Annika Prien graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Sciences from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and with a Master’s degree in Sports and Exercise Psychology from Brunel University London, UK. Since 2015 she has worked as a research assistant at the MSH Medical School Hamburg in the Department for Prevention and Sport. Currently, Annika Prien is studying towards a PhD on long-term health in elite sports at the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam.
In her PhD project entitled “Head in the Game”, Annika evaluates a broad array of health outcomes in retried football players, with a particular focus on the potential long-term effects of sport-related head impacts on cognitive function. Further research interests include injury surveillance in aquatics sports and prevalence of mental health issues in elite athletes.
In her spare time, Annika plays Ultimate Frisbee and enjoys climbing mountains.