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Human Movement Sciences

Research within the Center for Human Movement Sciences

Education and research are intensely connected in the Center for Human Movement Sciences (CHMS). PhD's, master and bachelor students work together in an academic learning community and inspiring environment, playing a pivotal role in our research success.

Master PhD
The Center runs a competitive master-PhD program providing opportunities for talented master students to complete a PhD (currently 4 PhD places per year).

What kind of research?
There are 2 research domains within the master Human Movement Sciences shown with some examples of research questions:

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

Student research projects within this domain are usually conducted on-site in nursing homes and/or geriatric wards of hospitals, residential facilities for the elderly or individual homes. The CHMS has also great lab facilities to conduct research. 

  • Testimonial van Mike van Diest

    Exergame for seniors trains balance

    PhD student Mike van Diest (SPRINT/UMCG research centre/INCAS³) has developed a game to help seniors improve their balance at home. Improved balance can prevent falls. While playing the game, seniors make skating movements in front of their TV. A camera registers these movements and shows them in a virtual cross-country skating trip on the TV screen. The game trains both stamina and coordination.

    After practising for half an hour three times a week over six weeks, the balance of some seniors had indeed improved. The seniors who participated were very enthusiastic. Some of them were so keen that they practised more than they were asked to.  The game is now being further developed and may be brought to market.

    – Mike van Diest
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