Physical activity is of utmost importance for health and quality of life. However, excessive physical activity can also cause health problems. For human movement scientists, the relationship between health and physical activity is an important theme. How can treatment, training or provision of for example orthoses optimize the performance of movement tasks in people with movement disorders, and how can for example ergonomic measures prevent musculoskeletal disorders?
Technical appliances play a key role in many human movements. Examples are the bicycle, the skate, the wheelchair and the keyboard. Human movement scientist, though no engineers, often come up with ideas for modifications of such technical appliances to improve movement. Successful examples are the klapskate, the SuperSeat, the C-Mill and the supermouse. Interested?
Human movement scientists study how the health of the musculoskeletal system can be maintained in old age, to promote an active and independent life style in the elderly. This field of study comprises fundamental questions such as: What changes occur in muscle cells with aging and inactivity? but also practical questions such as: How can we determine an individual’s risk of falling to implement appropriate and timely prevention measures?
- NWO Rubicon grant for research on perception of the third dimension
- Silver medal speedskating for Diane Valkenburg
- Realistic police training improves control when firing under threat
- Honorable mention for research in posture and gait
- Using a hand bike instead of wheelchair prevents injuries
- Research on muscle fibre rewarded at ACSM 2012 conference