Top-level sport and neurocognitive skills

Department: Clinical, Neuro- & Developmental Psychology
Section: Clinical Neuropsychology
Research area/-theme: neurocognition, sport
Researcher: Lotte Veburgh
In collaboration with: AFC Ajax



What is the relationship between memory, attention, planning skills and reaction times? These skills are extremely important in our everyday life. Is there a connection between them? What factors positively or negatively affect these functions?


The Clinical Neuropsychology section is conducting research into the link between sport and the development of neurocognitive skills in children and young people.
This study examines the specific role that sport plays in the development of neurocognitive skills in children and young people. To establish whether the frequency of participation in sport has an effect, three groups will be compared: young elite sportspeople, young people who regularly participate in sport and young people who do not participate in sport.

For these purposes, VU Amsterdam will work together with the AFC Ajax youth team, amongst others. The research will examine the development of neurocognitive skills in children and young people who regularly participate in high-level sport, as well as whether specific skills can be practised in order to enable better performance.

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