Human Movement Analysis

Collect data with biomechanical experiments
From elite sport to clinical rehabilitation, we are constantly trying to enhance the physical capabilities of the human body. Today, the main tool in this process is movement analysis.
Course levelAdvanced Bachelor
Recommended course combinationBlock 1: Neurodegenerative Diseases: From Clinic to Bench, Global Health
Block 3: Nature & Nurture: Twin Research and Human Genetics, Operations Research: A Mathematical Way to Optimize Your World
Block 2
22 July to 5 August
Co-ordinating lecturerDrs. Theo de Haan
Other lecturersMelvyn Roerdink, Rebekka Verheij, Prof. Thomas Janssen
Form(s) of tuitionInteractive seminars, practicals
Form(s) of assessmentPractical assignment
ECTS3 credits
Contact hours45
Tuition fee€1000
Students from a wide range of science-oriented disciplines, such as Biology, Health Sciences, Physics, Physiotherapy, Sports Sciences and, of course, Human Movement Sciences. If you have doubts about your eligibility for the course, please let us know. Our courses are multi-disciplinary and therefore are open to students with a wide variety of backgrounds.
This course is a practical exploration of that topic. Following a brief general introduction to Human Movement Sciences and the presentation of a number of two and three-dimensional motion-capture techniques, you move into our extensive laboratory. Fitted with force plates, treadmills and even a climbing wall, here you collect your own data by performing relatively simple biomechanical experiments. In the second part of the course you analyse that material using MATLAB, a world-renowned numerical computing environment. As well as learning the ins and outs of this unique software tool, you also acquire the basics of digital signal analysis.
This course acquaints you with various movement registration techniques and their use in sports and rehabilitation settings. By the end of it you will be able to use the MATLAB programming environment to perform basic digital signal analyses on movement data you have collected yourself.
- Trip to the Adidas MiCoach Performance Centre, where Amsterdam football club Ajax uses movement analysis equipment to enhance both its youth and its professional players’ capabilities; and,
- Visit to the Amsterdam Rehabilitation Research Centre at Reade, where state-of-the-art movement analysis is used to support the rehabilitation of patients following strokes, spinal-cord injuries, amputations and so on.

To complete this course successfully, it is recommended that you have a good working knowledge of mathematics, in particular differential and integral calculus, and a proven interest in working with technical software tools.
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