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Human Movement Analysis

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

From elite sport to clinical rehabilitation, we are constantly trying to enhance the physical capabilities of the human body. Today, the main tool in this process is movement analysis. 

Students and professionals from a wide range of science-oriented disciplines, such as Biology, Health Sciences, Physics, Physiotherapy, Sports Sciences and, of course, Human Movement Sciences. If you have doubts about your eligibility for the course, please let us know. Our courses are multi-disciplinary and therefore are open to students and professionals with a wide variety of backgrounds.

This course is a practical exploration of that topic. Following a brief general introduction to Human Movement Sciences and the presentation of a number of two and three-dimensional motion-capture techniques, you move into our extensive laboratory. Fitted with force plates, treadmills and even a climbing wall, here you collect your own data by performing relatively simple biomechanical experiments. In the second part of the course you analyse that material using MATLAB, a world-renowned numerical computing environment. As well as learning the ins and outs of this unique software tool, you also acquire the basics of digital signal analysis.

This course acquaints you with various movement registration techniques and their use in sports and rehabilitation settings. By the end of it you will be able to use the MATLAB programming environment to perform basic digital signal analyses on movement data you have collected yourself.

Theo de Haan is a Senior Lecturer at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He teaches Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics to students in the Human Movement Sciences programme. During his career, spanning more than 25 years, he has received several teaching awards, including the Faculty’s Professor of the Year Award. 

"This course offers an exciting mix of hi-tech, maths and programming applied to the fields of sports and medicine."

- Trip to the Adidas MiCoach Performance Centre, where Amsterdam football club Ajax uses movement analysis equipment to enhance both its youth and its professional players’ capabilities; and, 
- Visit to the Amsterdam Rehabilitation Research Centre at Reade, where state-of-the-art movement analysis is used to support the rehabilitation of patients following strokes, spinal-cord injuries, amputations and so on.

Location Amsterdam, Netherlands
20 Jul 2019 - 3 Aug 2019
Levels Bachelor / Undergraduate
Credits 3.0 ECTS
Program fee 1,150 EUR
Accommodation fee 500 EUR
Extra information about the fee:
There are several accommodation options, ranging in price from €500 to €550. There are discounts:
€150 discount for early birds (register before 15 March, 23.59 CET).
€250 discount for all students from partner universities.
€200 discount when you apply for 2 courses, €300 when you apply for 3 courses.
€450 discount if you are currently a student at VU Amsterdam. Visit our website to see all housing options and for a list of partner universities.
Application deadline 1 May 2019
Entry requirements:
At least enrolled in 2nd year of Bachelor studies. To complete this course successfully, it is recommended that you have a good working knowledge of mathematics, in particular differential and integral calculus, and a proven interest in working with technical software tools.
Contact information:
Skype: VU Amsterdam Summer School - by appointment, email first
Telephone: +31 20 59 86429