I study the structure – function relationship in human movement with a special interest in the upper extremity. General point of departure is that function and dysfunction can only be understood if the mechanical characteristics of the underlying structure are known. The areas of research include orthopedics, rehabilitation and physical therapy, but also maximization of performance and minimization of injury risk in sports.
Over the years, we developed biomechanical models and experimental data sets and measurement techniques for the upper extremity. This included the collection of modelling parameters for the shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist. Methods were also applied for the collection of data sets for the neck and the lower extremities. Since my research career started in the area of wheelchair biomechanics, the development of better wheelchairs, with lower injury risk and higher efficiency, has always been a special area of interest.
I am currently working the development of systems and methods to improve throwing and hitting technique in baseball and tennis, and wheelchair handling technique in wheelchair sports. This implies both the development of better insight in the fundamentals of these motions, as well as methods to provide the necessary feedback to players, coaches and other interested parties.
I received my PhD at the VU Amsterdam, in 1992. My thesis supervisors were prof. R. Rozendal and Prof.Ir. H. Stassen.
Since 2000, I combine my position in Amsterdam with a position at Delft University of Technology, department of Biomechanical Engineering.
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Excerpts of scientific work
- Push-off forces in elite short-track speed skating
- Single finger movements in the aging hand: changes in finger independence, muscle activation patterns and tendon displacement in older adults
- Improving mobility performance in wheelchair basketball
- Influence of biomechanical models on joint kinematics and kinetics in baseball pitching
Wheelchair mobility performance enhancement by changing wheelchair properties: What is the effect of grip, seat height, and mass?
Van Der Slikke, R. M. A., De Witte, A. M. H., Berger, M. A. M., Bregman, D. J. J. & Veeger, D. J. H. E. J., 1 Sep 2018, In : International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 13, 8, p. 1050-1058 9 p.
- Knee Angle and Stride Length in Association with Ball Speed in Youth Baseball Pitchers
- Increased enslaving in elderly is associated with changes in neural control of the extrinsic finger muscles
Focus of attention instructions during baseball pitching training
van der Graaff, E., Hoozemans, M., Pasteuning, M., Veeger, D. & Beek, P. J., 1 Jun 2018, In : International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching. 13, 3, p. 391-397 7 p.
- Scapular kinematics during manual wheelchair propulsion in able-bodied participants
- Getting in shape: Reconstructing three-dimensional long-track speed skating kinematics by comparing several body pose reconstruction techniques
- Scapular kinematics in professional wheelchair tennis players
- Activity patterns of extrinsic finger flexors and extensors during movements of instructed and non-instructed fingers
- Understanding the constraints of finger motor control
Timing of peak pelvis and thorax rotation velocity in baseball pitching
van der Graaff, E., Hoozemans, M. J. M., Nijhoff, M., Davidson, M., Hoezen, M. & Veeger, H. E. J., 2018, In : The Journal of Physical Fitness and Sports Medicine. 7, 5, p. 269-277 9 p.
- Development, construct validity and test–retest reliability of a field-based wheelchair mobility performance test for wheelchair basketball
- Asymmetry and evolution over a one-year period of the upward rotation of the scapula in youth baseball pitchers
Relationship between Physical Development and Performance in Youth Baseball Pitchers
Veeger, H. E. J., van der Graaff, E., van Dis, F., Verhagen, E. A. & Hoozemans, M. J. M., 2018, In : Japanese Journal of Physical Fitness and Sports Medicine. 67, 1, p. 76-76 1 p.
- Tendon displacements during voluntary and involuntary finger movements
A musculoskeletal model of the hand and wrist: model definition and evaluation
Mirakhorlo, M., Van Beek, N., Wesseling, M., Maas, H., Veeger, H. E. J. & Jonkers, I., 2018, In : Computer methods in biomechanics and biomedical engineering. 21, 9, p. 548-557
- Design and verification of a simple 3D dynamic model of speed skating which mimics observed forces and motions
- Effects of offense, defense, and ball possession on mobility performance in wheelchair basketball
- Timing and extent of finger force enslaving during a dynamic force task cannot be explained by EMG activity patterns
- Wireless instrumented klapskates for long-track speed skating
- Effect of latissimus dorsi flap breast reconstruction on the strength profile of the upper extremity
- Getting the Angles Straight in Speed Skating: A Validation Study on an IMU Filter Design to Measure the Lean Angle of the Skate on the Straights
- Elite Athlete Motor and Loading Actions on the Upper Limb in Baseball Pitching
- Anatomical parameters for musculoskeletal modeling of the hand and wrist
- Push Characteristics in Wheelchair Court Sport Sprinting
Low-intensity wheelchair training in inactive people with long-term spinal cord injury: A randomized controlled trial on fitness, wheelchair skill performance and physical activity levels
ALLRISC group, Jan 2016, In : Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. 48, 1, p. 33-42 10 p.
- The effect of experimental shortening of the clavicle on shoulder kinematics
- Special issue: Progress in shoulder biomechanics
- Kinematic evaluation of patients with total and reverse shoulder arthroplasty during rehabilitation exercises with different loads
- Upper extremity biomechanics: Are we closing the gap? Proceedings of the 5th meeting of the International Shoulder Group
Background on the 3rd International Congress "Restoration of (wheeled) mobility in SCI rehabilitation": State of the art III
Van Der Woude, L. H. V., Janssen, T. W. J. & Veeger, D. J., May 2005, In : Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. 42, 3 SUPPL. 1
- Handcycling: Different modes and gear ratios
Effective force application in guided leg extensions
Doorenbosch, C. A. M., Veeger, H. E. J., van Zandwijk, J. P. & van Ingen Schenau, G. J., 1996, In : Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings. 2, p. 531-532 2 p.
- The Effect of Wheelchair Handrim Tube Diameter on Propulsion Efficiency and Force Application (Tube Diameter and Efficiency in Wheelchairs)
- Quasi-static analysis of muscle forces in the shoulder mechanism during wheelchair propulsion
- Physiological responses during hubcrank and handrim wheelchair propulsion: A pilot study
- Physical strain and mechanical efficiency in hubcrank and handrim wheelchair propulsion
- Relationship between physical strain during standardised ADL tasks and physical capacity in men with spinal cord injuries
Anaerobic power output and propulsion technique in spinal cord injured subjects during wheelchair ergometry
Dallmeijer, A. J., Kappe, Y. J., Veeger, D. H., Janssen, T. W. & van der Woude, L. H., 1994, In : Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. 31, 2, p. 120-8 9 p.
- Isometric strength, sprint power, and aerobic power in individuals with a spinal cord injury
- Orientation of the scapula in a simulated wheelchair push
- Geometry parameters for musculoskeletal modelling of the shoulder system
- Effect of handrim velocity on mechanical efficiency in wheelchair propulsion
- A computerized wheelchair ergometer. Results of a comparison study
- Peak oxygen uptake and maximal power output of olympic wheelchair-dependent athletes
- Inertia and muscle contraction parameters for musculoskeletal modelling of the shoulder mechanism
- Load on the upper extremity in manual wheelchair propulsion
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