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University Medical Center Groningen

dr. M.S. Brink

Sport Scientist (universitair docent)
dr. M.S. Brink
E-mail:
m.s.brink umcg.nl

Dr. Michel Brink is Principal Investigator and Assistant Professor (universitair docent) in Human Movement and Sport Sciences. In his research he aims to optimize sport performance and prevent injuries and overtraining by monitoring the stress-recovery balance. He uses a holistic approach and studies both physical stress of training (training load) and psychosocial factors in the personal life of players. His work is published in a number of high-ranked international journals and presented at conferences all over the world. He is a scientific advisor and collaborates with several Professional Football Clubs and National Olympic teams. 

In addition to his research, Michel teaches in the areas of Sportpsychology (BWB214), Sport Performance Analysis (BWMIN03) and Physiology of Training and Exercise (BWM134, BWM174). Furthermore he supervises, literature reviews, bachelor, master and PhD research projects.

Before completing his PhD, Michel studied both physiotherapy and human movement sciences. After that, he worked for several years as a physiotherapist and university lecturer. Furthermore, he was a research coordinator and SportsFieldLab coordinator at the Institute of Sportstudies. In that position he developed an infrastructure to link research, education and business in sport.

Michel is currently part of the steering committee Football Science Groningen (FSG), the steering committee of TopsportTopics and he is an Associate Editor at Science and Medicine in Football.



Recent media item
Weuro 2017: Zelfde regels, ander spel? Volkskrant, 15 juli 2017.

Nieuws en co Radio 1. Hoe herstellen teamsporters na de olympische spelen?


Recent publications (national)


Nijland R, Frencken WGP, Doeven SH, Brink MS (2015). Kleine partijspelen bij jeugdvoetballers. Hoe groter het veld, des te hoger de fysieke belasting? Sportgericht 69, 2, 13-15.

Brink MS & Frencken WGP (2014). Trainingsmonitoring in het voetbal. Sportgericht, 68, 5, 26-29.

Frencken WGP & Brink MS (2014). Wedstrijdanalyse in het voetbal. Sportgericht, 68, 6, 47-49.

Van de Ven M, Otter R, Berendsen AJ, Brink MS (2014). Herkenning van overbelasting bij sporters. Huisarts Wet 2014;57(8) 426-429. 


Abstracts (international)

Jaspers A, Brink MS, Frencken WGP, Helsen WF (2016). The relationship between pre-season workload indicators and changes in the Yo-Yo intermittent recovery test in professional soccer. 21st annual Congress of the ECSS, Vienna, 2016. 

Malone J, Jaspers A, Helsen WF, Frencken WGP, Brink MS. Training load and subsequent wellness undertaken by an elite soccer goalkeeper: a case study report. 21st annual Congress of the ECSS, Vienna, 2016.   

Lemmink KAPM & Brink MS. (2016) Monitoring load and recovery in (young) footballers. XXV International Conference of Sport Rehabilitation and Traumatology. Football Medicine Strategies - Return to Play, London, 2016

IJtsma R, Brink MS, Gielen J, Zwerver J. Predictive value of imaging characteristics for patellar and Achilles tendinopathy. European Federation of Sports Medicine Association, 9th European Congress on Sports Medicine, Antwerpen, 2015.

Brink MS, Zuurbier RPJ, Frencken WGP, Lemmink KAPM. Recovery after training in elite youth soccer players: sleep on it? World Congress on Science and Football, Copenhagen 2015.

Doeven SH, Brink MS, Voorintholt J, Frencken WGP, Lemmink KAPM. Load and recovery during an in-season intensive game phase; perceptions of coach and players.Annual meeting European College of Sport Science, Malmö 2015

Does HTD van der, Brink MS, Lemmink, KAPM. Changes in perceived stress and recovery relate to changes in submaximal performance in team sport players.Annual meeting European College of Sport Science, Malmö 2015

Otter TA, Brink MS, Lemmink KAPM. Monitoring perceived stress, recovery and non-traumatic lower extremity injuries in competitive runners. Annual meeting European College of Sport Science, Malmö 2015.

Otter TA, Brink MS, Lemmink KAPM. Monitoring training intensity related to submaximal heart rate measures over one full running season. Annual meeting: International Sports Science and Sports Medicine Conference, Newcastle 2014.

Van Beijsterveldt A-M, Bliekendaal S, Brink MS, Stubbe J. Injuries And Risk Factors in Physical Education Students. British Journal of Sports Medicine 48(7), 565. IOC Conference, Monaco 2014.

Does H van der, Brink MS, Lemmink KAPM. One year prospective study on ankle stability and landing technique: the occurrence of ankle and knee injuries in elite ball team athletes. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48(7), 586. IOC Conference, Monaco 2014.

Brink MS, Pots M, Lemmink KAPM. Better planning reduces injury risk in sport students. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48(7), 572-573. IOC Conference, Monaco 2014.

Van der Does H, Brink MS, Lemmink KAPM. Changes in psychosocial stress and recovery and injury occurance: a one-year prospective study. Annual European College of Sport Science congress, Amsterdam, 2014.

Brink MS, Fiechter H, Otten E, Lemmink KAPM. Interrelations between match characteristics, field and laboratory tests in youth elite basketball players. Annual European College of Sport Science congress, Amsterdam, 2014.

Otter TA, Brink MS, Lemmink KAPM. Monitoring perceived stress, recovery and submaximal performance during preparation and competition in elite female athletes. Annual European College of Sport Science congress, Amsterdam, 2014.

Brink MS (2013). Monitoring load and recovery in sports. Report from Dagstuhl Seminar (13272) Computer science in sports – Applications and Implications for Professional Coaching. Saarbrücken, Germany, 7.

Does HTD van der, Brink MS, Visscher, C, Lemmink, KAPM. Recovery kinetics during a three day Floorball tournament. European College of Sport Science, Barcelona, 2013

Otter TA, Brink MS, Lemmink KAPM. Monitoring Heart Rate Recovery In Running. European College of Sports Science, Barcelona, 2013

Sluis A van de, Wierike ter SCM, Brink MS, Elferink-Gemser MT, Visscher C. Sport injuries aligned to the timing of PHV in talented youth soccer players, Pediatric Work Physiology, Coimbra, 2013

Sluis A van de, Elferink-Gemser M, Coelho-e-Silva M, Nijboer J, Brink MS, Visscher C. Sport injuries aligned to peak height velocity in talented pubertal soccer players. Groningen Sports Medicine Symposium, 2013.

Does HTD van der, Dallinga J. Benjaminse A, Brink MS, Visscher C, Lemmink, KAPM (2013). Dynamic ankle stability and ankle sprain occurrence in elite ball team athletes: a one season prospective study. Groningen Sports Medicine Symposium, 2013.

Brink MS, Doeven SH, Lemmink KAPM. Indicators of fatigue in soccer: a case study. World Conference on Science and Soccer, Ghent, 2012

Does van der HTD, Brink MS, Visscher C, Lemmink KAPM. Individual variability in heart rate recovery after standardized sub maximal exercise. Annual European College of Sport Science congress Brugge, 2012.

Otter TA, Brink MS, Diercks RL, Lemmink KAPM. Submaximal power output is related to maximal performance in ergometer rowing. Annual European College of Sport Science congress Brugge, 2012.

Brink MS, Pots MML, Lemmink KAPM. Video analysis of injury incidents in dutch elite female soccer matches. The 7th World Congress on Science & Football, Nagoya, 2011

Brink MS, Lemmink KAPM. Comparison of coaches’ and players’ perception of training intensity; a perfect match? The 7th World Congress on Science & Football, Nagoya, 2011

Brink MS, Visscher C, Lemmink KAPM. Perceived stress and recovery as marker for overreaching. Annual European College of Sport Science congress. Oslo, 2009.

Brink MS, Visscher C, Mol J, Lemmink KAPM. Training load, recovery and interval endurance capacity in young elite female soccer players. Annual European College of Sport Science congress. Oslo, 2009.

Brink MS, Visscher C, Schmikli SL, Meeusen R, Lemmink KAPM. Psychomotor speed as marker for overreaching in young elite soccer players. American College of Sports Medicine, Seattle 2009.

Wilgen van CP, Kaptein AA, Brink MS. Illness perceptions of injured athletes useful in therapy? American College of Sports Medicine, Seattle 2009.

Lemmink KAPM & Brink MS. Monitoring stress and recovery in relation to injuries and illnesses in (young) elite soccer players. 3rd Clinical Sports Medicine Conference, Cape Town, South Africa Kaapstad, 2008.

Brink MS, Visscher C, Arends S, Lemmink KAPM. Changes in stress and recovery related to injury in young elite soccer players. Annual European College of Sport Science congress. Estoril, 2008.

Lemmink KAPM & Brink MS. Monitoring training load in young elite soccer players. Annual European College of Sport Science congress. Estoril, 2008.

Brink MS, Nederhof E, Lemmink KAPM. Training load and interval endurance capacity in young elite soccer players. Book of abstracts. Annual European College of Sport Science congress. Jyväskulä, 2007.

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