep of competitive athletes. She received her Master's degree in Psychology (MSc) from the University of Salzburg and her Bachelor's degree in Philosophy (BA) from the Universities of Salzburg and Stockholm. 

Professional career

  • 10/2018 - 07/2020
    Study assistant at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCNS) at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Salzburg
  • since 10/2020
    Research associate at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCNS) at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Salzburg
  • since 06/2022
    Research Associate at the Department of Sport Psychology, Faculty of Sport Science, University of Leipzig


  • 09/2015 - 07/2018
    Studies in Psychology, University of Salzburg (Bachelor of Science)
  • 03/2017 - 03/2022
    Study of Philosophy, University of Salzburg (Bachelor of Arts)
  • 08/2018 - 08/2020
    Studies in Psychology, University of Salzburg (Master of Science)
  • 08/2021 - 01/2022
    Semester abroad at the University of Stockholm (Sweden)

My current research focuses on the effects of competitive sport on the sleep-wake behaviour of athletes. I am particularly interested in how sleep quality is related to recovery capacity and how sleep-wake behaviour affects the experience of emotions, well-being and performance during training. Within the scope of my PhD project, I explore the influence of protective psychological factors such as basic psychological needs satisfaction on the objective sleep quality and the individual sleep deficit of competitive athletes.

  • Frytz, P.; Hödlmoser, K.
    Der Zusammenhang zwischen Schlaf und Training bei jugendlichen Elite-Mannschaftsathleten in Österreich
    Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie. 2022. 29 (2-3). pp. 62–73.
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  • Frytz, P.; Amesberger, G.; Hödlmoser, K.
    Ergebnisse einer Umfrage zur evidenzbasierten sportpsychologischen Praxis in Österreich, Deutschland und der Schweiz
    Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie. 2022. 29 (1). pp. 13–18.
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  • Frytz, P.; Heib, D. P. J.; Hödlmoser, K.
    Soccer, sleep, repeat: Effects of training characteristics on sleep quantity and sleep architecture
    Life. 2023. 13 (8).
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more publications

  • Research methodology

    Modul title: Research Methodology

    Module number: 08-005-0007

    Module frequency: Each winter semester

    Applicability: MSc Sports Science: Diagnostic and Intervention, MSc Sports Management

    Objective: The students know the basics of research methodology and are able to perform and analyze qualitative and quantitative research

  • Performance and Health Promotion

    Module title: Sports Psychology and Sports Medicine

    Module number: 08-001-0102

    Module frequency: Each summer semester

    Applicability: BSc Sports Science

    Objective: The students are able to apply sport psychological interventions for performance optimization and health promotion