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
- 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.
- 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.
- Knee Angle and Stride Length in Association with Ball Speed in Youth Baseball Pitchers
- Push-off forces in elite short-track speed skating
- 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
- Understanding the constraints of finger motor control
- Activity patterns of extrinsic finger flexors and extensors during movements of instructed and non-instructed fingers
- Development, construct validity and test–retest reliability of a field-based wheelchair mobility performance test for wheelchair basketball
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.
- Asymmetry and evolution over a one-year period of the upward rotation of the scapula in youth baseball pitchers
- 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
- Push Characteristics in Wheelchair Court Sport Sprinting
- Anatomical parameters for musculoskeletal modeling of the hand and wrist
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.
- Elite Athlete Motor and Loading Actions on the Upper Limb in Baseball Pitching
- 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
- Biceps brachii can add to performance of tasks requiring supination in cerebral palsy patients
- Motor control retraining exercises for shoulder impingement: effects on function, muscle activation, and biomechanics in young adults
- Effect of workload setting on propulsion technique in handrim wheelchair propulsion
- Kinematic evaluation of patients with total and reverse shoulder arthroplasty during rehabilitation exercises with different loads
- The effect of experimental shortening of the clavicle on shoulder kinematics
- Special issue: Progress in shoulder biomechanics
- Are Shoulders with A Reverse Shoulder Prosthesis Strong Enough? A Pilot Study
- An EMG-driven musculoskeletal model of the shoulder
- Are the force characteristics of synchronous handcycling affected by speed and the method to impose power?
- Determining a long term ambulatory load profile of the shoulder joint: Neural networks predicting input for a musculoskeletal model
- Shoulder load during synchronous handcycling and handrim wheelchair propulsion in persons with paraplegia
- Load on the shoulder complex during wheelchair propulsion and weight relief lifting
- 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
- Parameters for modeling the upper extremity
Anaerobic work capacity in elite wheelchair athletes
van der Woude, L. H. V., Bakker, W. H., Elkhuizen, J. W., Veeger, H. E. J. & Gwinn, T., 1997, In : American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 97, p. 355-365
- Rolstoelsport en -mobilieit
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.
- Quasi-static analysis of muscle forces in the shoulder mechanism during 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
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