The Amsterdam Collaboration on Health & Safety in Sports (ACHSS), stands at the forefront of sports medicine research. The ACHSS brings together the two teaching hospitals in Amsterdam (AMC & VUmc), combining the two Dutch leading groups on research and practice on prevention and treatment in sports medicine.
Our research deals with the relationship between physical activity and health. Sufficient levels of physical activity are a necessity for good health, but also entail a risk of injury. Through this website we will keep you updated on our own research and others' who deal with these topics.
Just today the latest 'trailer' on the EuroFit project got released. This video introduces the EuroFit FP7 project - an EU funded research project that seeks to improve men's health by leveraging their ambition to their football clubs.
The ink on this one is still wet. Dirk Dessing and his SchoolZones team just published this study that aimed to increase our understanding of environmental correlates associated with route choice during active transportation to school (ATS). They compared characteristics of actual walking and cycling routes between home and school with the shortest possible route to school.
Evidence on the detrimental health effects of prolonged sedentary behavior is accumulating. Interventions need to have a specific focus on sedentary behavior in order to generate clinically meaningful decreases in sedentary time. When evaluating such intervention, the question whether a participant improved or deteriorated their behavior is fundamental and instruments that are able to detect those changes are essential. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the criterion validity against activPAL and responsiveness to change of two activity monitors (ActiGraph and activPAL) and two questionnaires for the assessment of occupational sitting and standing time.
On november 24th, Laura Viester will defend her thesis on worksite health promotion in the construction industry. This project was carried in a joint effort between our research group, the research group Work and Health of our department and TNO.
Gestational diabetes mellitus is associated with increased risk of adverse perinatal outcomes. Despite this relationship, ways to prevent gestational diabetes mellitus remain unproven. A recent multicenter pilot study, which was co-authored by Judith Jelsma and Mireille van Poppel from our group, compared the impact of three lifestyle interventions on gestational diabetes mellitus risk; healthy eating [HE], physical activity [PA], and both HE and PA [HE+PA].
The relationship between physical activity and academic performance is a hot topic in contemporary PA literature. Does PA lead to an increased ability to study and acquire cognitive skills? The discussion is still open, and evidence for an acute effect of physical activity on cognitive performance within the school setting is limited. We set out to provide previously untold arguments in favour of PA. The purpose of this study was to gain insight into acute effects of a short physical activity bout on selective attention in primary school children, specifically in the school setting.
The potential for adverse effects of PA - injuries - and the need to mitigate them, are mostly ignored in PA research and PA interventions alike. We argue in this piece that injuries should not be neglected and that prevention strategies will ensure that all can enjoy PA throughout their lifespans.
Just recently the BJSM published the Consensus Statement from the first Economics of Physical Inactivity Consensus (EPIC) Conference. This consensus summarises the outcome of discussions as they apply to the health and economic burden of physical inactivity, held at the EPIC Conference in 2011 Vancouver. Specifically, the consensus (1) details existing evidence on effective physical inactivity prevention strategies; (2) introduces economic evaluation and its role in health policy decisions; (3) discusses key challenges in establishing and building health economic evaluation evidence (including accurate and reliable costs and clinical outcome measurement) and (4) provides insight into interpretation of economic evaluations in this critically important field.
This manuscript describes a population based cross-sectional study derived from the HUNT study in Norway. The HUNT study measured in a sample 48,882 adults aged 20 years or older, amongst other outcomes, waist circumference, BMI, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, blood pressure, non-fasting glucose, gamma glutamyltransferase (GGT) and triglycerides. Adjusted multiple regression models were used to test for associations between these biomarkers and self-reported total sitting time, TV-viewing and leisure-time computer use.
Active transport to school is associated with higher levels of physical activity in children. Promotion of active transport has therefore gained attention as a potential target to increase children’s physical activity levels. Recent studies have recognized that the distance between home and school is an important predictor for active travel among children. These studies did not yet use the promising global positioning system (GPS) methods to objectively assess active transport. This study aimed to explore active transport to school in relation to the distance between home and school among a sample of Dutch elementary school children, using GPS. In the current research setting, active transport between home and school was the most frequently used mode of travel. Increasing distance seemed to be associated with higher levels of passive transport. These results are relevant for those involved in decisions on where to site schools and residences, as it may affect healthy behavior among children.