Human Movement Sciences

A research and teaching department of the
Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Human Movement Sciences

Searching for scientific answers to practical questions

Human Movement Sciences

How to improve sports and health

Human Movement Sciences

Analyze and improve working conditions

Human Movement Sciences

The department of Human Movement Sciences covers a broad, multidisciplinary spectrum of fundamental and applied research in human movement. We combine physiology, psychology, mathematics and (bio)mechanics via an integrative and translational approach. This is to examine both normal and pathological functioning but also to optimize mobility in for example sport and rehabilitation. Read more.

The Sections

Coordination Dynamics

Coordination Dynamics

We seek to understand the coordination between limbs and between movements and environment using concepts and tools of the theory of dynamical systems.
Education

Education

The team contains three senior and six junior lecturers that act as mentors and are the primary contact for our first-year students.
Motor Learning

Motor Learning & Performance

We examine motor control and learning at different stages of development within sport, rehabilitation, physical education and other performance environments.
Neuromechanics

Neuromechanics

Neuromechanics integrates neurophysiology and biomechanics to better understand the neuromusculoskeletal system.
Physiology

Physiology

Our focus is on improving performance in healthy people and athletes and in the presence of motor impairment due to accident, illness, disease or ageing.
Sensorimotor Control

Sensorimotor Control

Sensorimotor control is primarily concerned with how we adapt our movements to the environment.

Intersectional Research Projects

Our research is inherently interdisciplinary. While that already manifests itself in the projects within each section, we also strongly capitalize on the cross-sectional expertise.

Latest News from the sections

Here you can find all the latest department news and actual topics of the different sections.

Coordination Dynamics

The section Coordination Dynamics seeks to understand the coordination between limbs and between movements and environment using concepts and tools of the theory of dynamical systems.

HMS Section Education

Education

In the section Education, senior and junior lecturers develop workgroup and practical education. All the lecturers are acting as mentors for the first-year students.
 

Motor Learning & Performance

Motor Learning & Performance

Motor Learning & Performance examines motor control and learning at different stages of development within sport, rehabilitation, physical education and other performance environments.

Neuromechanics

Neuromechanics

The section Neuromechanics integrates neurophysiology and biomechanics to better understand the neuromusculoskeletal system.

Physiology

Physiology

The Physiology section focuses on improving performance in healthy people and athletes and in the presence of motor impairment due to accident, illness, disease or ageing.

Sensorimotor Control

Sensorimotor Control

In the Sensorimotor Control Section we are concerned with how we adapt our movements to the environment.