My main research interest is spine loading and effects of measures to reduce such loading, e.g. by ergonomics measures, improving lifting technique, and use of exoskeletons. In addition, I am interested in the cause, development and treatment of spine disorders. Another part of my research is focusing on sports biomechanics and the risk of sports injuries such as ankle sprains and knee anterior cruciate ligament ruptures.
I have supervised 11 PhD students that have graduated, and at present I am supervising 9 PhD students. Of those students, 6 will graduate at the VU. I have (co-) authored over 150 papers in international scientific journals. I serve on the editorial boards of Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, and Journal of Biomechanics.
My current research focus is in the development and testing of spine supporting exoskeletons. In five PhD projects, we are working on development of trunk and head support for patients with muscular dystrophy (Symbionics, TTW perspectief); development of trunk support for prevention and rehabilitation of low back pain (EU program SPEXOR, TTW perspectief program Wearable Robotics, and a collaborative project with TNO). Furthermore, in collaboration with a soccer club, the Dutch soccer association and a company I work on lower limb stability in relation to injury.
I obtained my PhD in 1998 from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, based on the thesis entitled: 'Challenging gravity: the mechanics of lifting'. My current position is associate professor at the Department of Human Movement Sciences. As a co-applicant I received grants from NWO (MaGw, 2003 and 2009) from the EU (Spexor, 2015) and TTW (Pespectief program Wearable Robotics ,2018).
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Excerpts of scientific work
Patients with spinal muscular atrophy use high percentages of trunk muscle capacity to perform seated tasks
Peeters, L. H. C., Janssen, M. M. H. P., Kingma, I., van Dieën, J. H. & de Groot, I. J. M., Dec 2019, In : American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 98, 12, p. 1110-1117
- The assessment of single-leg drop jump landing performance by means of ground reaction forces: A methodological study
- The effect of control strategies for an active back-support exoskeleton on spine loading and kinematics during lifting
- Dual vs. Single Tasking During Circular Walking: What Better Reflects Progression in Parkinson's Disease?
- The biomechanical effect of single-level laminectomy and posterior instrumentation on spinal stability in degenerative lumbar scoliosis: A human cadaveric study
- Don't forget the trunk in Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients: More muscle weakness and compensation than expected
- A prospective analysis of motion and deformity at the shoulder level in surgically treated adolescent idiopathic scoliosis
- Potential markers of progression in idiopathic Parkinson's disease derived from assessment of circular gait with a single body-fixed-sensor: A 5 year longitudinal study
- Kinematic and kinetic analysis of the goalkeeper's diving save in football
- Effects of a passive exoskeleton on the mechanical loading of the low back in static holding tasks
- Performance on a Single-Legged Drop-Jump Landing Test Is Related to Increased Risk of Lateral Ankle Sprains Among Male Elite Soccer Players: A 3-Year Prospective Cohort Study
- Posterior spinal surgery for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis does not induce compensatory increases in distal adjacent segment motion: a prospective gait analysis study
- Early changes in the extracellular matrix of the degenerating intervertebral disc, assessed by Fourier transform infrared imaging
- Predicting the influence of hip and lumbar flexibility on lifting motions using optimal control
- Changes in intervertebral disk mechanical behavior during early degeneration
- Age-Matched Z-Scores for Longitudinal Monitoring of Center of Pressure Speed in Single-Leg Stance Performance in Elite Male Youth Soccer Players
- Trunk, head and pelvis interactions in healthy children when performing seated daily arm tasks
- Estimating the L5S1 flexion/extension moment in symmetrical lifting using a simplified ambulatory measurement system
- Are axial intervertebral disc biomechanics determined by osmosis?
- Coupled motions in human and porcine thoracic and lumbar spines
- Continuous ambulatory hand force monitoring during manual materials handling using instrumented force shoes and an inertial motion capture suit
- Osmosis and viscoelasticity both contribute to time-dependent behaviour of the intervertebral disc under compressive load: A caprine in vitro study
- Development and evaluation of a passive trunk support system for Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients
- Spinal fusion limits upper body range of motion during gait without inducing compensatory mechanisms in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients
- A novel physiological testing device to study knee biomechanics in vitro
- A Novel Spinal Implant for Fusionless Scoliosis Correction: A Biomechanical Analysis of the Motion Preserving Properties of a Posterior Periapical Concave Distraction Device
- Is the Assessment of 5 Meters of Gait with a Single Body-Fixed-Sensor Enough to Recognize Idiopathic Parkinson's Disease-Associated Gait?
- Spinal biomechanical properties are significantly altered with a novel embalming method
- P.324 - Compensatory trunk movements during functional tasks in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy
- Effects of repetitive movement on range of motion and stiffness around the neutral orientation of the human lumbar spine.
- Cumulative Low Back Load at Work as a Risk Factor of Low Back Pain: A Prospective Cohort Study
- Estimating 3-D L5/S1 moments during manual lifting using a video coding system: Validity and interrater reliability
- Precision control of an upright trunk posture in low back pain patients
- Which factors prognosticate spinal instability following lumbar laminectomy?
- Biomechanical assessment of the effects of decompressive surgery in non-chondrodystrophic and chondrodystrophic canine multisegmented lumbar spines
- A force plate based method for the calibration of force/torque sensors.
- Work-site musculoskeletal pain risk estimates by trained observers – a prospective cohort study.
- The contribution of load magnitude and number of load cycles to cumulative low-back load estimations: A study based on in-vitro compression data
- Moving the Weber fraction: the perceptual precision for moment of inertia increases with exploration force
- Removing ecg contamination from emg recordings: A comparison of ica-based and other filtering procedures.
- The effect of ship accelerations on three-dimensional low back loading during lifting and pulling activities
- Reporting net moments about the lumbar spine [letter]
- The effect of passive vertebral rotation on pressure in the nucleus pulposus
- An EMG technique for measuring spinal loading during asymmetric lifting
- Stress distribution changes in bovine vertebrae just below the endplate after sustained loading
- Monitoring water content in deforming intervertebral disc tissue by finite element analysis of MRI data
- Dynamic forces acting on the lumbar spine during manual handling. Can they be estimated using electromyographic techniques alone?
- The cyclo-oxygenase-dependent regulation of rabbit vein contraction: Evidence for a prostaglandin E2-mediated relaxation
- Segment inertial parameter evaluation in two anthropometric models by application of a dynamic linked segment model
- Optimizing the determination of the body center of mass
Excerpts of scientific work
Intervertebral Disc Biomechanics: Long-term Axial Loading Studies
Vergroesen, P. P. A., 2015
Spinal stability following single level lumbar laminectomy: A biomechanical study of the human spine
Bisschop, A., 2015
Exploratory movements in haptic perception
Debats, N. B., 2013
On the origin of back pain
Coenen, P., 2013
Trunk control in low back pain
Willigenburg, N. W., 2012
Towards ambulatory assessment of spinal loading in the field
Faber, G. S., 2010, 184 p.
EMG-based muscle force estimation: Implications of measurement and analysis techniques
Staudenmann, D., 2007, Utrecht: Digital Printing Partners Utrecht B.V..
How do you feel? An Inquiry into Dynamic Touch and Proprioception
van de Langenberg, R. W., 2007, Amsterdam: Reprohouse Amsterdam.
Knees in need
Aalbersberg-van Berkel, S., 2006, Amsterdam: PrintPartners Ipskamp BV.
van der Burg, J. C. E., 2003, Enschede: PrintPartners Ipskamp BV.
- Challenging gravity: the mechanics of lifting