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 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.