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PhD student Prevention of Injuries in Team sports; Smart Sensor Shorts
The Center for Human Movement Sciences is offering a four-year government-funded PhD studentship in the framework of the NWO project ‘Citius Altius Sanius’. …
- Hanzeplein, Groningen, Groningen
- Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
The Center for Human Movement Sciences is offering a four-year government-funded PhD studentship in the framework of the NWO project ‘Citius Altius Sanius’.
Muscle injuries constitute more than a third of all time-loss injuries in soccer and field hockey and cause more than a quarter of the total injury absence, with the hamstrings and adductors being the most frequently involved. Despite diverse efforts on prevention of muscle injuries, there is an annual increase of hamstring injuries in professional soccer and hockey. An important reason for this type of injuries is the high muscle stress during explosive actions like sprinting, directional changes, jumping and kicking in modern game-play. However, the currently available monitoring systems are not able to measure the load of the musculo- skeletal system around the hip.
The project aims at developing a system that is able to identify and monitor hip-related muscle stress. We focus on measuring local movements during isolated actions and game-based training by wearing sensor shorts and develop individual (over)load models that can be used to optimize performance and prevent hip-related muscle injuries. Feedback will be provided real-time to the coach or physical trainer for multiple players simultaneously using an app and tablet. For this we will develop smart sensor shorts that can measure movements around the hip, process the data and transmit it to a laptop. Based on individual biomechanical models, a software tool will be developed, which enables the medical and technical staff to monitor the hip-related muscle stress of 10-20 players simultaneously during isolated actions as well as game-based training to guide the training process and signal overload.
The PhD-student will closely work with researchers and professionals from the participating institutes with the goal to perform and publish innovative research in the area of sports and human movement sciences. The PhD-student will work in two locations: one is the University (1-2 days) and the other location is the Football Campus of the Royal Netherlands Football Association (3-4 days) situated in Zeist. In total, 3 PhD students will work together in this project; one full-time PhD student appointed in Groningen (this vacancy), one full-time PhD student appointed in Amsterdam, and one part-time PhD student in Delft.
- a (research) Master's degree in Sport Sciences, Human Movement Sciences, or related disciplines with a background in exercise and/or biomechanics and/or modeling
- strong analytical skills
- excellent English and academic writing skills
- eagerness to publish international articles and write a dissertation
- excellent organizational and communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team
- affinity with sports, soccer or field hockey in particular
- good command of the Dutch language
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ConditionsThe Center for Human Movement Sciences is offering a four-year government-funded PhD studentship in the framework of the NWO project ‘Citius Altius Sanius’.
Your salary is € 2.279,- gross per month in the first year up to a maximum of € 2.919,- gross per month in the last year (scale PhD). In addition, the UMCG will offer you 8% holiday pay, an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and a development budget. The terms of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for Medical Centers (CAO-UMC).
Additional informationprof. dr. Koen A.P.M. Lemmink, head of the CHMS
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