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Research University Centre for Sports, Exercise and Health (UCSEH)
University Medical Center Groningen


All our research is embedded in the UMCG research institutes “Northern Center for Healthcare Research” (NCH) and “Behavioral and Cognitive Neurosciences” (BCN). The research performed is organized according to three broad topic areas:

  • Overuse injuries
  • Physical activity and sports injuries
  • Sport and physical activity in special populations

Below, the titles and names of the currently running funded research projects in each topic:




Hans Zwerver, Henk van der Worp, Inge van den Akker-Scheek, Evert Verhagen, Fred Hartgens, Ron Diercks

Financing: ZonMW


TOP-PRIK - study

Mathijs van Ark, Hans Zwerver, Inge van den Akker-Scheek, Ron Diercks

Financing: UMCG

Chronic tendinopathy

Paul van Wilgen, Hans Zwerver, Rienk Dekker

TOP-shock study

Henk van der Worp, Hans Zwerver, Inge van den Akker-Scheek, Ron Diercks

Anterior Cruciate Ligament
Measuring functional recovery of athletes after an anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
Inge Reininga, Martin Stevens, Koen Lemmink, Ron Diercks, Theo Mulder
Financiering: UMCG
Gait analysis in the decision making for ACL-reconstruction.
A.L. Boerboom, At Hof, J.R. van Horn, Ron Diercks
Financiering: UMCG

Monitoring the stress-recovery balance in young (elite) athletes as preventive tool for illness, injuries and overtraining.
Michel Brink, Koen Lemmink, Hans Zwerver, Erik Scherder
Financing: ZonMW

Physical activity and sports injuries

Running Related Injuries
The Groningen Novice Running (GRONORUN) Project.
Ida Buist, Steef Bredeweg, Gert-Jan Pepping, Koen Lemmink, Ron Diercks
Financiering: ZonMW

The Groningen Novice Running (GRONORUN 2) Project

Sjouke Zijlstra, Steef Bredeweg, Ida Buist, Ron Diercks


Sport & Handicap

Disability Sport

Sport with a prosthesis: obstacles and opportunities.
Rienk Dekker, Jan Geertzen, Gert-Jan Pepping
Research projects in cooperation with the Hanze University Groningen

Healthy Life style

Adrie Bouma, Paul van Wilgen, Koen Lemmink, Arie Dijkstra, Ron Diercks

Different methods are used for physical activity promotion such as: lifestyle campaigns, telephone counseling, or oral counseling with or without physical activities. These studies however described contradictory effects. Moreover, a large percentage of participants stopped being physically active after the intervention (Bredahl et al, 2008). Physical activity counseling interventions among primarily sedentary individuals should be partly based on barrier and task self-efficacy (Blanchard, 2007). Therefore, this study will develop a new perspective of lifestyle counseling in primary care. A method will be developed that aims to change people's behavior by focusing on circumventing barriers to reduce relapse by tailored goal setting (little steps) and releasing guidelines of physical activity. This intervention focuses on preventing relapse.

How to prevent knee injury in fast sports conditions: the difference between men and women

Anne Benjaminse, Bert Otten, Koen Lemmink en Ron Diercks

A research project looking at prevention of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in female and male soccer players. We will investigate the effects of an intervention program on the central somatosensory and neuromuscular system and how the intervention program will potentially promote dynamic stability of the knee, with the ultimate goal to reduce the incidence of ACL injuries. After establishing the effect of the intervention program in a selected sample of soccer players, we will investigate the possibilities to prospectively conduct the program at a larger scale

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