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 combinationSession 1: Nature and Nurture: Twin Research and Human Genetics
Session 2: Debates About the Nature of Human Cognition
Session 2
14 July to 28 July 2018
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 and professionals 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 and professionals 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.

Theo Haan

Theo de Haan is a Senior Lecturer at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He teaches Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics to students in the Human Movement Sciences programme. During his career, spanning more than 25 years, he has received several teaching awards, including the Faculty’s Professor of the Year Award. 

"This course offers an exciting mix of hi-tech, maths and programming applied to the fields of sports and medicine."

- 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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