Margit Hanssen

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Van der Boechorststraat 9, 1081 BT Amsterdam
room B648
+31 20 59 82628

Current Research

I seek to gain insights into the development and maturation of running in children from a muscle synergy perspective. My current PhD is a continuation of my Research Master internship. Currently, I am investigating the development and maturation of running in children. We are especially focussing on the effects of overweight on the muscle synergy patterns.


I studied Physiotherapy in Denmark and finished my degree in January 2012. Following this, I worked as a physiotherapist in different settings in both Denmark and Wales. I moved to the Netherlands in 2015 to pursue a dream about further educating myself and in addition delving into research. Here, I started the Research Master’s in Human Movement Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In August 2017 I finished the degree with honours (Cum Laude) with my research project entitled “Running in Children – A Study of Muscle Synergies”.

The development and maturation of running in children

The aim of my PhD project is to investigate the development and maturation of the muscle synergy patterns during running in children aged 1-8 years. We measure the position in space and muscle activity (EMG) during walking and running at comfortable speeds both overground and on a treadmill. We want to investigate the effects of added weight on the muscle synergy patterns by including children of all weight-groups.


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