Former PhDs

Take a look at the work of former PhD students, who started their scientific career in the Neuromechanics section of the Department of Human Movement Sciences. 

2019

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Rony Ibrahim

Biomechanics of Explosive Sports Skills

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Remco J. Baggen

Designing Functional Training Programs to Improve Muscle Characteristics in Older Adults using Electromyography

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Arnold Huurnink

Single-Leg Balance Performance in Sports

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Duncan Fransz

Jump Landing Performance in Footballers

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Erik van der Graaff

Perfecting your Pitch – In search of the perfect baseball pitch and its training

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Wolbert van den Hoorn

Evaluation of the Dynamical Structures of Postural Control: New Insights into Motor Adaptation in Aging and Pain

2018

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Nathalie van Beek

Understanding finger mechanics and motor control in young and elderly

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Mojtaba Mirakhorlo

Understanding fine motor control in young and elderly

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EnCarna MICó AMIGO

Time in Parkinson's disease: Clinical and preclinical markers

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Elmar Kal

Improving movement automaticity and dual-task performance in people with stroke: a change of focus?

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Aijse de Vries

Towards optimised virtual reality interventions for improving balance and muscle strength in healthy elderly

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Helga Haberfehlner

Knee joint mechanics and semitendinosus muscle morphology in spastic paresis

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Sanne Roeles

The development of a reactive gait assessment – toward identifying risk for falls in older adults

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Kaj Emanuel

Towards quantitative functional measures for intervertebral disc degeneration

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Annemarie de Witte

Mobility Performance in Wheelchair Basketball

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Sigrid Dupan

From Man to Machine –  Neural Control of Fine Hand Movements

2017

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Michel Bernabei

Neuromechanical consequences of epimuscular myofascial force transmission

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Rob van Lummel

Assessing sit-to-stand for clinical usse

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Michiel Punt

Gait stability in stroke survivors – the assessment and training of gait stability in chronic stroke survivors

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Maaike Eken

Lower limb muscle endurance and muscle strength in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy

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Mona Hichert

User capacities and operation forces – Requirements for body-powered upper-limb prostheses

2016

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Mina Arvin

Hip muscle function & mediolateral balance control

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Erwin van Maaswinkel

Identifying low-back stabilization in low-back pain and the influence of tactile information

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Chris Tijs

Mechanical relevance of linkages the interconnect skeletal muscles

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Tessy Luger

Task variation in repetitive manual work

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Armaghan Mahmoudian

Identification of risk factors associated with the progression of knee-osteoarthritis: a prospective longitudinal study

2015

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Sietse Rispens

A walk on the wild side – fall-risk assessment from daily-life gait

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Hamid Abbasi

Walking with knee osteoarthritis

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Arno Bisschop

Spinal stability following single level lumbar laminectomy

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Linda Eijckelhof

Work-related stressors and neck and upper extremity symptoms – a matter of mechanics?

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Paul van Drunen

Low-back stabilization – contribution of co-contraction and proprioceptive, vestibular and visual feedback

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Zrinka Potocanac

Quick adjustments of ongoing gait – perturbation in young and older adults

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Trienke Ijmker

Balance control in human walking: An energetic perspective

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Pieter-Paul Vergroesen

Intervertebral disc biomechanics – Long-term axial loading studies

2014

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Luis Eduardo Cofre Lizama

Medio-lateral balance assessment in older adults

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Laura HAk

Step by step – stepping strategies to prevent falling while walking

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Kim van Schooten

Predicting falls – amount and quality of daily-life gait as risk factors

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Henri Kiers

Proprioception – associations with low back pain and physical activity

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Tjarco Alta

Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty, Does it Work?: Kinematic Analyses, Clinical Evaluation and New Developments

2013

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Fabio Barbieri

Impact of muscle fatigue on mechanics and motor control of walking

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Pieter Coenen

On the origin of back pain

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Susanne van Engelen

Structural vibration testing of the lumbar spine – development of a diagnostic tool for assessment of segmental stiffness

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Daphne Wezenberg

Optimizing prosthetic gait – Balancing capacity and load

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Nienke Debats

Exploratory movements in haptic perception

2012

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Nienke Willigenburg

Trunk control in low back pain

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Hamid Abbasi

Walking with knee osteoarthritis

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Ursina Arnet

Handcycling: a biophysical analysis

2011

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Yun-JU Lee

Control of trunk movement: perturbations in cart pushing

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Erwin Speklé

Effectiveness of an intervention programme on arm, shoulder and neck symptoms in computer workers

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Hu Hai

Motor control and lumbopelvic stability in young healthy women

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Tim Bosch

Fatigue and performance in repetitive industrial work

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HamID Yakhdani

Gait characteristics in knee osteoarthritis patients before and after knee replacement

2010

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Sjoerd Bruijn

Is stability and unstable concept? Quantifying dynamic stability of human locomotion

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Martijn Niessen

Shoulder pain after stroke

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Gert Faber

Towards ambulatory assessment of spinal loading in the field

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Iris Busscher

Development of a non-fusion scoliosis correction device – biomechanical and clinical aspects

2009

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Albert van der Veen

Mechanical behaviour of the intervertebral disc under sustained compressive loading

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Linda Valent

The effects of hand cycling – On physical capacity in persons with spinal cord injury

2008

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Maaike Huysmans

From precision demands to neck and upper extremity pain

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Marcel Spanjaard

Gastrocnemius muscle fascile behaviour during stair negotiation

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Marit Praagman

Muscle load sharing – An energy-based approach

2007

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Luc Selen

Impedance modulation: a mean to copy with neuromuscular noise

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Didier Staudenmann

EMG-based muscle force estimation – implications of measurement and analysis techniques

2006

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Sietske Aalbersberg

Knees in need – Neuromuscular control of the ACL-deficient knee

2005

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Stefan van Dongelen

Upper extremity load during wheelchair-related tasks in subjects with spinal cord injury

2004

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Mirjam Pijnappels

Recovery from a trip in young and older adults – mechanics and control of the support limb

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Bart Visser

Upper extremity load in low-intensity tasks

2003

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Petra van der Burg

Lifting objects – surprised by the mass

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Sonja de Groot

Hand rim wheelchair propulsion: biophysical aspects of learning

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Huub Maas

Myofascial force transmission: Intra-, inter- and extramuscular pathways

2003

2002

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Paul Kuijer

Effectiveness of interventions to reduce workload in refuse collectors

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Marielle Stokdijk

Clinical biomechanics of the shoulder and elbow

2001

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Marco Hoozemans

Pushing and pulling in relation to musculoskeletal complaints

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Han Houdijk

The klapskate – Shifting gears in speed skating

2000 and earlier

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Idsart Kingma

Challenging gravity: the mechanisms of lifting

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Michiel de Looze

Mechanics and energetics of repetitive lifting

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DirkJan Veeger

Biomechanical aspects of manual wheelchair propulsion

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Duration

The average time to conduct the research and compile a thesis was about 4 years. The longest work lasts 8 years, the shortest was finished after 24 months.

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Amount

On average the theses cover 170 pages. The longest had 298, the shortest came with 73 pages. All enjoyed reading.

Output

Theses were about 15% purely theoretical, 85% experimental. Many of the works are still lively debated today.

Credits

Thank to all research fellows. For your commitment, your cooperation and contributions to the scientific progress.

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