Swimming research

For the investigation of the biological control and regulation circles, it was possible both in the swimming research, as well as in the diagnostics and therapy of the Atlas medicine, to close biological signal gaps by means of technical logical conclusions. The "Pilsglase experiment" was an important building block and proof of the hitherto unknown forces

Biological systems engineering on medical

and psychological care in sports

Over decades issues of the mind have had a dubious reputation in sport sciences. But since psychological instability in high performance athletes has become more widely publicised, calls for psychological care have multiplied. Progress has been slow in this field and some even say that sensibilisation for the importance of the mental state is the biggest achievement in the culture of sport during the last years. Sport psychologists today are considered in some fields as an essential part of professional care in sports. Some national teams in high performance swimming exemplify this in an optimal way. Permanent staff for these teams consist not only of coaches and physiotherapists but also of medical doctors, sport psychologists , biophysicists and nutritional scientists.

Lifestyles in tune and optimal training conditions are prerequisites for strong performance and inner balance. Causes for psychosomatic problems are too often simply categorised as symptoms of "pressure for success"..

Human cybernetics and medical care in high performance swimming

The year 2000 was the starting point of my work in Berlin with the Federal Coach / Youth Dipl. päd. Beate Ludewig and her swim team. Atlas medicine treatment resulted in an explosive increase in performance of the swimmers trained by her. We therefore wanted to know how we could prove Atlas medicine's effect. We thought that the gradual increase of lactate in the blood by steptest was a possible explanation.

Repeated measurements of serum lactate levels during the steptest showed that after TBS-IMPULS (The Atlas medicine reflex therapy) levels did not increase at the same rate as under untreated conditions but noticeably eased off . Athletes were treated during a period of 12 months during training and before competitions. Both the steptest (lactate level) and the visual observation confirmed a significant increase in performance reserves. This correlated positively with the subjective impression of the athletes. The measurements of serum lactate done during the steptest showed consistently a significant easing in the increase of lactate in athletes that had received the TSB impulse.

Beate Ludewig and Dr. Koerner
analysing results of a steptest


How does a lactate test work ?


During endurance sports the body burns fat and carbohydrates or glucose to supply the muscles with energy. Oxygen is used to metabolise carbohydrates.
Depending on the individual's level of fitness and the intensity and duration of an activity the body has to utilize another metabolic pathway to provide sufficient energy to the muscles. When this happens, glucose is broken down anaerobically and lactate is produced.
The rate of increase in lactate levels in the blood correlates to the level of endurance of the athlete: low indurance levels are demonstrated by a more abrupt increase of lactate in the blood. When testing for lactate, the level of the athlete's performance increases gradually. To determine serum lactate, blood is taken from the athlete's earlobe, gradually as performance levels increase. The result is a curve unique to each individual according to level of performance.



Proof of performance increase after TBS-impulse
(Temporary- Brain- Splitting).
through exmination of lactate levels

Anke Scholz
Back and free-style specialist,
Second Second and Fourth at the Olympic and fourth at the Olympic Atlanta Games in 1996

Philipp Kernchen
Multiple German class master
200 and 400 m Medley


1:45 min


Medical remark: Application of the TBS impulse (The Atlas medicine reflex therapy) to high performance athletes needs sport medical supervision, as sudden adrenalin sugres may pose risks are e.g. for tendons.

Prognos Computeranalysis: Supporting medicine through biophysics

Traditional research in conventional medicine focuses primarily on biomechanical and biochemical processes in the body:i.e. when an sonogram or x-ray examination shows that a human organ is at an advanced stage of impaired health or when laboratory findings are pathological. However, long before pronounced symptoms appear, there are biophysical disturbances in the body, whose energy can be measured. The institute for biomedical problems in Moscow developped in cooperation with the physician and Kosmonaut Dr. Valery Polyakov the PROGNOZ system. Over a period of 16 years a team of 400 scientists worked on this revolutionary system: a diagnosis and therapy system based on traditional chinese medicine.
At start- and endpoints of twelve pairs of main meridians (hands and feet) the energy status is measured. The measuring process is regulated by 4 microchips. Without applying any pressure, the measurements are done with an extremely low electrical current.
The energy input at the acupuncture-point measured is constant level of 455 x10^-8 watt seconds.
The computer interpretes and processes the data measured. The graph on the screen will then show precisely, which meridians conform to the norms and which ones contain too little or too much energy.

Use in research on swimming


The computer analysis system Prognos allowed us to check the status of self-regulation of the body's energy levels in the athlete during training. The measurements allowed clear descriptions of energy levels and capacity. The results confirmed that the coach's approach to adapt training to the individual biological clock and energy potential of athletes

Prognos measurements during training 


Drop in a high performance swimmer's regulatory energy level and his buoyancy during a CPD (Complex Performance Diagnostic Test) while swimming in a pool and in a flow channel
(Leipzig, 2003)

To begin with, a base measurement was taken according to the Prognos system to show the swimmer's status of self-regulation of energy level. For the swimmer to keep afloat at this point in time his energy level remained balanced. The following graphs show how in only 90 minutes a substantial drop in the swimmer's self-regulating level of energy was relative to the drop in the swimmer's buoyancy.
Reason: Pressure, disease or stress can shift regulatory energy levels, leading to blockages. Blockages in a meridian result in disturbances at the cellular level in the respective organ of the body. A concentration of such disturbances leads to a breakdown of the positive potential of the meridian?
Constant stimulation of cells necessarily leads to their demise. The Prognos system makes it possible to monitor precisely the different phases of training in order to take into account the individuality and energy reserves of the athlete and to counteract cellular destruction.

Energybalance - 14:33 hrs

Energybalance - 14:33 hrs

Energy deficit 33%- 15:32hrs

Energy deficit 58% - 15:55hrs - after swimming in a flow channel


Variations in orientation capacity and buoyancy in situations of stress

The following experiments illustrate the bilateral nature of the body. We wanted to demonstrate that in situations of stress, buoyancy and orientation skills of the swimmer undergo changes. A base value was established first by measuring the buoyancy level of a swimmer in water. As seen in picture A, swimmer 1 has almost a horizontal position in the water. Swimmer 2 (picture B) has a less favourable baseline position in the water. He clearly lies deeper in the water.

In order to analyse their orientation capacity in the water, athletes received blackened glasses putting them in the stress situation of a blind swimmer. In a pool without markings the athlete had to follow a virtual straight line. The longer the distance of blind swimming was, the stronger the bilateral nature of the body came into effect with an increase of the thrust of one side of the body (picture E).
After the experiment, swimmer 1 was less buoyant in the water (picture B). For swimmer 2 the stress of blind swimming led to a condition of near panic after the turn with a massive increase of the thrust of one side of the body (picture F). The buoyancy test that followed showed that the swimmer was no longer able to lie on the water but that one side of the body was sinking (picture D).
The results of the experiments could also prove that nature through the bilateral character of the body for orientation has provided for a survival mechanism.


swimmer 1




"Dead man" - Water buoyancy in supine position before swimming "blind" shows an almost even bilateral balance, the left body half is only minimally deeper in the water.





swimming "blind" - slight deviation from the virtual straight line from start to turn. After the turn difficulties of orientation become more marked and stress increases. The swimmer is drifting more and more away







"Dead man"- Water buoyancy in supine position after swimming "blind" shows a somewhat deeper position in the water and the slight tilting of the left half of the body.

swimmer 2




"Dead man"- Water buoyancy in supine position shows already before swimming "blind" a deeper water position of the whole body and a significant tilt of the right side of the body.




Swimming "blind"- increased drifting away from the virtual straight line from start to turn. After the turn orientation loss becomes massive and stress turns into panic. The swimmer is drifting so far away from the virtual straight line that he would return in a radius to the turning point.






Dead man" - water buoyancy after swimming "blind" has disappeared, the right side of the body tilts completely.



Berlin: 2008-05-07

All test series was held in 2003, at assisting the swimming coach Beate Ludewig and her swim team.

A new publication on the subject of the MPI Tübingen:

Max-Planck-Institut für Biologische Kybernetik
Tübingen, 20. August 2009.
Auf der Suche nach Orientierung
Mehr dazu: http://www.kyb.mpg.de/de/press/2009/souman.html


Current Biology - Walking Straight into Circles


Angelika Würzner A.Wuerzner@gmx.de
Liepnitzstr. 16
10318 Berlin

Berlin, 16.12.2009


Professor Dr. Heinrich Bülthoff
Max-Planck-Institut für biologische Kybernetik
Abteilung Wahrnehmung, Kognition und Handlung
(als E-Mail)



Betrifft: Pressemitteilung vom 20. August 2009 „Auf der Suche nach Orientierung"



Sehr geehrter Herr Prof. Dr. Bülthoff,


als ehrenamtliche Mitarbeiterin bin ich an der humankybernetischen Grundlagenforschung des eigenfinanzierten Forschungsteams Koerner/Ludewig – Berlin beteiligt. Herr Dr. med. Dipl. Ing. Herbert Koerner, praktizierender Orthopäde und Frau Dipl. Päd. Beate Ludewig, Trainerin im Hochleistungsbereich Schwimmen und heutige Bundestrainerin/Nachwuchs, forschen seit Jahren an einer dopingfreien Leistungssteigerung und der damit verbundenen wichtigsten Frage nach dem Ortungs- und Auftriebsverhalten des Menschen. In dieser Arbeit vernetzen sie die Disziplinen biologische Kybernetik, Bionik, Neurophysiologie, Psychologie und Quantenmechanik.
Vorweg sei angemerkt, dass das zuständige Ministerium kein Interesse an dieser effektiven Forschungsarbeit zeigte und die Bitte einer finanziellen Unterstützung, und damit die Ausweitung der Arbeit, abwies. Flexibilität in der Reagenz auf das Engagement Einzelner ist in dem System des bürokratisch verwalteten „Wissenschaftsstandortes Deutschland" nicht vorgesehen. Mit dieser Erfahrung muss man leben.
Frustrierend wirkt allerdings auf mich die Tatsache, dass ein namhaftes, angesehenes, finanziell gefördertes Institut, das Max-Planck-Institut für biologische Kybernetik, in einer Pressemitteilung vom 20.8.2009 eine Versuchsreihe als Forschungsnachweis publiziert, in welchem die Wissenschaftler ein sehr simples Bild menschlicher Wahrnehmungsleistungen entwerfen. Schnell kommen die Forscher zu dem Schluss, dass die Richtungsinformationen aus den Sinnesorganen ungenau sind und die Probanden, beim laufen mit verbundenen Augen, mehr oder weniger zufällig kreisförmige Laufstrecken entstehen lassen.
Hier stellt sich die Frage nach dem wissenschaftlichen Fundament einer Forschungsarbeit. Richtig, die zelluläre Feinregulation des menschlichen Körpers ist durch eine direkte physikalische Methode nicht messbar, aber muss man aus diesem Grund in die Extreme des Maschinenzeitalters zurück fallen? Der Mensch ist kein Ding, kein Ersatzteillager. Die Vernetzung der menschlichen Regelkreise ist ein Wunderwerk der Humankybernetik. Wie können Ihre Forscher von „Sinnesorganen" sprechen, wenn sie gleichermaßen die Summation dieser Informationen negieren? Eben diese Summation gibt den Ausschlag der Wahrnehmung. Will man das kreisförmige Laufen orientierungsloser Menschen widerlegen, so ist ein unebenes Gelände denkbar ungünstig für eine reelle Evaluation. Kleinste Unebenheiten des Bodens beeinträchtigen z.B. den „Tastsinn" der Füße, setzen Reize frei, die uns im Gang beeinflussen. Speziell für diesen Versuch hätte man aus diesen Gründen eine absolut ebene, glatte Fläche wählen müssen.
Die genannte Presseerklärung schildert eine sehr grobmaschige Forschung. Es ist nicht ersichtlich, ob die Forscher eine Bilateralität des Körpers, also eine angelegte Asymmetrie der Körperhälften berücksichtigen und somit in Betracht ziehen, dass das kreisförmige Laufen in der Orientierungslosigkeit auch als „Überlebensnavigator" dienen könnte.
Erlauben Sie mir, dass ich in kurzer Form die feinmaschigen Ergebnisse der Gruppe Koerner/Ludewig dagegen stelle. Mit dem Ausschalten der notwendigen Komplexität der Sinnesorgane und dadurch mit dem Ausschluss der Summation der Informationssignale im Versuchlabor werden Sie der Wahrnehmung und kognitiven Leistung des Menschen nicht auf den Grund gehen können.



Freundliche Grüße


Angelika Würzner


What could possibly be implied by experienced swimmers in the following statements: "The water just slips away," "lying on the water ," to feel lighter," Is their imagination playing tricks on them or can one really measure buoyancy shifts in the water?
The thought behind this experiment was to establish how objective shifts in gravitational forces affect a living organism and have an impact on its bilateral character and on its buoyancy. In these experiments the maximum and minimum lung capacity of the swimmer was taken into account. Presently it is still not clear whether the oxygen content in the blood has an impact on the swimmer's buoyancy. We examined nature's pre-programmed imbalance in the two body halves of the swimmer in terms of anatomy, physiology, and energy regulation. These swimming experiments demonstrated that a living organism in water is provided with a "cybernetic life jacket" in a gravitational field. In high performance sports a fraction of a second can determine a winner or loser. The results of our fundamental research in the field of human cybernetics have opened up a whole new perspective on training procedures and the preparation for competition.

New swimsuits have been developed with bionic designs to minimize swimmer's drag in the water. In 2004, at the Swimming World Cup in Berlin, the swim coach, Beate Ludewig and I gave a presentation on the results of our fundamental research on human cybernetics and its impact on buoyancy and orientation of a swimmer in the water. Afterwards, a discussion ensued. At that point in time I felt that the development of biodynamic swimsuits could have an enormous impact on human drag in the water. I was also able to discuss freely then the technical design of such swimsuits, because in Germany there wasn't any interest in our research results. A good example of material design development today is the LZR Racer swimsuit developed by the Australian manufacturer, Speedo which has become subject of an ongoing discussion. After teaming up with NASA,it took Speedo four years to develop this new swimsuit which has been used in 17 world records. Right now this Speedo swimsuit is being assessed for its compliance with regulations. "Doping" by materials?
Which properties in the field of gravitation could play a role here?

Koerner´s Pilsglasexperiment demonstrates that every living cell in water has a biocybernetic control mechanism which allows for drag to be exerted at the edge of the cell wall bordering on water and hence makes controlled forward movement possible. The gravitational-sensitive cell has a processor that calculates the level of energy needed for distribution and positioning in forward movement.
The outer layer of fish skin results from the logical biophysical development in an advanced organism whose fit-to-form layer of scales accommodates for drag on the fish in water. Also human beings have this capacity but in a less developed form. This capacity could be even considerably improved by providing a swimmer with a "smart swimsuit."


I would like to especially thank:

Frau Dipl. paed. Beate Ludewig and her swim team, in particular the swimmers: Ralf Braun, Philipp Kernchen, Sven Lodziewski, Katrin Meissner, Anke Scholz, Stev Theloke und Sandra Voelker!


FIRST EDITION: 2008-5-15

LAST UPDATE: 2010.02.12