Human Movement Analysis

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Human Movement Analysis

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Exercise Biology, Sport and Leisure Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    OVERVIEW
    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. 

    LEVEL
    Advanced Bachelor

    COURSE CONTENT
    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.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES
    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.

    FIELD VISITS

    • 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.

    TEACHING METHODS
    Interactive seminars, practicals

    ASSESSMENT METHODS
    Practical assignment

    TARGET AUDIENCE
    Students from a wide range of science-oriented disciplines, such as Biology, Health Sciences, Physics, Physiotherapy, Sports Sciences and, of course, Human Movement Sciences.

    ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
    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.