Netherlands, Amsterdam

Human Movement Analysis

when 22 July 2017 - 5 August 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 1000

From élite sport to clinical rehabilitation, we are constantly using human movement analysis to enhance the physical capabilities of the human body. This course is a practical exploration of that topic. Following a brief general introduction to Human Movement Sciences and a number of two and three-dimensional motion-capture techniques, students move into our extensive laboratory. Fitted with force plates, treadmills, and even a climbing wall, here students collect their own data by performing biomechanical experiments. Students analyse that material using MATLAB, a world-renowned numerical computing environment.

Excursions include trips to the Adidas MiCoach Performance Centre, where the Amsterdam football club Ajax uses movement analysis equipment to enhance both its youth and professional players' capabilities, and to the Amsterdam Rehabilitation Research Centre, where state-of-the-art movement analysis supports the rehabilitation of patients following strokes, spinal-cord injuries, and amputations.

Students are advised to have a good working knowledge of mathematics, in particular differential and integral calculus, and an interest in working with technical software tools.

Course leader

Drs. Theo de Haan

Target group

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

Course aim

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.

Credits info

Contact hours: 45

Fee info

EUR 1000: The tuition fee includes an airport pick-up service, welcome goodiebag, orientation programme, on-site support, 24/7 emergency assistance, and a transcript of records after completion of the course.

An early bird discount of €150 is available for students who apply before 15 March, and students from VU Amsterdam as well as from exchange partner universities will receive a €250 discount. You apply for the discount simply by indicating that you are currently a student at VU Amsterdam or at a partner university in the online application.

All courses include excursions. We will also organize trips and excursions as part of our social programme, which is a great way to get to know your fellow students and learn more about Amsterdam and the Netherlands. The social programme is not included in the tuition fee.

Furnished accommodation is available. Various housing options will be offered.


The Amsterdam Summer School offers ten scholarships that cover the full tuition fee of one course. Information about how to apply for the scholarship will be posted on the website.

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