Within the Physiology research group we aim to expand our knowledge on neuromuscular plasticity and trainability. We use this knowledge to develop better interventions for improving or maintaining whole body performance in healthy individuals and sportsmen, as well as in vulnerable people as in rehabilitation from injuries, diseases and (neuromuscular) disorders and elderly.

In order to achieve these goals we integrate research results from experiments at different levels: the molecular/cellular level, at isolated and in situ (animal) muscle preparations and whole body human experiments in the laboratory and the field (i.e. rehabilitation centers, sports facilities). 

Current research projects

  • Effects of pre-operative training on muscle performance, inflammation and muscle and bone mass and quality in elderly orthopedic patients (Furrer, Gerrits, Bravenboer, Lips, de Haan)
  • Enhancing surgical muscle lengthening for children with cerebral palsy as an intervention to improve gait (Haberfehlner, Maas, van der Sluijs, Buis, Becher, Jaspers)
  • Neuromuscular factors limiting function in older people: implications for the rehabilitation of orthopaedic patients (van Leeuwen, de Ruiter, van Dieën, Jones, de Haan)
  • Pacing strategies in the heat (Levels, De Koning, Daanen, Foster)
  • Efficacy of night splinting in children with cerebral palsy (Splint) (Maas, Dallmeijer, Jaspers, Huijing, Becher)
  • Emergent behaviour in simulated operations (Nibbeling, Oudejans, de Haan)
  • Efficiency in speed skating (Noordhof, de Koning, Foster, Veeger)
  • Effects of robot-assisted treadmill training in combination with resistance exercise on locomotor performance and quality of life as well as cardiovascular and neuromuscular properties in patients afterstroke and individuals after spinal cord injury (Van Nunen, Gerrits, Janssen, de Haan)
  • Aerobic muscle capacity in patients with Postpoliomyelitis Syndrome (FACTS-2-PPS) (Voorn, Gerrits, Beelen, de Haan, Nollet)