Human movement sciences Insights into the relationship between human movement, functioning and health are essential to improve our quality of life. Department
Education and research are intensely connected in the department of Human Movement Sciences. PhD's, master and bachelor students work together in an academic learning community and inspiring environment, playing a pivotal role in our research success. Our main research domains are sports sciences and healthy ageing and rehabilitation.

Sport sciences

Physical activity, exercise, and sport play a key and perhaps preventative role in the evolution of chronic diseases. An increased understanding of the relationship between human movement, functioning and health is therefore highly relevant to our quality of life.

Healthy ageing

  • Falling in the elderly: predicting individual fall risks and developing preventive exercise programmes
  • The relationship between movement and diseases such as dementia, stroke and Parkinson’s disease
  • Effects of physical activity and inactivity on cognitive and mental processes (e.g. attention, memory)


  • Recovery of normal skills levels after a stroke or paraplegia
  • Sensorimotor adaptation processes during the rehabilitation of people with an artificial arm or leg or when learning to operate an arm-drive wheelchair
  • Children with DCD (Developmental Coordination Disorder) and adults who need to relearn motor skills after a stroke or other impairment of the cognitive/sensorimotor system

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