From patients trying to get better, to individuals just trying to stay fit, to top athletes aiming for the pinnacle of their sport – this programme covers many aspects of the relationship between physical activity, health, nutrition and performance.
Why this programme?
On the one hand, exercise and physical activity are means to get or stay healthy. How can we combat health problems using knowledge of the biological and biophysical mechanisms involved in physical activity? On the other hand, physical activity, mobility and performance can also be an aim in itself. How can we help older people to remain mobile and independent? And how can we train and nourish athletes to become Olympic champions?
You have to choose between two specialisations: Health and Rehabilitation or Sports and Nutrition. In the specialisation Health and Rehabilitation, themes as diverse as muscle function and health, energy production and metabolic profiling, and motion analysis in sports and rehabilitation will be covered. Alternatively, the Sports and Nutrition specialisation will cover themes such as performance testing in athletes, dietary requirements based on type, intensity and volume of exercise, and efficacy of nutritional strategies to optimise sports performance.
The Netherlands Institute for Sport and Physical Activity, NOC*NSF, Nestlé and Philips Medical Systems; these are just some of the places where our graduates have found work. Many go on to PhD positions or to work as researchers, but also as product developers, exercise scientists and trainers, and sports nutritionists in companies, (applied) universities, rehabilitation institutes or major sports clubs. You could look for work in the Netherlands and abroad, in organisations such as higher education and research institutes, medical device or pharmaceutical companies, sports counselling or rehabilitation centres, the nutrition industry, foundations for promoting health or fighting disease, government agencies or advisory bodies, sports clubs/associations.verbergen