Life is movement: movement is the basis of everything we do. We need to move to survive, to achieve and to enjoy life. Movement cannot always be taken for granted, as is the case with patients whose functional movement is limited due to diseases and/or conditions such as osteoarthritis, cerebral palsy, stroke or a trauma. But also among healthy individuals (especially children, the elderly, athletes and working people), there is often a need to optimise movement in order to maintain or improve the range of movements or to prevent injury.
Human Movement Sciences demonstrates that research into human movement requires a multidisciplinary approach. This multidisciplinary approach is clearly evident at the VU research institute MOVE, where the Human Movement Sciences research is based. In addition to Human Movement Sciences, a number of departments of the VU University Medical Center and ACTA (dentistry) are involved with MOVE.
As a budding movement scientist, I quickly became fascinated by the question of how we human beings are able to walk on two legs. Young children learn these skills and build up their muscles by constant activity, disregarding the tumbles that this learning process brings, while as we grow older our muscular power, speed and balance gradually deteriorate.
My field of interest in the domain of movement sciences is the study of observation and movement in sport, and in other settings where a high level of performance is demanded. In particular, I have studied visual control of the basketball shot, and training and performance under pressure.